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Supplier Relationship Management

West Virginia University is committed to fostering a diverse supplier base. The Supplier Diversity Program includes but is not limited to our Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, is designed to ensure that businesses of diverse backgrounds and ownership have an opportunity to become suppliers to West Virginia University as a means of improving the general economic well-being of the community and functioning of our local, state, and national economies.

Motivating factors are including:

  • Helping to encourage West Virginia State Economic Recovery
  • Enhancing the vitality of small and growing businesses in our community
  • Providing positive links to economic development - through educational and community outreach activities
  • Maintain a high standard of quality in all products and services provided
  • Complimenting the University’s commitment to diversity

West Virginia University does have small-business plans that require completion or submission with sponsored research grant applications, but, that is not the key focus of our Diversity program.

For products and services for which West Virginia University does not intend to establish a contract and does not anticipate conducting a public solicitation on behalf of any department or school, suppliers can be considered for inclusion in the WVU Perks program.  This program is designed for primarily local businesses to offer discounts to faculty and staff for personal purchases. 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

Pursuant to 49 C.F.R. part 26, that West Virginia University Research Corporation and West Virginia University have established an overall program goal of 4% for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation in contract opportunities resulting from projects funded in whole or in part by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for federal fiscal years 2019-2021.  This goal can be met through a race neutral method. 

 It is the policy of the West Virginia University Research Corporation and West Virginia University to ensure that Disadvantaged Business Enterprises shall have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT/FTA assisted contracts.

A description of how this goal was determined and a copy of the DBE Plan are available are listed below.

Small Business Supplier Information

West Virginia University (WVU) maintains an extensive supplier database used for identifying and reporting expenditures to small businesses. In order to comply with federal reporting standards, we must flag suppliers who fit the definition of a small business as defined by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR Title 13, Part 121). WVU verifies small business certifications via SAM (System for Award Management) . We suggest you register with SAM so that your classification can be easily identified and flagged in our system.

If you have any questions, please contact  Eva Hajian 304.293.5152.

Public Opportunities

Registering to participate in WVU sourcing events does not guarantee business with WVU.

Only registering through the Supplier Relations unit can allow WVU Payment Services to issue payment to your company.

To sign up for sourcing event notifications and participate in open bids, please visit our Prospective Supplier page for more information.