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Supplier Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program

Procurement Services is committed to creating more inclusive and equitable purchasing practices that will foster community engagement and economic growth for local and diverse suppliers, as well as the broader communities within our Commonwealth. 

As part of Bridgewater State University’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the university promotes an equal opportunity for all qualified suppliers to participate in contracts in a manner that develops and strengthens certified diverse, small and local business, and disadvantaged businesses, as defined by M.G.L. c. 30B, §18(a). The SDEIP encourages the award of contracts in a way that increases business opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (SDVOBEs), Veteran Business Enterprises (VBEs), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs), Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (DOBEs), small businesses and local businesses. 

If you believe your company should be considered a diverse or disadvantaged supplier but do not currently hold any certifications, the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) certifies diverse businesses and manages several business programs that help enhance the marketability of small and diverse businesses when they bid on public contracts. The MA Supplier Diversity Office has established a relationship with the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council and accepts GNEMSDC MBE certifications. Certification with GNEMSDC offers significant benefits to minority-owned businesses, including access to resources, growth opportunities, networking events, and training. Recognized nationwide, GNEMSDC certification ensures compliance with national standards and opens doors to major U.S. corporate connections. For more information contact, Ramona Davis, Director of MBE Services at

Supplier Diversity Events

The Diversify Southeastern Massachusetts Workforce and Supply Chain Event

Monday, June 17, 2024
4 - 6 p.m.
Taunton City Hall
Council Chambers, 2nd floor
15 Summer St.
Taunton, MA 02780
For more information contact Jennifer Pacheco at