Washington University strives to increase economic opportunities for diverse businesses in the procurement of goods and services across the university. To be considered for various opportunities that exist within WashU, Supplier Diversity has outlined the following process.

Women Owned Businesses
  1. Fill out a profile via our Supplier Registration Form.
  2. Upon completion, you will receive an automated email confirming we received your submission.
  3. Within one month of receiving your registration, our Supplier Diversity team will connect with you to discuss your capabilities in detail.
  4. At that point, your business will be included in a database of current and potential suppliers that can be accessed by WashU employees interested in matching diverse businesses to procurement opportunities within the university. Note: Inclusion in this database does not guarantee work with WashU but rather serves as a tool to connect WashU with potential businesses while increasing awareness about your capabilities. 
  5. In some circumstances (based on work scope, procurement dollar value, etc.), you may be required to undergo a pre-qualification process. This might include a review of references, finances, insurance and safety records. Note: Completion of the pre-qualification process does not constitute a contract with the University. 
  6. As appropriate, the Supplier Diversity team will also share your capabilities with suitable departments, including Resource Management, Medical and Danforth construction teams as well as relevant schools and departments.
  7. If you are contacted about a potential opportunity at WashU, we encourage you to respond promptly to requests for information or proposals.
  8. Please keep in mind that any goods and services acquired from any business enterprise must meet WashU’s high standards relating to value, quality and timeliness.
  9. For more information on diverse businesses, please review the business classification definitions and resources outlined below.
  10. Please contact us directly with any questions.

Business Classification Definitions

Minority Small Business Concern, as used in this provision, means a small business concern that (1) is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged, or a publicly owned business having at least 51 percent of its stock owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and (2) has its management and daily business controlled by one or more such individuals.

Qualified Groups. Socially and economically disadvantaged individuals shall be presumed to include Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Asian Indian Americans, and other individuals found to be qualified by the SBA under 13 CFR 124.1.

Native Americans, as used in this provision, means American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, and native Hawaiians.

Asian Pacific American, as used in this provision, means a United States citizen whose origins are in Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust territory of the Pacific Islands, the Northern Marina Islands, Laos, Cambodia, or Taiwan.
Small Business Act, section 3 (a)

Small Business Concern, as used in this provision, means a concern, including its affiliates, that is independently owned and operated, not dominant in the field of operation in which it might bid on Government contracts, and qualified as a small business under the criteria and size standards in 13 CFR 21.
Small Business Act, section 8 (a) 4 A & B, and 5 & 6

Women-Owned Small Business Concern, as used in this provision, means a small business that is at least 51 percent owned by a woman or women who are U.S. citizens and who also control and operate the business.

For the definition of a small business concern, please see Item B.

For more information about business classification definitions, please visit:

Public Law 95-507, chapter 2, paragraph C