Supplier Diversity Procurement Program

MxD is pleased to announce the implementation of our Supplier Diversity Procurement Program.  When all business considerations are determined to be equal among competitive suppliers, staff are encouraged to award contracts to local small businesses, minority owned business enterprises (MBE), women owned business enterprises (WBE), disadvantaged, veteran-owned, and other diverse businesses.

What Is Supplier Diversity?

Supplier diversity emphasizes the creation of a diverse supply chain that works to secure the inclusion of diverse groups in the procurement plans for government, not-for-profits, and private industry. Additionally, it promotes supplier participation reflective of an organization’s diverse customer base, MxD’s membership ecosystem.

Who Qualifies as a “Diverse” Business at MxD?

For US-headquartered businesses, a diverse business is defined as one that is 51% or more owned, operated, and managed by someone who fits in one or more of following categories:


■    Woman who is a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S.

■    Minority who is a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S.

■    Veteran who is a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S.

■    Disabled person who is a US citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S.

■    Disadvantaged business (business owner must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S.)

■    LGBTQ+ business owner who is a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S.

■    Or if the business is located in a HUBZone: operates and employs individuals residing in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Path 8 Created with Sketch.
Path 8 Created with Sketch.
Path 8 Created with Sketch.
Path 8 Created with Sketch.

Supplier Diversity Questionnaire

MxD invites your participation as a diverse business supplier to the Supplier Diversity Program. Please complete the Supplier Diversity Questionnaire to be added to the MxD supplier diversity database. Inclusion in the database does not guarantee business with MxD.

U.S. Accreditation Organizations

Any supplier asserting to be diverse owned, must provide third-party certification to MxD (at the supplier’s own expense, if applicable).
Preferred third-party certifications (U.S. only) include the following:

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping women-owned businesses thrive.

Visit Website

National Minority Supplier Development Council

The global leader in advancing Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in the global corporate supply chain.

Visit Website

National Veteran Business Development Council

NVBDC is a nationally recognized and the accepted source for corporations seeking certified Service-Disabled and Veteran-Owned Businesses.

Visit Website


Disability:IN is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide.

Visit Website

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

The NGLCC is the business voice of the LGBT community, the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses.

Visit Website

Federal Agencies

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

Visit Website

State of Illinois, Business Enterprise Program (BEP)

The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Council was established to help implement, monitor and enforce the goals of the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females and Persons with Disabilities Act.

Visit Website

City of Chicago Certification and Compliance System

The Department of Procurement Services (DPS) is the contracting, certification, and compliance authority for the City of Chicago.

Visit Website
Email Us

Are you from outside of Illinois?

MxD may accept other state, county or city certifications. Please contact if you propose to use an unlisted third-party certification agency or organization.

Email Us

Supplier Diversity Procurement Program FAQ