Supplier Diversity

Supplier Diversity


At Davenport University, we believe that supplier diversity provides us with a significant position of strength in which to support our students and contribute the sustainability of our communities and our organization. We are committed to providing meaningful opportunities for Davenport to engage in business with diverse vendors. We enthusiastically embrace the clear vision and mission that guides the diversity initiative of the University and through continuous improvement, we will work to ensure opportunities for all suppliers that offer value–added products and services


Our vendor diversity program includes the following diverse classifications (Diverse Vendors):

Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBEs)

Women-owned Business Enterprises (WBEs)

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Veteran-owned Business Enterprises (VOBEs)



A diverse firm must be at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by one or more individuals within the same diverse category or, in the case of publicly owned firms, at least 51 percent of the stock must be owned by individuals within the same diverse category as follows:

Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE): individuals within the following racial or ethnic groups: Black, Hispanic, Asian-Pacific, Asian-Indian or Native American.

Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE): women, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE): individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged.

Veteran-owned Business (VOB) or Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (VOBE): veteran owned and veteran in control of management and day-to-day operations within the business.


Interested in doing business with Davenport?

If you are an employee of a firm that meets our requirements and you have authorization to accept and agree on behalf of the firm to abide by our policies and ethical standards, then we invite you to complete a supplier registration form. 

Vendor Information Form

Registration is not a guarantee of business, nor does it confer on your company any status as a vendor of Davenport University. The actual award of contracts is a competitive process and will be subject to separate terms and conditions to be negotiated based upon the transaction(s) and the needs of the department making the purchase.

Businesses who submit a registration form will be asked for references and certifications. Upon confirmation of information, vendors will be considered for opportunities with University operations.