Supplier Information

Global Supplier Diversity Business Development

Enabling Economic Empowerment

With strategic partnerships worldwide, Cisco is committed to Supplier Diversity. A variety of supplier development programs are available to qualified businesses. Supplier Diversity increases customer satisfaction and enhances sourcing through global supplier diversification.

Overview

Overview


The Cisco Global Supplier Diversity Business Development (GSDBD) Program was established more than 14 years ago to increase inclusion and diversification of our global suppliers. The GSDBD team identifies potential suppliers and facilitates relationships between them and Cisco representatives who can use their products and services.

Cisco works with a number of suppliers, many of whom are small businesses. Diversity among these suppliers is an important aspect of Cisco's supply chain philosophy. We believe diversity is good for our business in a variety of ways:

  • Regional diversity gives us access to worldwide skills and markets, provides business resiliency if disruptions occur in a particular region, and helps reduce transportation costs.
  • Culturally diverse suppliers offering different viewpoints and styles of interacting, help develop and market products that fit the needs of the global community.
  • Social diversity promotes inclusiveness that benefits communities and local economies.

The GSDBD Program provides equal access to businesses owned by minorities, women, service disabled, and veterans, as well as to companies in historically underutilized business zones (HUB zones). Cisco has an internal goal of awarding 10 percent of our supplier expenditures to such businesses. 

Supplier diversity:

  • Enhances Cisco's competitive advantage.
  • Positions Cisco to meet the requirements of our customers.
  • Helps our customers meet government requirements by procuring a proportion of their goods and services from diverse suppliers.

For the past four years, Cisco has been recognized for our supplier diversity efforts by DiversityBusiness.com. Cisco ranks as one of the top 50 U.S. companies providing multicultural business opportunities, based on feedback received from more than 650,000 women- and minority-owned businesses.

Message from CEO

Message from John T. Chambers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

This is a time of transformation at Cisco, with rapid change in the global markets and communities we serve. As we increase our focus on process, operational excellence, innovation, and accountability, we are including our diverse partners and suppliers in many of these conversations.

As we navigate these transitions, our indirect and direct sourcing, sales supply chain, and certified diverse channel partners and suppliers are instrumental in helping Cisco through this transformation. Your involvement has the greatest impact in changing lives, building communities, protecting the environment, and providing inclusion of a diverse supply chain.

Thank you for your continued loyalty and contribution to Cisco.

Supplier Diversity Commitment

Supplier Diversity (Inclusion and Diversity) is central to Cisco in fulfilling our goal of being the employer and partner of choice. As part of our vision, we have the opportunity to utilize diverse suppliers within our supply chain and create economic vitality with our customers, suppliers and communities.

The Global Supplier Diversity Spend Commitment is intended to provide universal guidance to all Cisco business functions and employees. This commitment has been designed to support our initiatives to Supplier Diversity, procurement best practices and standards.

Our Services

We believe a diverse, multicultural supply chain is a source of innovation and is good for business. In many countries, governments are focusing on supplier diversity and requiring it of businesses. For example, in the United States, a company that provides products and services to government organizations or public utilities must demonstrate its efforts to reach out to diverse suppliers, including:

  • Small businesses
  • Veteran-owned small businesses
  • Service-disabled or disabled veteran-owned small businesses
  • Small, disadvantaged businesses
  • Women- or minority-owned small businesses or enterprises

Our services include:

  • Participating in global outreach programs
  • Collaborating and empowering suppliers
  • Accelerating supplier opportunities

For more detailed information about our services, download Cisco's Supplier Diversity: Supplier Advantage quick reference guide.

Past Recognition and Future Plans

Cisco has been recognized for our supplier diversity efforts by DiversityBusiness.com. Cisco ranks as one of the top 50 U.S. companies providing multicultural business opportunities, based on feedback received from more than 650,000 women- and minority-owned businesses.

Feel free to contact the team if you have any questions: sd_other@external.cisco.com

Awards

Awards and Recognition for Cisco Supplier Diversity Program

Click here to download complete list of Supplier Diversity awards and recognition list
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • In order to continue to try and help promote business opportunities for Small Business, Veteran-Owned Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, HUBZone Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Women-Owned Small Business, Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, Minority-Owned Business, and Women-Owned Business Concerns/Enterprises, a corporate-wide 2nd Tier Reporting initiative has been established by Cisco and is maintained by the Global Supplier Diversity Business Development team.

