Cheyney University, Marcus Foster Student Union Bldg., 3rd Floor
+610-399-2166
padbssc@cheyney.edu

What is a Diverse Business?

Frequently Asked Questions:

What qualifies as a diverse business?

A disadvantaged business, minority-owned or women-owned business or service disabled veteran-owned or veteran-owned small business that has been certified by a third-party certifying organization and is both an ECMS Business Partner and, if required, pre-qualified.

Woman-Owned Business

According to the Women’s  Business Enterprise  National Council, the applicant company must be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents,or in the case of any publicly-owned business, at least 51 percent of the equity of which is owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents; and whose management and daily operation is controlled by one or more of the women owners.

Minority-Owned Business

According to the National Minority Supplier Development Council, a minority-owned business is a business that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more minorities or, in the case of a corporation, a partnership or limited liability company or other entity, at least 51 percent of the equity ownership interest in which is owned by one or more minorities and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of such individuals.

Veteran-Owned Business

The United States Department of Veteran Affairs classifies a veteran-owned business as any business which a minimum of 51 percent of the voting stock is owned and controlled by one or more veterans. A veteran individual or group must control the policy-making process and direct the daily operations of the firm. If the business is publicly owned, veteran group members must control a minimum of 51 percent of the voting stock and must direct the management and daily business operations.

Does PennDOT certify diverse businesses?

No. Firms must be certified by a third-party certifying organization before they can be verified as a Diverse Business. Visit our certifications page to learn more.

Are DBEs diverse businesses?

Yes. All DBEs are DBs, however, not all DBs are DBEs.

What is the cost of the services rendered by the Diverse Business Supportive Services Center?

All Supportive Services Centers services are free of charge.

Where is the DB Supportive Services Center located?

The DB Supportive Services Center is located on Cheyney University’s campus. You can find us at the Marcus Foster Student Union Building, 3rd Floor. You are more than welcome to make an appointment and stop by, but we love to 

Is there a limit to services I can take advantage of?

Nope! As long as you are a DB, the DB Supportive Services Center is at your disposal. The only thing that is limited is the amount of money we can spend per firm on marketing materials. Contact us for more information on material orders and reimbursements.

I would like to request your services. How can I get in contact with you?

We want to help! Email padbssc@cheyney.edu and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Feel free to call the office as well at 610-399-2166.