Thank you for your interest in becoming an OBE supplier! If you’d like to introduce your company’s products and/or services, please complete the following. If you are an existing supplier, thank you for taking the time to complete the form. Please be prepared with the following information BEFORE completing vendor registration:
• Basic Company Info
• Contact Info
• Federal Tax ID Number or EIN
• Diverse Business Certification
• Sustainability Certification
OBE VENDOR DIVERSITY POLICY
Small and diverse businesses drive our economy on both the national and local levels. Promoting an environment for these businesses to thrive is important to OBE, and we are taking steps to accomplish this by fostering an inclusive procurement process that provides the maximum opportunity for small and diverse businesses to participate as partners and suppliers of goods and services. An additional benefit of ensuring that these suppliers are included in the procurement process is increased competition, which leads to lower costs and increased levels of innovation, service and product quality. By utilizing and partnering with small and diverse companies, OBE will continue to build a supplier base that contributes to our competitive advantage.
In addition to small businesses, OBE is interested in engaging with businesses that fall into one or more of the following diversity categories:
Disability-owned Business Enterprises (DOBE)
Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB Zone)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender -owned Business Enterprises (LGBTBE)
Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBE)
Service-disabled Veteran-owned Businesses (SDVBE)
Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB)
Veteran-owned Businesses (VBE)
Woman-owned Business Enterprises (WBE)
These businesses must be at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by persons who fit into one of these categories. MBE, WBE, LGBTBE and SDVOB businesses must be certified as such by an independent certification agency. Owners of businesses that fall into the other categories must be willing to sign a self-classification affidavit.
OBE’s Supplier Diversity efforts include: Identifying services / products that are well represented by small and diverse businesses and pro-actively reach out to qualified vendors when sourcing opportunities are available.
Actively supporting and participate with the advocacy agencies that support the growth, development, and certification of diverse companies, including:
National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC)
US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
Small and diverse businesses interested in doing business with OBE should register their companies at www.obexp.com/supplier. Should a sourcing opportunity become available for which you are qualified, a member of the OBE team will contact you directly.
Interested in learning more? See how we partnered with Facebook to engage diverse-owned businesses throughout their Community Boost program, here.