Supplier Classification Definitions

Minority-owned business
At least 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by one or more African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Indian Americans, or Asian Pacific Americans. Acceptable certifications are provided by the National Minority Supplier Development Council and by federal, state, and local governments.

Women-owned business
At least 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. Acceptable certifications are provided by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, the National Women Business Owners Corporation, and by federal, state, and local governments.

Small business enterprise
Independently owned and operated and not dominant in its field of operations. The size will vary from industry to industry and is defined by the Small Business Administration.

Small disadvantaged business
At least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged. This category can include a publicly owned business that has at least 51 percent of its stock owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and whose management and daily business are controlled by one or more such individuals.

8(a)
Small disadvantaged businesses that are certified as 8(a) by the Small Business Administration.

HUBZone business
Small business operating in a historically underutilized business zone owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens where at least 35 percent of its employees reside in a HUBZone. HUBZone businesses must be certified by the Small Business Administration.

Veteran-owned business
At least 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by one or more veterans.

Service-disabled veteran-owned business
At least 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by one or more individuals with a service-connected disability.