Greetings and salutations … thanks for visiting. When I first began working on the business plan that will become our www.GetDiversityCertified.com web portal, I knew that I wanted an interactive forum for open discussion of issues about the diversity certification process and its aftermath. I’ve tried a variety of search word combinations, trying to find something, anything that talked about supplier diversity from the supplier’s point of view. The best combination “diverse supplier” got over 4.5 million hits, “supplier diversity issues” got a little less than 1.1 million, while “diverse supplier certification” only got 210,000 and many of these were multiple duplicates. Even after drilling down 1253 pages, I couldn’t find a venue for the diverse supplier … just about all of the links related to the corporate, government, or certifying agency perspective on diverse suppliers, with a few training sites and a couple of companies that facilitate SBA 8(a) certification. I can’t be the only owner of a certified business that craves an open forum from our point-of-view. This, we hope, is it.
Abator is a small, disadvantaged women business enterprise (aka SDWBE). We’ve been a WBE since our 1984 incorporation. Getting certified in 1989 was a piece of cake compared to today. Now, because there have been a few bad apples (my euphemism for the liars and fronts) and expanded regulation, the process can be very frustrating. If your business is like ours, you might need to be certified by a variety of local, county, state, federal or commercial organizations. Getting certified and maintaining certifications became a necessary function of doing business – especially with our government clients. My passion is actually making life easier for our clients with information technology solutions. Making our own lives easier by automating the certification application process is something we hope to share (for a moderate fee, of course!) with others.
There are things I want to write about, but I’d rather hear from other diverse business owners. Let us know what topics you’d like covered and we’ll find an expert or two to write about them. Send a topic or ask a question to firstname.lastname@example.org or post questions and comments by creating a user account.
Thanks again for visiting. We look forward to hearing from you!