The supplier diversity certification program is designed to help underrepresented and disadvantaged (small, minority, women, LGBT and Veteran-owned) businesses become suppliers, get their foot in the door and be positioned to partner with Fortune 500 and government buyers. The buyers have a mandate to purchase 23-50% of goods and services with underrepresented and disadvantaged suppliers, like you. This mandate is designed to assist the buyers in meeting their supplier diversity goals. How can you participate and what are the benefits to you? Let me start by saying that if you are a business owner with goods and services to purchase Fortune 500 and government buyers are looking for you. If you take a look around, you will see companies like Starbuck??s, Macy??s, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and Disneyland, what do they all have in common? They have a supplier diversity program here are a few of their programs: http://corporate.walmart.com/suppliers/supplier-diversity and https://ditm-twdc-us.storage.googleapis.com/Supplier-Diversity-Document.pdf. If you are interested in partnering with any of these companies, your first step is to learn what it takes to partner them. Learn how and what are the benefits next week.