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Become a Diversity Supplier

Let us help you succeed in your small business!

We look for opportunities to partner with Diversity Suppliers across our Department. Our goal is to procure at least 5% of our products and services from Diversity Suppliers who qualify as a small business.

What is a small business?

In Washington state, a small business is defined by law as one that employs 50 people or less, and is independently owned and operated.

Do you qualify?

You may become a diversity supplier if you are a licensed small business owner and one or more of the following applies to your business:

  • Minority-owned
  • Woman-owned
  • Veteran-owned
  • Socially or economically disadvantaged

What we buy

The Department purchases a wide variety of products and services from small business diversity suppliers.  See a complete list.

Interested in becoming a diversity supplier?

  • Step One:  Licensed business owners can find out if they are eligible for either the state or federal program (or both) through the Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (OMWBE).  Complete the QwikChek.
  • Step Two:  If you are eligible, apply for certification through OMWBE.

Don't have a business license yet?  Apply online with a Master Business Application

Veterans can find out how the Washington State Department of Veteran's Affairs can promote their business.

Bidding opportunities for your business: