The University is committed to expand opportunities and spend with businesses certified by the State of Washington Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises (OMWBE).  Procurement Services goals and practices encourage increased opportunities for OMWBE certified businesses.

Governor Inslee’s strategic framework, Results Washington, includes a 2017 goal to increase state agency and educational institution utilization of OMWBE certified small businesses in contracts and procurement to the following percentages:

  • Minority-owned businesses: 10%
  • Women-owned businesses: 6%
  • Veteran-owned businesses: 5%
  • University spend for 2019 with OMWBE certified firms was $7,622,161 (.57% of dollars spend in public works and procurement, not including procard spend)

State agencies and educational institutions are required by State law to adopt plans to increase the participation of certified minority and women-owned businesses. To this end, Procurement Services, in collaboration with the  the Foster Consulting and Business Development Center engage in outreach activities, both internally and externally to bring visibility and awareness to both the business and university communities.

We are actively increasing opportunities for diverse suppliers to do business with the university; in addition, we are reviewing our internal mechanisms for collecting data.

Goal Progress
Increase internal visibility of departmental goals for diverse supplier participation. Implemented and ongoing.
Increase diverse supplier opportunities by advertising solicitations via WEBS. Implemented and ongoing.

Facilitate meetings between UW commodity specific buyers and suppliers.

Implemented and ongoing. Host monthly supplier orientation sessions

Ensure our diversity supplier data is accurate.

We are the process of finalizing our data reporting methodology.