About Small Business Inclusion

It is the University’s policy to provide opportunities for diverse business enterprises to ensure their fair consideration as suppliers of our goods and services. In establishing this policy, UAB is recognizing its responsibility to the communities that it serves and the society in which it conducts its business.

The use of diverse business enterprises must be a part of our routine purchasing procedures. No potential supplier will be precluded from consideration on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, or natural origin. The University firmly believes that in our free enterprise system every attempt must be made to utilize fully all resources.

It is the mission of the Department of Small Business Inclusion (SBI), as a unit within the Facilities Division, to assist in UAB’s efforts to increase participation of Diverse Business Enterprises in the procurement and construction process through education, advocacy, mentoring, relationship building and other data driven initiatives.

Small Business Inclusion Department serves as a liaison to purchasing, facilities, diverse suppliers and the university’s employees with purchasing responsibilities; assisting suppliers by;

  • Providing outreach and education to diverse suppliers on “how to do business with UAB”
  • Providing in reach and education to internal stakeholders on “doing business with diverse suppliers”
  • Encouraging alliances and partnerships between diverse supplier and majority firms, DBE to DBE;
  • Recruiting diverse suppliers to do business with UAB enterprise-wide;
  • Advocating for inclusivity of diverse suppliers;
  • Working with certifying advocacy organizations like the Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council (SRMSDC), Birmingham Construction Industry Authority (BCIA), and Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBECS);
  • Partnering with community organizations like Birmingham Business Alliance-African American, Hispanic Business Council and Birmingham Metro Black Chamber of Commerce.

  • Step 1: Contact the Department of Small Business Inclusion for assistance with accessing opportunities.
  • Step 2: Plan to come in and meet with us.
  • Step 3: For guidance on doing business with UAB review our page on Supplier Information.
  • Step 4: Get registered as a supplier in the university’s oracle system;
  • Step 5: Consider becoming certified with SRMSDC, BCIA and/or WBECS