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Supplier Diversity Program

Sinclair is committed to the goal of enhancing economic opportunities for small and socially/economically disadvantaged businesses, as well as minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned, LGBTQIA-owned, and disabled-owned diverse businesses. Therefore, Sinclair encourages certified small and diverse suppliers to participate in the bidding of contracts, and to connect with Sinclair buyers for future opportunities to provide goods and services to the college.

Additionally, we encourage non-diverse contractors to help support our Supplier Diversity Program as they perform contract work here at the college. This can be achieved through active partnership with and reporting the use of small and diverse suppliers in Tier II subcontracting spend.

Program Objectives

Sinclair's long-term objective is to attain 15% of its annual volume in Tier I diverse spend. The college seeks to accomplish this goal by increase Sinclair’s overall small and diverse supplier base, networking with local, regional, and state organizations that are committed to supplier diversity, providing internal and external marketing and education for the Supplier Diversity Program, and refined capture and reporting of diverse spend.

The Supplier Diversity Program Supervisor is tasked with heading up the program’s efforts, following the Strategic Plan for Diversifying Suppliers to Sinclair College developed by VP of Administration Jeff Miller. The SDP Supervisor regularly meets with small and diverse suppliers, establishes tools and resources for campus buyers to connect with suppliers, attends conferences and workshops related to supplier diversity, collaborates with supplier diversity experts at other institutions, and encourages businesses to seek certification to heighten their visibility.

This program only works with your help! For more information about Sinclair's Supplier Diversity Program and how you can help make it a success, please send an email to

Certified Small and Diverse Suppliers

There are many local, state, and national organizations that offer diverse certifications. While most use the same criteria for their certification requirements, some have slightly different naming conventions. For Sinclair’s Supplier Diversity Program, we have adopted the most common diverse classifications amongst these organizations.

  • Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE): 51% owned by a person of minority ethnicity. Includes Asian, Black, Hispanic, Indian Subcontinent, Native American and more.
  • Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE): 51% owned by a woman. Includes Woman-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB).
  • Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (VBE): 51% owned by a veteran. Includes Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and SBA 8(a) Business Development Program: 51% owned by someone considered socially and economically disadvantaged. Includes African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific and Subcontinent Asian Americans, and all women.
  • Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE): Includes individuals eligible for DBE and SBA 8(a), plus those with chronic physical or mental disabilities, and business owners whose long-term residence lie in an environment isolated from the mainstream of American society.
  • LGBT+ Business Enterprise (LGBTBE): 51% owned by a person/persons who are part of the LGBT+ community. Includes transgender and non-binary/gender non-conforming individuals.
  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE): Suppliers that possess small business certifications. Does not include self-certified businesses.

How to Apply for Certification in Ohio

There are a number of certification programs available to businesses in the state of Ohio, many of which will process your certification application at no cost. Visit these links and get on the road to certification today! Once you've received your certification, or if you have any issues during the certification process, please notify us at

Memberships, Partnerships, and Other Resources

In our effort to connect with more diverse suppliers and keep track of what’s new in the area of supplier diversity, Purchasing regularly partners with the Dayton Minority Business Partnership (MBP) in local community events and small business outreach. Purchasing has also acquired memberships with the following organizations: 

The City of Dayton Human Relations Council and the State of Ohio also maintain several certified diverse vendor databases, which are updated regularly and publically available:

Subcontracting (Tier II)

Sinclair seeks to obtain 10% of its annual supplier volume with certified small and diverse suppliers as subcontractors. To assist us with this goal, we strongly encourage a Good Faith Effort from our Tier I contractors. If you are awarded a construction contract by Sinclair and plan to use a small or diverse supplier for Tier II subcontracting needs, please download the Good Faith Effort Guidelines and Subcontracting Plan to track your Tier II spend.

If you are a small or diverse supplier currently working as a subcontractor on a Sinclair project and you're experiencing any issues, please contact the SDP Supervisor at


Sinclair College's supplier diversity efforts recognized in the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council's annual Connections Magazine.

Sinclair's Vendor Registry Portal

Vendors are invited to add their company information to Sinclair’s Vendor Registry portal. If you are a diverse supplier that’s interested in working with Sinclair, visit the Vendor Registry section of our Doing Business with Sinclair page for more information.

Sinclair buyers can now access Vendor Registry for upcoming opportunities. If you would like to receive buyer access for your department, please contact the SDP Supervisor at