    Purpose of 2nd Tier Reporting - Background

    The Cisco2nd Tier initiative was created to ensure that a “Good Faith Effort” is made to maximize contract opportunities for diverse suppliers that provide products and/or services to Cisco’s Prime suppliers.

    Cisco’s Prime Suppliers may be asked to provide 2nd Tier Reporting for existing contracts or upon award of a contract. It is Cisco’s intention that these Prime Suppliers will report 2nd Tier Spend on a calendar quarter basis through Cisco’s Vendor Management Portal (coming soon).

    This 2nd Tier Initiative serves as an enhancement to, and not as a replacement for, existing efforts aimed at increasing “direct” (1stTier) opportunities for diverse suppliers.

    Compliance to 2nd Tier reporting requirements also provides the following:

    • Enhanced customer satisfaction by meeting Customer requests
    • Demonstrates Cisco’s total impact to the community by:
      • Building positive brand and corporate image
      • Building brand loyalty
      • Gaining access to a rapidly growing market of minority consumers
      • Enhancing Cisco’s ability to influence regulatory and legislative agendas via minority organizations.
    • Contributes to the overall Supplier Diversity success

    Vendor Management Portal Access

    All 2nd Tier Reporting is collected via our portal. Each Prime Supplier must request access to the Portal by submitting an email request to the Global Supplier Diversity Business Development team at cisco-2ndtier@cisco.com. The following information is required:

    • Company Name
    • Federal Tax ID (U.S Only)
    • User Name (name of person providing the report)
    • User Phone
    • Email Address

    You will receive an email from an Administrator with your login credentials. An automated notification will be sent to the user when the reporting period is opened. The reporting window will remain open for 45 days after calendar quarter close.

    A training video can be accessed to learn more about Cisco’s Supplier Diversity 2nd Tier Reporting. View WebEx recording now. Additional training can be provided upon request to the Global Supplier Diversity Business Development team at cisco-2ndtier@cisco.com.

    After logging in, the system will present you with the 2nd Tier Reporting fields, providing additional instructions and tips.

    2nd Tier Reporting Methodology

    Cisco 2nd Tier Reporting is based on the Indirect Allocation Method. It is not necessary to provide diversity spend reporting specific your business with Cisco, but as a prorated amount based on the % of Cisco revenue and your total diversity spend. The Cisco Vendor Management Portal will make the calculations for you. Below is an example of the calculation.

     

    Example

    • Your total U.S. Revenue

    $ 1,000,000

    • Your total sales to Cisco (out of line 1)

    $ 200,000

    • Divide total sales to Cisco (line 2) by your total revenue (line 1)

    20%

    • Total Diversity Spend (MWVBE Purchases)

    $ 50,000

    • Apply allocated % (line 3) to total diversity spend (line 4)

    $ 10,000

    • Percent of MWBE purchases to sales (line 5/line 2)

    5%

    Definitions

    Prime Suppliers - A Prime is a 1st Tier supplier that provides the products/services and invoices to Cisco for goods and services rendered directly by that supplier.

    2nd Tier Supplier- A second tier supplier is a supplier that provides the products/services and invoices to the Prime Supplier for goods and services rendered for eventual delivery to Cisco.

    The Global Supplier Diversity Business Development team is involved in several supplier outreach programs at Cisco. This page provides an overview of our programs. For a high-level overview of all programs, go to our Supplier Advantage Quick Reference Guide

    How to Do Business with Cisco

    How to Do Business with Cisco workshops are available at Small Business Administration Offices and at our San Jose and San Francisco offices. You will find these dates posted on our Supplier Diversity Calendar.

    Accelerate Supplier Opportunities

    Matchmaking Sessions
    The GSDBD team participates in matchmaking programs throughout the year in several locations. See our Supplier Diversity Calendar.

    Business Expos
    We will be expanding our outreach programs to include a biannual Business Expo. This business expo will enable targeted suppliers to present to business function stakeholders to align supplier services and needs of a strategic business function.

    Diverse Specialty Distributor
    At Cisco, connecting customers, suppliers and communities is critical to our success. Suppliers with different backgrounds, viewpoints, styles of interacting, and experiences help us understand and meet the needs of our customers and partners. Promoting supplier diversity within U.S. Gold channel is a major step toward meeting both customer and partner diversity requirements while adding to the many benefits of Gold certification.

