Certifications

Suppliers must hold a certified diverse business classification in one of the below categories for inclusion as a diverse supplier in the LSU supplier database. LSU is not a certifying entity. Certifications must be obtained by a third-party qualifying agency and documentation will be vetted for compliance.

Classification Type

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Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

To be certified as a minority-owned business, a firm must be at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by one or more people who are Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Hispanic or Native American.

Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

To be certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise, a firm must be at least 51% woman-owned, operated, and controlled.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

To be certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, a firm must be a business owned and at least 51% owned & controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s). 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender-owned Business Enterprises (LGBTBE)

To be certified as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender-owned Business Enterprise, a firm must be a business owned and at least 51% owned & controlled by LGBT individual(s). 

Veteran-Owned Business (VOB)

To be certified as a Veteran/Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, a firm must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more service-disabled veteran(s), have one or more service-disabled veteran(s) manage day-to-day operations and also make long-term decisions. Eligible veterans must have a service-connected disability.

The Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship certification is open to Louisiana military personnel (active duty, Reservists and Veterans) who have the intent to start a business.

Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) To be certified as a Disability-Owned Enterprise, a firm must be at least 51% owned, operated, controlled, and managed by a person with a disability.
Small Business (Small) To be certified as a U.S. SBA 8(a)-SBA Business, a firm must be at least 51% owned and controlled by U.S. citizens who are socially and economically disadvantaged, have not been previously certified as an 8(a), have a personal net worth of $750K or less, adjusted gross income of $350K or less and $6 million or less in assets, demonstrate good character and potential to perform on contracts.

The Hudson Initiative and Small and Emerging Business Development certifications are open to all Louisiana businesses that meet the eligibility requirements of Louisiana Economic Development (LED).

 

 


Rev 2/24/2022

The Process

  • Complete the online LSU Supplier Registration Form
  • LSU Procurement Services approves application
  • Certification status is verified
  • Suppliers added to Supplier Diversity Program to receive weekly opportunities emails
  • Submit updated certification documents by renewal date to remain certified

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Supplier Diversity Help Desk
225-578-2291
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