Upstate Medical University Supplier Diversity Program Overview
Steven D. Coker, Supplier Diversity Coordinator
155 Elizabeth Blackweel Street, Office #316
Syracuse, NY 13210
Upstate Medical University through its Supplier Diversity Program, with strong support from Upstate's President, David R. Smith, is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for the vendors, suppliers, service providers, consultants, architects and engineers, and contractors who serve Upstate Medical University so that the enterprises competing for our business reflect the diversity of Central New York and the entire region.
The Supplier Diversity Program helps strengthen the economic development and viability of local businesses, and helps ensure that Upstate receives quality goods and services at competitive prices.
This program has been developed to be consistent with the goals of Upstate’s Strategic Plan, Engaging Excellence, as well as the procedures set forth by the State University of New York Procurement Polices and Procedures. The program includes targeted outreach efforts aimed at increasing opportunities for a diverse range of businesses, including businesses certified as either minority or women-owned businesses through the Empire State Development, New York’s economic development agency.
Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
Minority Group Member
Women Business Enterprise (WBE)
Responsibilites and Regulations
As a SUNY institution, Upstate has taken the following steps to provide opportunities to MWBEs:
- Established goals of 20% participation for New York State certified MWBEs (10% for MBEs and 10% for WBEs);
- Employ and document good faith efforts in the procurement process;
- Require prime vendors to submit utilization plans and EEO policies for achieving MWBE goals; and
- Require prime vendors to submit periodic compliance reports.
In 1988, the NYS Executive Law was amended by the addition of Article 15-A: “Participation by Minority Group Members and Women with Respect to State Contracts”. Article 15-A authorized the creation of an Office (now Division) of Minority and Women's Business Development (DMWBD) to promote employment and business opportunities on state contracts for minorities and women. A main function of the DMWBD is the review of applications submitted by business and the determination of their MWBE status (see below for a discussion of the application process). All state agencies are required to establish employment and business participation goals for certified minorities and women.
The DMWBD maintains a searchable listing of certified MWBEs. The search can be vendor specific, product specific or by market area. In order for the University and prime contractors to get MWBE credit, the MWBE business must be certified as an MWBE by the DMWBD.
In addition to Article 15-A, Upstate is governed by SUNY Procurement Policy, specifically document numbers 7553 (Purchasing and Contracting), 7556 (Procurement Opportunities for New York State Certified Minority-and Women-Owned Businesses), and 7557 (Participation by Minority Group Members and Women (MWBEs) with Respect to State University of New York Contracts).
Summary of SUNY Policies and Procedures7553