Business Diversity FAQs
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Business Diversity FAQs

 

What is a DBE?

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise – small businesses where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own, at minimum, 51% of the company and control management and daily business operations.

What is HUBZone?

Historically Underutilized Business – this program promotes economic development and creates jobs in rural and urban communities by providing federal contracting preferences to small businesses.

What is an MBE?

Minority Business Enterprise – a business that is owned, operated and, at minimum, 51% controlled by minority group members. Minority groups are classified as: African American, Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Hispanic, and Native American.

What is a SDVOSB?

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business – a small business that is at least 51% owned directly and unconditionally by a service-disabled veteran and managed and controlled by a service-disabled veteran or, spouse or permanent caregiver.

What is a SDB?

Small Disadvantaged Business – a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged.

What is a VOSB?

Veteran-Owned Small Business – a small business that is at least 51% owned by one or more eligible veterans.

What is a WBE?

Women Business Enterprise – a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more women.

What is a WOSB?

Women-Owned Small Business – a small business that is at least 51% owned by one or more women and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.

How can I work with Walbridge?

The first step in doing business with Walbridge is to pre-qualify. You are invited to complete our online Pre-qualification Form.

Why is it important that I pre-qualify?

Pre-qualifying ensures that we know your company’s capabilities in advance of bidding opportunities. When you pre-qualify online, it automatically feeds our Invitation To Bid (ITB) list. You are invited to bid based on your NAICS/SIC codes in the completed pre-qualification form. If a question / area does not pertain to your company, please fill it in as N/A; this indicates that you did not skip the question. Please make certain that you attach all certifications that your company holds.

Should you need additional information or have other questions related to the certified section, please call 313-963-8000 and ask to speak to our Manager of Supplier Diversity.

Where can I find bidding opportunities?

To find bidding opportunities, please review our Bid Agenda. The Bid Agenda lists the projects that we are bidding. The Bid Agenda contains the pertinent info on the estimator in charge of the project, due date and scope of work for each project. We encourage you to contact the estimator in charge of the project that you wish to learn more about.

How do I become certified as a MBE or WBE?

To become a certified MBE through the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), please visit the NMSDC web site. If you are located in Michigan, you can visit the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) web site.

To become a certified WBE through Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), please visit the WBENC web site. If your business is located in Michigan, you can visit the Women’s Business Enterprise Council Great Lakes web site.

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