    Welcome to the Worldwide Supplier Diversity website. Our primary focus is to enhance the competitive advantage of Cisco by facilitating inclusive business opportunities that fully utilize and leverage all suppliers, around the world.

    Cisco's GSDBD impact in Austalia. Click here to watch the video

    Learn how two organizations promote supplier diversity:

    • GLOBAL LINK: At the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), globalization translates into an opportunity for its corporate members to create and tap into a worldwide network of suppliers from traditionally excluded groups.
    • WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL: WEConnect International is a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets

    See what supplier diversity is doing in various countries.

    Global Minority Organizations

    Country

    Organization

    Australia

    Supply Nation

    Canada

    Canadian Aboriginal
    and Minority Supplier Council
    (CAMSC)

    South Africa

    South African Supplier Diversity
    Council (SASDC)

    United Kingdom

    Minority Supplier Development
    UK
    (MSDUK)

    Global Women's Organization

    Global

    WeConnect  International

    US Supplier Diversity Organizations

    United States

    National Minority
    Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)

    Women's Business
    Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

    Cisco Global Supplier Diversity Business Development hosts and participates in a number of events globally. Browse our Calendar to see the events scheduled throughout the year. The attached Matchmaking.pdf provides you a systematic process on how to participate for indirect business opportunities.

    2014 Supplier Diversity Events Calendar

    Diverse Supplier Registration and Guidelines

    Thank you for your interest in the Supplier Diversity Program. Diverse suppliers can register with Cisco by utilizing the Vendor Management Portal. Diverse suppliers must be certified by a third party authority in order to classify as diverse (see definitions). The data in the portal is made available to the Strategic Spend Management teams, buyers, contract managers, and sourcing council leads.

    If you would like to register as a diverse vendor in US, go to the STARS Vendor Management Portal

    If you have additional questions, please review the FAQ page or submit feedback to the Supplier Diversity Team.

    What happens after registration?

    • The attached AfterRegistration.pdf provides information relating to what happens after you have registered your company.
    • The supplier is added to a Supplier Diversity Database which is made available to sourcing managers. Sourcing managers regularly review the database when they have an opportunity to procure a product or service. If an opportunity to use a product or service arises, a Cisco representative will contact the supplier.
    • Specific information about supplier’s company will be forwarded to the appropriate Cisco sourcing manager.
    • If contacted by the Cisco Strategic Spend Management Department / WW Supply Chain Management to become a Cisco supplier, you must be certified by a third party authority. The sourcing manager will help you through this process. This does not guarantee that your business will be issued a purchase order or contract. The purpose of this program is to ensure that a wide variety of firms have the opportunity to compete for supplying goods and services to Cisco. A record of your business will be retained by Cisco. The database will then be accessed if the need again arises, and Cisco will contact you directly.

    Diverse Supplier Guidelines

    • Must be NMSDC or WBENC certificate holders
    • Must have a Regional/Nationwide presence  
    • $1M minimum in bonding/insurance
    • Proven track record in working with Fortune 500 companies   
    • Professional customer support
    • Financial stability
    • US Federal Taxpayer ID or Country equivalent/Taxpayer Identification
    • Able to execute web-based electronic transactions
    • Great attitude and flexibility

    US Organization Links

    US Organization Links


    • America-China Business Women Alliance (ACBWA)

      The concept of America - China Business Women Alliance (ACBWA) came about from the First Annual Conference of America-China Women Business Leaders in 2005, organized by parent organization, America-China International Foundation (ACIF). ACBWA will be a membership based subdivision of ACIF. The goal of ACBWA is to promote friendly relationship and mutually beneficial business opportunities for women business leaders from two most important economic powers, America and China.

    • Black Enterprise (B.E)

      Black Enterprise, your ultimate guide to financial empowerment, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Each month, Black Enterprise magazine provides 4.3. million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces radio and television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. Black Enterprise is the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, and the authority on black business news and trends.

    • The California Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC)

      The California Black Chamber was created by five businessmen who saw a need to assist the local chambers from around the state with business growth and development for their chamber members, advocacy in supplier diversity issues and building communities within their region of operation. The California Black Chamber of Commerce is the largest African American non-profit business organization representing hundreds of small and emerging businesses, affiliates and chambers of commerce throughout the state.

    • California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC)

      The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce's (CHCC) primary goal is to represent the interest of over 600,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the State of California. With a network of over 60 Hispanic chamber and business associations throughout the state, the CHCC is the premier and largest regional Hispanic business organization in the nation that promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs.

    • California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
    • The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies, in addition to authorizing video franchises. Our five Governor-appointed Commissioners, as well as our staff, are dedicated to ensuring that consumers have safe, reliable utility service at reasonable rates, protecting against fraud, and promoting the health of California's economy.

    • The Conference Board

      For over 90 years, The Conference Board has created and disseminated knowledge about management and the marketplace to help businesses strengthen their performance and better serve society. The Conference Board operates as a global independent membership organization working in the public interest. It publishes information and analysis, makes economics-based forecasts and assesses trends, and facilitates learning by creating dynamic communities of interest that bring together senior executives from around the world. The Conference Board is a not-for-profit organization and holds 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in the United States. For additional information about The Conference Board and how it can meet your needs, visit us here on our website at www.conference-board.org.

    • Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (DHCC)

      The Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a membership driven organization comprised of small-business owners, corporate representatives, community leaders, and association members representing various professions. With over 1,800 members, the DHCC is the state's largest minority chamber, and one of the top four chambers of commerce in metro Denver.

    • Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (East and West) (DVBE)

      The Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) and Small Business (SB) Certification Programs were established to increase business opportunities for the DVBE and SB communities with the State of California; thereby stimulating the state's overall economy. The programs are designed to help DVBEs and SBs participate in a more level playing field with certain advantages when competing against other non-DVBEs and non-SBs for state contracts and purchases. Certified firms can also take advantage of other DVBE and SB benefits.

    • Diversity Business

      DiversityBusiness.com is the nation's primary resource portal for business connections. It is a membership-based exchange platform that facilitates contacts and communication, supplier diversity tools, streamlines business processes and provides vital business news and information.

    • Diversity Information Resources (DIR)

      Diversity Information Resources (DIR) was founded in Minneapolis in 1968 by H. Peter Meyerhoff, a Honeywell aeronautics engineer, who sought to advance race relations by improving economic conditions for Blacks after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Meyerhoff and his wife were European Jews who managed to escape Hitler at the outset of World War II. Themselves victims of discrimination, they were motivated by Dr. King’s death to launch the “Buy Black” directory - a 10 page directory of locally black-owned businesses. The couple went door to door asking people to “buy black.” A Board of Directors sets policy and direction for Diversity Information Resources representative of major U.S. corporations.

    • DiversityNXT

      DiversityNXT is the leading showcase for the thought leaders driving the direction of the diverse supply chain.

    • Entrepreneur Center (eCenter)
    • The Cisco Systems•San Jose Entrepreneur Center is made possible by a unique partnership between Cisco Systems, the City of San Jose, and a number of national corporations and non-profit organizations. Please Visit our Sponsors page to learn more about them, read about our new sponsors, and this unique partnership.

    • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
    • The Federal Acquisition Regulations System is established for the codification and publication of uniform policies and procedures for acquisition by all executive agencies. The Federal Acquisition Regulations System consists of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which is the primary document, and agency acquisition regulations that implement or supplement the FAR.

    • Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC)
    • Recognizing the economic potential of our Hispanic community, a group of visionary leaders established the Atlanta Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 1984. From that vision, the Atlanta Hispanic Chamber of Commerce grew to become the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) which was formally incorporated in 1991. In 1993, the GHCC received its 501(c) (6) status. In an effort to advance the formation and growth of Hispanic businesses in the state of Georgia, the GHCC established an educational arm in 2001, the Hispanic American Center for Economic Development (HACED). Since 2001, HACED has serviced 35,000 individuals by providing business consultation, seminars and workshops, and housing start-up businesses in the small business incubator.

    • Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC)

      The mission of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (GMSDC) is to foster and expand mutually beneficial economic opportunities between certified minority business enterprises (MBEs), corporations, and government entities within the state of Georgia; and to help build a stronger, more equitable society by supporting and promoting minority business development. GMSDC is a non-profit organization established in 1976 as a regional office of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. As one of the largest of 39 Councils nationwide with the largest number of certified and ethnically mixed MBEs in the Southeast region, GMSDC is comprised of a network of corporate members and certified minority business enterprises.

    • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley (HCCSV)

      The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley, originally called the Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, began its formation in 1955. The Hispanic Chamber was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1973, and it began offering services to the Latino small business community. The Hispanic Chamber founders sought to maximize Hispanic business and economic development to increase better understanding between Hispanic businesses, corporate America and the community at large.

    • Industry Council for Small Business Development (ICSBD)

      ICSBD was established in 1986 as a non-profit corporation to promote the exchange of ideas, methods, experiences and general information among qualified individuals involved in the small business subcontracting program; develop a closer relationship and better communication between the small business community and large companies, state and local government; publicize the activities of members' organizations in the small business field for the information of the business community and the general public; and recommend to the appropriate entity changes to federal and state regulations and actions that should be taken to enhance the activities of this corporation.

    • Institute for Supply Management (ISM)

      Founded in 1915, the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the largest supply management association in the world as well as one of the most respected. ISM's mission is to lead the supply management profession through its standards of excellence, research, promotional activities, and education. ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals with a network of domestic and international affiliated associations. ISM is a not-for-profit association that provides opportunities for the promotion of the profession and the expansion of professional skills and knowledge.

    • Minority Enterprise Development Week- DC (MEDWEEK)

      The National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Conference is the largest federally sponsored conference held on behalf of minority entrepreneurs and business enterprises. For the last 27 years, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has brought you the nation's foremost business leaders to offer advice, counsel and insight to help minority businesses stay competitive in the marketplace. From Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and media magnate Malcolm Forbes to renowned author Hernando de Soto and Sun Microsystems' Chief Technology Officer Greg Papdopoulos, some of today's most important leaders have been on the MED Week stage, providing inspiration and guidance to our entrepreneurs. MED Week remains a celebration of the contributions made by minority enterprises and a chance to recognize and honor accomplished minority business owners and advocates throughout the country. Networking is a vital component to MED Week, and no conference provides you with the opportunity to connect with some of the most exciting and innovative minds in minority business.

    • Minority Enterprise Development Week- SF (MEDWEEK)

      The National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Conference is the largest federally sponsored conference held on behalf of minority entrepreneurs and business enterprises. For the last 27 years, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has brought you the nation's foremost business leaders to offer advice, counsel and insight to help minority businesses stay competitive in the marketplace. From Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and media magnate Malcolm Forbes to renowned author Hernando de Soto and Sun Microsystems' Chief Technology Officer Greg Papdopoulos, some of today's most important leaders have been on the MED Week stage, providing inspiration and guidance to our entrepreneurs. MED Week remains a celebration of the contributions made by minority enterprises and a chance to recognize and honor accomplished minority business owners and advocates throughout the country. Networking is a vital component to MED Week, and no conference provides you with the opportunity to connect with some of the most exciting and innovative minds in minority business.

    • Minority Enterprise & Educational Development (MEED)

      Minority Enterprise & Educational Development, (MEED) has been designated as a Colorado 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. MEED positively impacts minority communities by providing educational opportunities, empowering minority businesses, recognizing business successes of minority ventures and giving voice to the power of collaboration through scholarships, training and celebration of the state's cultural diversity.

    • National Association Women Business Owners-(Silicon Valley) (NAWBO)
    • The National Association of Women Business Owners Silicon Valley is a comprehensive and diverse association of CEOs and Executive Officers of women owned businesses serving a membership in the greater bay area. Through education, partnerships, alliances and affiliations with leading universities and fortune 500 companies we provide leadership opportunities and business expertise to our membership. By doing so, we provide our members with the capacity to create wealth, become leaders of professionally run companies, enable them to compete effectively in an ever changing business environment and impact social and business policies.

    • The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)

      The National Center is a non-profit organization, founded and directed by American Indians, committed to Business Development for Indian People. The National Center is the first national organization solely dedicated to developing American Indian economic self-sufficiency through business ownership.

    • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

      The NGLCC is the business advocate and direct link between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business owners, corporations, and government, representing the interests of more than 1.4 million LGBT businesses and entrepreneurs. The NGLCC is committed to forming a broad-based coalition of LGBT owned and friendly businesses, professionals, and major corporations for the purpose of promoting economic growth and the prosperity of our members.

    • National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC)

      Providing a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses is the primary objective of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country's leading business membership organizations. It was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.

    • Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC)

      The Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting diversity in the workplace.  NCMSDC is an affiliate of NMSDC, Inc., a national organization made up of 38 regional councils with a combined constituency of over 3,600 corporate members and 16,500 certified MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) suppliers. Our mission is to facilitate access to contracting opportunities between certified MBEs and corporate/public purchasers.  NCMSDC provides MBE certification, networking opportunities at our events as well as partner organizations and access to corporate and MBE contacts through our local and national databases. NCMSDC serves the Northern California region and the state of Hawaii.

    • Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (RMMSDC)

      Providing a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses is the primary objective of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country's leading business membership organizations.

    • San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce (SJSV)

      San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Is a coalition of businesses representing more than a quarter of a million job s across every sector of the economy. We believe that like our community, the strength of our organization is found on its diversity.

    • Telecom Industry Group (TIG)

      Created by the Telecommunications Industry Group (TIG), DiversityNXT is the leading collaboration of telecom industry experts determined to take the Next Generation diverse supply chain to a higher level of success.

    • UCLA Management Development for Entrepreneurs (UCLA MDE)

      UCLA MDE Is an executive training program for entrepreneurs and executives who have been in business for at least three years and who want to develop their management skills. MDE was founded in 1990 by Dr. Alfred Osborne. A distinctive feature of MDE is the Business Improvement Project (BIP), a detailed strategic action plan on which the entrepreneurs work with current Anderson MBA students.

    • United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)

      In 1979, several dedicated Hispanic leaders realized the enormous potential of the Hispanic business community in the United States and envisioned the need for a national organization to represent its interests before the public and private sectors. Later that year, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) was incorporated in the state of New Mexico, creating a structured organization aimed at developing a business network that would provide the Hispanic community with cohesion and strength. Since its inception, the USHCC has worked towards bringing the issues and concerns of the nation’s more than 2.5 million Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of the national economic agenda. Throughout its nearly 30-year history, the Chamber has enjoyed outstanding working relationships with international Heads of State, Members of Congress and the current White House Administration.

    • US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC)

      The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) was formed in 1984 as a national, non-profit organization representing all Asian Americans and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. USPAACC represents multiple ethnic groups.

    • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

      The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

    • U.S. Small Business Administration-SF (SBA)

      The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

    • Women’s Business Alliance (ASTRA)

      Astra began as an outgrowth of Gateway to the Women’s Market™, a company owned by Diane McClelland, co-founder of Astra Women's Business Alliance. The company conducted research on women’s attitudes toward business, making financial decisions, running companies and print advertising. Annually, over the last ten years, women representing business owners, non-profit CEOs, corporate and agency leaders have received the Astra award for their acumen in international trade, community involvement, strategic alliances, technology and employee empowerment.

    • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

      The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations. It also is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC works to foster diversity in the world of commerce with programs and policies designed to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers in the marketplace for women business owners. WBENC works with representatives of corporations to encourage the utilization and expansion of supplier/vendor diversity programs.

    • Women's Business Enterprise National Council Regional (Carolina) (WBENC)

      The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations. It also is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC works to foster diversity in the world of commerce with programs and policies designed to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers in the marketplace for women business owners. WBENC works with representatives of corporations to encourage the utilization and expansion of supplier/vendor diversity programs.

    Global Organization Links

    Global Organization Links

    • Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)

      CAMSC operates as a private sector-led, non profit membership organization governed by a board of Directors; composed of major multinational corporations operating in Canada. The organization aims to boost economic development efforts and employment. The council is now accepting new corporate memberships from across Canada.

    • Minority Supplier Development in China (MSD China)

      MSD China is the first national non-profit membership organization dedicated to enhance the development of China’s minority-owned business through connecting minority suppliers to corporations for procurement opportunities on mutually beneficial basis. Our work is to establish a platform for communications and business exchange between minority suppliers and procuring corporations, and to develop the minority suppliers into competitive and successful regional and global suppliers.

    • Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK)

      Welcome to Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) is a private sector led, not-for-profit membership organisation created to provide a direct link between its corporate members and ethnic minority businesses to enable the building of mutually beneficial business relationships.

    • WEConnect Canada

      WEConnect Canada delivers the leading international qualification or certification standard for women-owned businesses. We bring together the growing corporate and public sector demand for diverse supply chains with women's business enterprises based in Canada. WEConnect Canada is an independent non-profit corporate membership organization guided by a corporate Board of Directors.

