Supplier Diversity Initiative

Local, Small And Minority Business Outreach 

Our mission is to provide equal access to procurement opportunities for local, small and minority-owned enterprises (MBEs).  In addition, Augusta University encourages majority suppliers to support minority-owned firms through supplier development assistance, subcontracting opportunities, mentoring and/or the purchase of products from MBE sources.  We are committed to ensuring that our supplier diversity initiative strengthens the local, small and minority businesses that are critical to the future of our business and the community we serve We value diversity. It's good for business. It's good for all of us.

  • Augusta University actively seeks diversity within the business community and provides equal opportunity for all companies that wish to do Doing Business with Us.  
  • Diversity among our suppliers and vendors affords us - and the community we serve - superior products at competitive pricing.
  • We have established a Minority and Small Business Program to identify commercial enterprises that have the potential to provide needed services and commodities for our education, research, and clinical operations.
  • Each year the Supply Management, Purchasing Office is involved in a number of outreach activities with minority and small businesses.  Suppliers and Augusta University employees use this time to network and build strong relationships in order to establish strategic business practices for our mutual benefit and for the good of the community.
  • The Augusta University MBE/SBE program provides free assistance to all qualified businesses that are interested in doing business with us.  Please contact our Purchasing Department to learn more about this program

 What is required to do business with Augusta University as a diverse supplier?

To be considered for business with Augusta University as a diverse supplier, the company must be 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more persons from the following groups:

  • African American (includes persons whose origins are any of the black racial groups of Africa)
  • Asian Indian American  (includes persons whose origins are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh)
  • Hispanic (includes persons whose origins are from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean)
  • Native American (includes American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts or Native Hawaiians)
  • Asian-Pacific American (includes persons 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)

Note : Women owned businesses are not considered a minority in Georgia.

What criteria are used to select a diverse supplier to do business with Augusta University and what services does Augusta University buy/procure?

The criteria we use to select a diverse supplier are the same used to select a majority supplier. Suppliers are selected based on product quality, value-added service, competitive pricing and excellent customer service. 

Accounting Services
Architecture Services
Audio Visual Equipment & Services
Construction Services
Engineering Services
Food Service Suppliers (paper plates, napkins, etc.)
Fundraising Services
Graphic Design Services
Grounds Maintenance/Horticulture Services
IT Services
Insurance Services
Janitorial Services & Supplies
Maintenance Services
Marketing Services
Medical Equipment
Office Furniture & Supplies
Printing Services
Research Equipment & Supplies
Public Relations Services
Security Services
Telecommunications Services

To get on our Local, Small & Minority Business database follow the steps below:

  1. Step 1 - Find your NIGP Codes
  2. Step 2 - Complete Supplier Profile

We also encourage you to register as a state-wide supplier with the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) system by double clicking the word "register. Augusta University as well as all other state Agencies, Colleges, Universities, etc. post their bid announcements on this site as well. If you have additional questions about Augusta University’s Supplier Diversity Program, please contact us.

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