Purchasing and Contracts

Supplier Inclusion Definitions

Local Business Enterprise (LBE)
A business concern that is a) owned 51% or more by Nevada residents, b) is headquartered in Nevada, or c) a majority of employees of the business are Nevada residents.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
A business concern owned by a minority or woman that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) unconditionally owned by one or more minority or women individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged, or a publicly owned business that has at least fifty-one percent (51%) of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more such individuals and that has its management and daily business controlled by one or more such individuals. Individuals who certify that they are a member of named groups, i.e. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives (Eskimos and Aleuts) and Asian and Pacific Island Americans are to be considered socially and economically disadvantaged.
Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
A business concern owned by one or more minority individuals that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) unconditionally owned by one or more minority individuals, or a publicly owned business that has at least fifty-one percent (51%) of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more such individuals and that has its management and daily business controlled by one or more such individuals. Individuals who certify that they are a member of named groups, i.e. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives (Eskimos and Aleuts) and Asian and Pacific Island Americans are to be considered socially and economically disadvantaged.
Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
A business concern owned by one or more women that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) unconditionally owned by one or more women, or a publicly owned business that has at least fifty-one percent (51%) of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more such individuals and that has its management and daily business controlled by one or more such individuals.
Disabled-Owned Business Enterprise
An independent business that performs a commercially useful function and is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more disabled individuals pursuant to the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
Veteran/Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE)
A business concern of which at least 51% of the ownership interest is held by one or more veterans with service-connected disabilities; that is organized to engage in commercial transactions; and that is managed and operated on a day-to-day basis by one or more veterans with service-connected disabilities. This includes a business which meets the above requirements that is transferred to the spouse of a veteran with a service-connected disability upon the death of the veteran, as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
A business concern which performs a commercially useful function, is not owned and controlled by individuals designated as minority, women, veterans, or physically-challenged, and where gross annual sales does not exceed $2,000,000.
Second-Tier Purchasing
Second-tier purchasing is a relative term in that it is a function of who is the customer. From a customer’s perspective, a first-tier supplier is a supplier that invoices the customer for goods and services rendered directly by the supplier. A second-tier supplier is a supplier that invoices the first-tier supplier for goods and services rendered.
  • Direct-spend second-tier purchasing refers to second-tier supplier products and services that can be identified in support of customer requirements.
  • Indirect-spend second-tier purchasing refers to products and services that cannot be identified in support of a specific customer requirement.

Second-tier purchasing maximizes opportunities for small, small disadvantaged, veteran-owned small, service-disabled veteran-owned small, and woman-owned businesses to participate as suppliers of goods and services. The emphasis on second-tier suppliers complements the other initiatives to create a more diverse vendor base from which to select the most competent and able supplier. Small and disadvantaged vendors are still encouraged to pursue opportunities with the university as first-tier suppliers.