Supplier Diversity - Obtaining Certification


To ensure that the University is dealing with approved certified diverse suppliers of goods and services, and to give equal opportunity to all qualified diverse suppliers in pursuit of University business, th University allows those enterprises which are not "certified" a ninety (90) day grace period to apply for certification from any of the certifying organizations and a one hundred and eighty (180) day period for obtaining certification. If the enterprise is not certified after six (6) months of a University business relationship, the University may cease providing informal preferences for that enterprise until certification is granted.


Listed below are the local certifying organizations:

  • Small Business Administration (SBA) - Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) or 8(a) certification is necessary if expenditures with a company are to count towards SDB commitment for contracts or projects associated with federal government funding, which come under P.L. 95-507 or other federal laws or regulation.
  • Commonwealth of PA - MBE/WBE and/or Socially and Economically Restricted Business (SERB)
    certifications by the Commonwealth of PA are necessary when considering expenditures for contracts or projects associated with Commonwealth grant or contract funding.
  • Allegheny County - MBE/WBE/or DBE Certification by Allegheny County is widely accepted by both public and private corporations and organizations interested in identifying approved certified suppliers of goods and services.
  • Port Authority - All diverse suppliers listed and certified by Port Authority are certified to meet the
    eligibility as outlined in DOT regulations 49CFR, Part 26.
  • Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Diversity Council (WPMSDC) - The WPSDC is an affiliate of
    the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The NMSDC Network includes a
    National Office in New York and 39 regional councils across the country. There are 3,500 corporate members throughout the network, including most of America's largest publicly owned, privately owned and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The regional councils certify and match more than 15,000 minority owned businesses (Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American) with member corporations that want to purchase goods and services.

Certification is necessary for contracted spending to be counted as DBE, WBE, or MBE commitment activity under certain agencies, i.e., Federal, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The University of Pittsburgh, however, when contracting for all non-Commonwealth or Federally funded commodities and/or services accepts certification from any of the above certifying agencies. Application for certification can be made to the certifying agencies at the site and locations listed below:

Small Business Administration (SBA) Dr. Kelly Hunt , District Director
Pittsburgh District Office
411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1450
Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: (412) 395-6560
Fax: (412) 395-6562
Commonwealth of PA - Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion & Small Business Opportunities

North Office Building

401 North Street, Room 611

Harrisburg, PA 17120

Phone: (717) 783-3119


Allegheny County: Department of Equity and Inclusion Lisa Edmonds, Acting Director
204 County Office Building
542 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 350-4309 Fax: (412) 350-4915
Port Authority - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Diverse Business Program
Online Contact Form
Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council Valarie Cofield, President & CEO
322 North Shore Drive, Building 1B, Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15212


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