MIT’s Small and Diverse Business Program aims to increase MIT’s participation with small businesses and those with historically underrepresented ownership to provide goods and services to the Institute. Below is detailed information for suppliers and community members.
Information for Suppliers
MIT is committed to fostering a campus environment that is inclusive and equitable and values diversity. This commitment extends to the suppliers that serve our campus and is supported by our Small and Diverse Business Program.
The Office of the Vice President for Finance (VPF) helps the MIT community purchase goods and services — from catered lunches and photography to digital microscopes and equipment repair. VPF’s Strategic Sourcing and Contracts team provides guidance to the Institute’s departments, labs, and centers to make informed purchasing decisions.
The following commodity areas are examples of opportunities for small and diverse businesses:
- Design and writing services
- Office supplies
- Laboratory equipment and supplies
- Landscaping and snow removal
- Captions, transcripts, and subtitles
- Project management
- Architectural design
Who qualifies as a small and diverse business?
- Small business (as defined by the Small Business Administration)
- Global majority/person of color/indigenous-owned (MBE)
- Woman-owned (WBE)
- Veteran and service-disabled
veteran-owned (VBE and SDBE)
- LGBTQ2SIA+-owned (LGBTBE)
- Ownership by persons with disabilities (DBE)
- Located in a HubZone
- Designated 8(a)
If your business has one or more of these certifications, and you offer goods and services you think could be of interest to MIT, contact MIT’s Small and Diverse Business Program at email@example.com.
Learn more about becoming a supplier at MIT:
Cambridge CDD information about small business assistance in Cambridge:
Information for MIT Community Members
MIT’s Small and Diverse Business Program aims to increase MIT’s participation with small businesses and those with historically underrepresented ownership to provide goods and services to the Institute.
The Office of the Vice President for Finance (VPF) is committed to supporting a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable MIT. As part of this commitment, the Small and Diverse Business Program aims to increase participation of small, diverse, and sustainable businesses in supplying our campus with goods and services.
VPF supports this program through:
- Ensuring small businesses and those owned by women, veterans, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and those with disabilities are engaged during the sourcing process.
- Working with all suppliers to identify environmentally preferable products and services they can offer to our campus purchasers.
- Conducting outreach to local business organizations, chambers of commerce, and national business enterprise associations to inform suppliers about opportunities to work with MIT.
- Communicating to campus purchasers the value proposition of doing business with diverse and sustainable suppliers and offering resources to facilitate these transactions.
As the Small and Diverse Business Program expands, it will continue to benefit MIT and our wider community by strengthening relationships with diverse suppliers, supporting campus purchasers in addressing their complex needs, and demonstrating MIT’s commitment to an equitable and sustainable future.
Small and Diverse Business Program Coordinator