The College supports local, diverse, and disadvantaged businesses in its procurement processes, as diversity fosters positive economic impacts and increases competition within the College’s pool of suppliers for goods and services, including construction services.

  1. The College is committed to including local, diverse, and disadvantaged businesses in its procurement processes whenever possible.
    • For the purpose of this policy the following definitions will apply:
      • A local business is a business with location(s) in Montgomery County.
      • A diverse business is a business that is at least 51 percent owned by a minority, woman, veteran, LGBT individual, or an individual with a disability.
      • A disadvantaged business is a small business that is owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged persons as defined in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 26, or Title 13 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 124, and certified in accordance with those federal regulations.
    • The College does not certify diverse or disadvantaged businesses. The College accepts the certification of the following approved certifying agencies. The College will accept the certification of other certifying agencies and/or the federal, state, or local government on a case by case basis. Certification by an agency may also require that the diverse business be a small business (such as in the case of a veteran-owned business).
      • National Minority Supplier Development Council
      • The Enterprise Center/Minority Business Development Agency Center of Pennsylvania
      • Woman’s Business Enterprise National Council
      • VetBiz
      • National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
      • Disability:IN
      • Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program
      • U.S. Small Business Administration
    • The College when appropriate will develop targets for the participation of local, diverse, and disadvantaged businesses in the procurement of goods and services, including construction services.
    • The College when appropriate will include price preferences or evaluation credit for local, diverse, or disadvantaged business status in solicitations for goods and services, including construction services.
  2. The College will assist local, diverse, and disadvantaged businesses in understanding the College’s procurement process.
  3. The College will place local, diverse, and disadvantaged businesses on solicitation lists.
  4. The College’s Director of Procurement is responsible for providing annual reports of local, diverse, and disadvantage business participation. The Director of Procurement will provide data to the Finance Committee of the College’s Board of Trustees to assist the Finance Committee in establishing an initial baseline of current participation as well as goals and targets for future participation. The Finance Committee will establish goals and targets and will work with the College’s Director of Procurement and Vice President for Finance and Administration to implement and track such goals and targets.

This section on providing assistance to local, diverse and disadvantaged businesses shall not be applicable where prohibited by federal, state or local law or where the application of this section may jeopardize the receipt of federal or state funds.

Please include certification when registering to be recognized as a Local, Diverse, and Disadvantaged Business.


The Assistance to Local, Diverse, and Disadvantaged Businesses content is an excerpt from the Board of Trustees Policy on Procurement. Read the full Procurement Policy.