Supplier Institute

The UAB Department of Small Business Inclusion (SBI) has been working to bridge the gap between small, diverse businesses and UAB to create a strong economic impact and growth opportunities. The department’s inaugural Supplier Institute meeting ushered in a turning point for the organization by bringing together procurement, buying agents and executive administrative leaders at the university. The day’s agenda focused on highlighting the importance of purchasing products and services from small and diverse business enterprises.


The panel was comprised of successful small business owners who currently provide products and services, key procurement managers from the University of Alabama, the University of Huntsville, UAB Medicine and UAB Hospital. The speakers focused on how to integrate diversity and small business spending into their department and discussed best practices and challenges in supplier diversity.


UAB SBI is devoted to ensuring that businesses are equipped with the proper tools to provide excellent service campus wide. Attendees were able to network with UAB representatives and diverse business owners to establish long-lasting relationships.