March 2013: UK announces new relationship with National Diversity Solutions (NDS) to further assist in efforts to increase diversity contracts.
The University of Kentucky is committed to serve as an advocate for minority, women and disabled-owned businesses in their efforts to conduct business.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) consist of minority, women and disabled business firms that are at least fifty-one percent owned and operated by an individual(s) of the aforementioned categories. Also included in this category are disabled business enterprises and non-profit work centers for the blind and severely disabled.
Our goals are defined as follows:
■ To increase the amount of goods and services acquired by the university from businesses owned and controlled by DBEs
■ To ensure the absence of barriers that reduce the participation of DBEs
■ Educate vendors on "how to" do business with the university
■ Support DBEs vendors seeking to do business with the university in the areas of goods, services and construction
■ Encourage participation of qualified DBE designated vendors by directing them to agencies that can benefit from their product or service
■ Provide resources for DBE vendors
■ Maintain a database of designated DBE vendors for use by general contractors and other purchasing entities seeking qualified vendors
■ Sponsor seminars and conduct training workshops to assist DBE designated vendors become an active participant in the university’s contracting opportunities
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