Facilities Small Business InclusionThe department of Small Business Inclusion, formerly known as Supplier Diversity, serves as a key way UAB promotes economic development in the surrounding community, by connecting the university with many small businesses. 

“The reason for the name change is to more adequately reflect the economic importance of inclusion with small diverse businesses,” said Demetria Scott, Project Manager for Small Business Inclusion. “Our focus is threefold: construction, procurement and professional services with small businesses. This is a business to business program.” 

Small Business Inclusion hosts educational talks and events to connect small businesses to those who make purchasing decisions at UAB. Through these events, UAB employees are introduced to small, diverse businesses that they might not have made contact with otherwise. 

“It is the University’s policy to provide opportunities for diverse business enterprises to ensure their fair consideration as vendors of our goods and services,” said Allen Bolton, Vice President for Financial Affairs and Administration, in a letter supporting the mission of Small Business Inclusion. “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.” 

The purpose of the Department of Small Business Inclusion is to increase awareness and utilization throughout the UAB enterprise on the importance of doing business with diverse suppliers.  

The department also works to connect the academic side of campus to businesses in the community. For example, the Academic Small Business Alliance (ASBA) Project, which launched on January 15, 2015, is a collaborative partnership between UAB’s Collat School of Business, Department of Small Business Inclusion and small business owners that operate in the greater Birmingham area. This project is the first of its kind for UAB, and was designed in order to provide students potential internship opportunities with the small businesses that are associated with ASBA program. 

The main goal of Small Business Inclusion is to continue to educate the internal UAB community about the importance of in inclusion with small diverse businesses and how easy it can be to make small changes that will lead to a huge impact in the local community.

For more information about Small Business Inclusion, contact Demetria Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 934-9349 or visit its website.