IIT is committed to identifying opportunities for and working with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) both directly and through non-MBE contractors.
With respect to the use of minority or women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs), IIT requires that ordering departments:
Ensure that MWBEs are utilized to the fullest extent possible.
Make information on forthcoming opportunities available to M/WBEs, and encourage and facilitate their participation in these opportunities.
Consider in the contract award process whether firms competing for larger contracts intend to subcontract with small businesses, minority-owned firms, and women’s business enterprises.
Consider contracting with consortiums of small businesses, minority-owned firms and women’s business enterprises when a contract is too large for one of these firms to handle individually.
Use the services and assistance as appropriate of such organizations as the Small Business Administration and the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency in the solicitation and utilization of small businesses, minority-owned firms and women’s business enterprises.
IIT incorporates detailed MWBE inclusion plans into its Request for Proposals (RFPs.)
If you are seeking Minority Business Enterprise MBE/ Women Business Enterprise (WBE) Status, please note that IIT requires certification of such status.
Minority Owned Business Enterprises (MBEs) can be certified two ways:
- Register with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).
- Provide current state or local government certifications clearly stating minority-owned status (subject to review)
Women-owned businesses can be certified two ways:
- Register with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
- Current state or local government certifications clearly stating woman-owned status (subject to review)
As defined by the NMSDC, a Minority-Owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated and controlled by minority group members. Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51 percent ownership, which means that at least 51 percent is owned, controlled, and managed by one or more such individuals or, in the case of publicly owned businesses, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned, controlled, and managed by one or more such individuals. Further, those minority group members control the management and daily operations. "Minority group members" are United States citizens who are:
- Asian-Indian: A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
- Asian-Pacific: A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.
- Black: A U.S. citizen having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
- Hispanic: A U.S. citizen of trueborn Hispanic heritage, from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of Latin America or the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin only.
- Native American: A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the continental United States and proof can be provided through a Native American Blood Degree Certificate (i.e., tribal registry letter, tribal roll).
To be recognized as a WMBE, the business must be at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by U.S. citizens belonging to one or more of the following groups: African American, Hispanic American, Asian-Indian America, Asian-Pacific American, Native American or Women.
Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SCVOSB)
To be seen as a SDVOSB, a small business concern must meet the following two conditions through a self-certification process:
- At least 51% owned by one or more Service-Disabled Veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more Service-Disabled Veterans; and
- Management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more Service-Disabled Veterans or, in the case of a veteran with a permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such a veteran.
Vendor Application (Use this application form ONLY if you do not have a current relationship with IIT, but wish to be considered as a potential vendor.)
If you already have established a relationship with IIT and are awaiting a pending order, use the Nominated Vendor Application Form.
Also see IIT's outreach to the local community: IIT's Office of Community Affairs (OCA) Enhancing Technology for Small Business (ETSB) program and the Jules F. Knapp Entreprenuer Center at IIT
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