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DIVERSITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM

The mission of MDHA is to provide minority, women, and small business enterprises with fair and equal accessibility to all its procurement opportunities. Collectively we refer to these businesses as “Diversity Business Enterprise (DBE).” MDHA is committed to increasing the participation in all aspects of its’ contracting of purchasing programs, including but not limited to procurement of equipment, construction and development projects, and professional services.

Diversity Business Enterprise Policy

It is the policy of MDHA to assist minority, women and small business enterprise firms in their aspirations of viability and growth, which support a more stable economic community. To this extent, we join with community agencies and organizations that support these businesses to create greater opportunities for these entrepreneurs in the attainment of mutually beneficial social and economic objectives. Minority, women and small business enterprise firms will be given the maximum practicable opportunity, consistent with efficient performance and applicable law, to compete for and participate in contracts, subcontracts, purchase orders and other procurement actions.

Businesses bidding or proposing on procurements are required to comply with the provisions of these procedures. MDHA prohibits discrimination against any person or business in pursuit of procurement opportunities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. MDHA will conduct its contracting and purchasing programs so as to prevent any discrimination and to resolve all allegations of discrimination.

Diversity Business Enterpise Certifications

Certification ensures that minority, women, and small business firms benefit from MDHA procurement opportunities. Minority, women, and small businesses are included in our vendor listing according to capacity, capability, procurement code, and M/W/SBE status. Identification of minority, women and small businesses is necessary to evaluate their participation in MDHA contract activity and calculate the percentage of construction and purchases awarded annually to M/W/SBE’s. MDHA will accept minority, women, and service-disabled business certifications, including small business approvals from the following agencies:

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

Minority group members own, operate, and control at least 51% of the company. Definitions for minority groups include the following categories: Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native Indian. We accept MBE certifications from the following organizations:

  • Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (GODBE)
  • Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA)
  • Small Business Administration, TN District Office (SBA)
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council-TSMSDC-MBE

Women Business Enterprise (WBE)

Women own, operate, and control at least 51% of the company. We accept certifications from the following organizations:

  • Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (GODBE)
  • Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA)
  • Women Business Enterprise Council (WBEC)

Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVBE)

Service-disabled veterans own, operate, and control at least 51% of the company. We accept certifications from the organizations listed below.

  • Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (GODBE)

Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

As defined in section 4.44.010 of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Code of Laws, a business independently owned and operated, the number of employees or the annual sales volume for the applicable industry shall not exceed Metro Nashville Government’s established limits. We accept Metro Nashville Government’s Business Assistance Office (BAO).

  • Metro Nashville Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (BAO)    bao@nashville.gov

For questions regarding MBE/WBE Certification and SBE Approval

Please contact MDHA Diversity Business Enterprise Program Consultant at:
gdavis@simsdiversityconsult.com

VENDOR DATABASE. The Agency vendor database is available for viewing on this site. Vendors needing to update or make corrections to information should resubmit a new vendor application.

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