1. What is the Business Development Program?
  2. What does the University of Miami expect from its suppliers?
  3. What categories of products and services does the University of Miami purchase?
  4. What is a minority-owned business enterprise (MBE)?
  5. What is a certified business?
  6. Does the University of Miami provide assistance for suppliers to become certified?
  7. How can I register my company as a University of Miami vendor?
  8. What are the advantages of completing the Business Development Program’s Vendor Profile Form?
  9. How does the Business Development Program help registered vendors?
  10. Who do I contact if I have further questions?

    1.What is the Business Development Program?

    The Business Development Program is a good faith effort by the University of Miami to provide small businesses equal access to purchasing opportunities. The program promotes supplier participation reflective of our diverse business community and encourages local economic development. The University actively encourages participation by minority and women owned businesses as well as small and underutilized businesses.

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    2.What does the University of Miami expect from its suppliers?

    The University of Miami sets high standards of performance for itself. Likewise, we expect the same from our suppliers, in areas such as quality, responsiveness and service commitments. We appreciate suppliers who continually look for ways to help us lower our costs through savings in all areas. The University looks favorably on companies who take advantage of the use of technology to maintain a competitive edge and can add to their responsiveness.

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    3.What categories of products and services does the University of Miami purchase?

    The University of Miami purchases a wide range of commodities and services from many businesses. The selection of vendors and contractors are based on criteria which may include competition prices, quality and timely delivery of services and goods. A partial list of What We Buy is included in this website.

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    4.What is a minority-owned business enterprise (MBE)?

    A minority-owned business enterprise is a business enterprise that is 51% owned or controlled by one or more socially or economically disadvantaged person(s). Such disadvantages may arise from cultural, racial, or economic circumstances. Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) may include, but not limited to African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans.

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    5.What is a certified business?

    Certification means that your company’s day-to-day operations and ownership structure has been thoroughly reviewed by a certifying agency and it has been determined to be consistent with a business that meets the agency’s criteria. Certifications are used to authenticate business ownership as a true ethnic minority, small business or women-owned business enterprise. There are several organizations that actively certify businesses including, Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (SFMSDC), the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). There are also state and local certifications that may be obtained.

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    6.Does the University of Miami provide assistance for suppliers to become certified?

    The University of Miami currently does not have any programs to assist suppliers in the registration or certification process; however the Small Business Administration (SBA) hosts workshops and networking opportunities for small businesses. Please check the SBA website for more details.

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    7.How can I register my company as a University of Miami vendor?

    Your company does not become a University of Miami vendor until it has formalized a purchasing arrangement with the University. The University of Miami Purchasing Department maintains a database of active vendors. The Business Development Program maintains a separate database of potential vendors. We require that any business interested in being added to our vendor database to complete the Vendor Profile Form.

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    8.What are the advantages of completing the Business Development Program’s Vendor Profile Form?

    University of Miami Buyers and other sourcing agents throughout the University have access to the BDP database. Once you have completed the form and your company’s profile is in our system, products and services can be easily searched by commodity codes and comparatively analyzed with existing vendors. Our vendor profile is password secured and can be updated periodically.

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    9.How does the Business Development Program help registered vendors?

    Registered vendors may be considered when the University purchases needed products and services. These vendors can also take advantage of workshops and networking opportunities offered through Business Development and may be selected for our Vendor in the Spotlight program.

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    10.Who do I contact if I have further questions?

    If you have additional questions or if you want to learn more about the University of Miami Business Development Program, please contact Sophia Galvin at (305) 243-2437 or via email, s.galvin@miami.edu.

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