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Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion, and Small Business Opportunity

Taking Action Against Disparities

As a result of the first-ever Commonwealth Disparity Study in 2018, significant insight was gained into the challenges faced by small businesses (SBs) and small diverse businesses (SDBs) when it comes to state government contracting and the overall economy. Based on the recommendations of the study, Governor Wolf is committed to implementing policies and programs that will get the commonwealth on a path of improvement in the quality and quantity of opportunities for SBs and SDBs. These efforts will be centered around the implementation of Goal Setting, the establishment of a Veterans Business Enterprise (VBE) program and the revitalization of the Small Business Reserve (SBR) program.

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Resources for businesses affected by COVID-19

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Understanding Emergency Procurements

Announcing PRiSM

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of General Services is pleased to announce the release of our new Small Business (SB), Small Diverse Business (SDB), and Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) management software, PRiSM.

PRiSM supports the mission of the Department’s Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion & Small Business Opportunities (BDISBO) to assist small, diverse, and veteran businesses in competing for Commonwealth contracting opportunities. Once It will allow:

  • Prime vendors to report payments to their SDB and VBE vendors
  • SDB and VBE vendors to acknowledge receipt of Prime payments
  • BDISBO to track payment compliance

Click here for instructions to self-certify as SB or verify as SDB or VBE through PRiSM. Current SBs, SDBs, and VBEs must register as PRiSM users to access their PRiSM accounts, view their certifications, and download their SB, SDB, and VBE certificates.

To search for SBs, SDBs, and VBEs, click on Small Business Self-Certification or Small Diverse Business Verification > Locate Small, Small Diverse & Veteran Businesses.

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