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Small Diverse Business Procurement FAQs


What criteria define an entity as a small diverse business (SDB)?

An SDB is a DGS-verified minority-owned business, woman-owned business, veteran-owned business, service-disabled veteran-owned, disability-owned, or LGBT-owned business.

To be considered a DGS-verified SDB an entity must have completed a Small Business self-certification and hold a current certification from an approved third party entities. See Small Diverse Business Verification for more information.

What happens if during a contract a SDB utilizing one of the above listed certifications for eligibility expires or a company graduates from the SB or SDB program?

As long as the SB or SDB holds a valid DGS certification or verification at the time of bid or proposal submission, they are a valid SB or SDB in good standing for the term of the contract.