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Supplier Diversity

Diversity in the business environment is an integral part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies.

Supplier Diversity

BCBSA and participating Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are committed to providing qualified Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and Small and Small Disadvantage Businesses (SADBUS) with the opportunity to conduct business nationally with BCBSA and with its participating Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, either as primary Suppliers or as second-tier Suppliers.*

BCBSA and participating BCBS companies believe that strengthening diverse businesses contributes to the overall economic well-being of the communities in which these parties operate. It is our goal to cultivate successful business partnerships with our diverse suppliers that will foster growth for not only MWBE and SADBUS companies, but BCBSA and participating Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.

We welcome you to the Supplier Diversity Program at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

To participate in our Supplier Diversity Program, we require proof of certification. We accept certification from the following organizations:

National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
1040 Ave. of the Americas
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
www.nmsdcus.org
Phone: 212.944.2430
Certifies minority-owned businesses

Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
1710 H. Street, N.W.
7th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20006
www.wbenc.org
Phone: 202.872.5515
Certifies women-owned businesses

Small Business Administration 8(a) Program
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278
www.sba.gov
Phone: 212.264.4322
Certifies small and small disadvantage businesses

National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
729 15th Street NW
9th Floor
Washington, DC 20003
www.nglcc.org
Phone:
Phone: 202.234.9181
Certifies Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender (GLBT)-owned businesses

United States Business Leadership Network
1501 M Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
www.usbln.org
Phone: 202-872-6739
Certifies disability-owned businesses

*BCBSA does not and cannot guarantee that by applying to become a primary Supplier or a second-tier Supplier you or your company will be selected to work with BCBSA or the participating Blue Cross Blue Shield companies.

Products and Services We Manage

The following are existing products and services BCSBA manages for participating Blue Cross Blue Shield companies:

  • Copiers
  • Floor Coverings
  • Furniture
  • Office Supplies
  • Paper
  • Pcards
  • Plastic Card Stock
  • Professional Services
  • Promotional Products
  • Shipping
  • Staffing Services
  • Technology (Software and Hardware)
  • Telecommunications
  • Travel/Transportation

The following are existing products and services BCSBA procures and manages locally for the Chicago and D.C. offices:

  • Architectural Services
  • Audit/Actuarial Services
  • Call Centers
  • Coffee/Catering/AV Services
  • Computer Equipment
  • Computer Equipment Leasing
  • Construction Services
  • Engineering Services
  • Furniture
  • IT Help Desk (outsourcing)
  • Legal Services
  • Office Supplies
  • Plant Services
  • Print on Demand (finder websites)
  • Promotion Products
  • Security Services
  • Shrink-wrap Software Applications
  • Support Services (outsourcing)

Classifications

To participate in our Supplier Diversity Program a business must be defined as one or more of the following classifications:

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
A business is classified as a minority business enterprise if the company is at least 51 percent owned, controlled and operated by one or more individuals from a minority group. The following describes the classified minority groups:

African American
A U.S. citizen who is of Black racial groups from the origins of Africa.

Asian-Indian
A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Asia-Pacific
A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.

Hispanic American
A U.S. citizen who is of Spanish culture from the origins of Mexico, South or Central America or the Caribbean Island.

Native American
A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian.

Woman Business Enterprise (WBE)
A business is classified as a woman business enterprise if the company is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, and operated by one or more women.

Small Business
A business, including its affiliates that is independently owned and operated, not dominant in the field of operation in which it is bidding, and qualified as a small business under the criteria and size standards.

Small Disadvantaged Business
A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are socially AND economically disadvantaged.

Veteran-owned small business 
Veteran-owned small business  - A small business concern not less than 51 percent owned by one or more veterans, and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more veterans.

Service-disabled veteran-owned small business 
A small business concern not less than 51 percent owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, and the management and daily business operations of which are  controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans.

Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone
A small business located in a historically underutilized business zone - an area found within a qualified census tract, qualified non metropolitan counties, or lands within the external boundaries of an Indian reservation. A HUBZone small business appears on the List of Qualified HUBZone Small Business Concerns maintained by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)
A business is classified as LGBT if the company is at least 51 percent owned,controlled, and operated by one or more principals who are either Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender.

Online Registration Portal

Please fill out the following information and click the "Submit" button. Your information will be forwarded to BCBSA's Supplier Database. One of our representatives will contact you if there is a need for your particular product or service.

* Indicates required fields

Company Information:

Company Name *
Street Address *
Address (cont.)
City *
State *
Zip *
Business Phone *
Business Fax *
Website
Business Type *
If Other:
Description of Products and/or Services*

Company Representative Information:

First Name *
Last Name *
Title *
Phone Number *
Fax Number *
Email Address *

Classification *:

Additional Information *:

Certifying Organization



 
  
*  BCBSA does not and cannot guarantee that by applying to become a primary Supplier or a second-tier Supplier you or your company will be selected to work with BCBSA or the participating Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.