    • WEConnect Europe

      WEConnect is the leading UK supplier diversity initiative spearheading the connection of women-owned business and multinational corporations. It is the UK's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to global and national corporations and government bodies.

    • WEConnect India

      The WEConnect Indian initiative aims to connect women owned enterprises to corporations under their "Supplier Diversity and Inclusion" programs. WEConnect is working with Ernst & Young on the development of a national certification process. The Initiative leverages strategic relationships with leading India organizations: NASSCOM, CII, SEWA, eMERG and MAWE.

    • WEConnect China

      In China, WEConnect International is working with local support to certify women owned companies in the Beijing and Shanghai regions. Women entrepreneurs throughout China who own 51% or more of their companies may self-register to become part of the WEConnect Global Network.

    • WEConnect Peru

      In Peru, WEConnect International is working with USAID Peru and the The U.S. Department of State Pathways Access Initiative (PAI) to support U.S. corporations seeking supplier diversity and inclusion in Latin America by identifying, training and certifying women owned businesses that qualify as diverse suppliers of goods and services. While supporting U.S. corporations, the long-term objective of the PAI is to increase the access Peruvian women owned businesses have to new markets so that they can compete for contracts and increase their economic productivity.

    • WEConnect International

      WEConnect International is a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets.

    • SASDC

      The South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC) is a member-directed, not-for-profit organisation.

    • AIMSC

      Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council (AIMSC) is Australia's premier business-to-business membership body dedicated to growing diversity within the supply chain.

    Partner Operations Diversity Forum

    At conferences and events, our Cisco Partner Operations Diversity Forums connect Cisco Partners and VARs with private face-to-face meetings with Cisco Executives and Fortune 500 representatives of qualified organizations and businesses to discuss potential opportunities.

    This is a great opportunity for our certified diverse partners to:

  • Get the chance to meet with Cisco executives
  • Discuss how together we can maximize growth and discuss by collaborating
  • These forums enable us to hear from you directly and to share the tools, programs, and resources to help you uncover new market revenue streams.

    Go to our events calendar to see when our next Partner Operations Diversity Forum is taking place.

    Supplier Registration

    Thank you for your interest in the Supplier Diversity Program. Diverse suppliers can register with Cisco by utilizing the Vendor Management Portal. Diverse suppliers must be certified by a third party authority in order to classify as diverse (see definitions). The data in the portal is made available to the Strategic Spend Management teams, buyers, contract managers, and sourcing council leads.

    If you would like to register as a diverse vendor in US, go to the Vendor Management Portal

    If you have additional questions, please review the FAQ page or submit feedback to the Supplier Diversity Team.

    What happens after registration?

    • The attached AfterRegistration.pdf provides information relating to what happens after you have registered your company.
    • The supplier is added to a Supplier Diversity Database which is made available to sourcing managers. Sourcing managers regularly review the database when they have an opportunity to procure a product or service. If an opportunity to use a product or service arises, a Cisco representative will contact the supplier.
    • Specific information about supplier’s company will be forwarded to the appropriate Cisco sourcing manager.
    • If contacted by the Cisco Strategic Spend Management Department / WW Supply Chain Management to become a Cisco supplier, you must be certified by a third party authority. The sourcing manager will help you through this process. This does not guarantee that your business will be issued a purchase order or contract. The purpose of this program is to ensure that a wide variety of firms have the opportunity to compete for supplying goods and services to Cisco. A record of your business will be retained by Cisco. The database will then be accessed if the need again arises, and Cisco will contact you directly.

    Supplier Diversity Definitions

    Supplier Diversity Definitions

    This is a list of definitions used throughout this web site and the forms.
    If you have additional questions, please review the FAQ page or submit feedback to the Supplier Diversity Team.

    BUSINESS TYPE

    LARGE BUSINESS ENTERPRISE: A large business is a domestic firm that does not meet the small business size standards per the definition in Small Business Enterprise below. Businesses should contact the U.S. Small Business Administration to determine appropriate North American Industry Classification (NAICS) codes and size standard. The threshold for number of employees and revenue vary depending on the product or service.

    SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE: Means a concern including it's affiliates, that is independently owned and operated, not dominant in the field of operation in which it is bidding on government contracts, and qualified as a small business under the criteria and size standards in 13 CFR Part 121 (reference Federal Acquisition Regulations, part 19.102). Businesses should contact the U.S. Small Business Administration to determine appropriate North American Industry Classification (NAICS) codes and size standard. The threshold for number of employees and revenue vary depending on the product or service.

    GOVERNMENT OR NON-PROFIT: Means a government agency or an organization that qualifies as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

    FOREIGN-OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE: Means a subcontractor organized or existing under the laws of a country other than the United States. The United States means the 50 states and the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and possessions, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and any other place subject to U.S. jurisdiction, but does not include leased bases.

    REPRESENTATION

    WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESS: Means a business which is at least 51% owned by one or more woman; or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more women; and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women (reference FAR 2.101). Businesses must be certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

    MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS: Means a business which is at least 51% owned and operated by an individual(s) who are U.S. citizens and their ancestry is African-American, Subcontinent Asian-American, Native-American, Asian Pacific-American, or Hispanic-American. Business must be certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, or one of its regional councils. Foreign-owned firms operating in the U.S. are not included in this definition.

    VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS: Means a business concern which is not less than 51% owned by one or more veterans as defined at 38 U.S.C. 101 (2) or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more veterans; and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more veterans (reference FAR 2.101).

    SERVICE-DISABLED-VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS: Means a business not less than 51% of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, or in the case of a veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran. Service-disabled veteran means a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101 (2), with a disability that is service-connected, 38 U.S.C. 101 (6).

    DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS: Means an offeror that represents, as part of its offer, that it is a small business under the size standard applicable to the acquisition; and either: it has received certification by the Small Business Administration as a small disadvantaged business concern consistent with 13 CFR part 124, subpart B, and: no material change in disadvantaged ownership and control has occurred since its certification; where the concern is owned by one or more disadvantaged individuals, the net worth of each individual upon whom the certification is based does not exceed $750,000 after taking into account the applicable exclusions set forth at 13 CFR 124.104(c)(2); and it is identified, on the date of its representation, as a certified small business concern in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database.

    HUBZONE SMALL BUSINESS: Means a business located in a historically underutilized business zone, which is an area located within one or more qualified census tracts, qualified non-metropolitan counties, or lands within the external boundaries of an Indian reservation. Status as a qualified HUBZone small business concern is determined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) in accordance with 13 CFR part 126. If the SBA determines that a concern is a qualified HUBZone small business concern, it will issue a certification to that effect and will add the concern to the List of Qualified HUBZone Small Business Concerns on its Internet web site at www.sba.gov/hubzone.

    ETHNICITY

    Definition for OTHER: Any other individual certified as disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration.

    NAICS

    NAICS is the North American Industry Classification System. The system was developed by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to provide comparable statistics across the three countries. NAICS enables government and business analysts to compare industrial production statistics collected and published in the three North American Free Trade Agreement countries. NAICS also provides for increased comparability with the International Standard Industrial Classification System (ISIC, Revision 3), developed and maintained by the United Nations.

    SBA's size standards define whether a business entity is small and, thus, eligible for Government programs and preferences reserved for ``small business" concerns. Size standards have been established for types of economic activity, or industry, generally under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

    ADDITIONAL REFERENCE INFORMATION/WEB SITES

    The U.S. Small Business Administration, the Department of Defense, the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration have taken steps to simplify the federal contracting process by creating an integrated database of small businesses that want to do business with the government.

    The integration of PRO-Net and DOD's Central Contractor Registration (CCR) databases has created one portal for entering and searching small business sources. This integration assists small businesses with marketing their goods and services to the federal government. The integration began on Jan 1, 2004.

    Registration in CCR is now a requirement for federal contracts. On Jan 1, 2004, CCR assumed all of PRO-Net's search capabilities and functions. Small businesses will no longer need to manually register in both PRO-Net and CCR.

    Procuring agencies and contracting officers who relied on PRO-Net as the authoritative source for vendors that are certified in SBA's 8(a) Business Development program, HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program and Small Disadvantaged Business program will now access this information through CCR. All of the search options and information that existed in PRO-Net will now be found at the CCR Dynamic Small Business Search site. Within SBA, PRO-Net has been superseded by the Small Business Source System (SBSS), an internal database of firms certified by SBA under the 8(a) Business Development and HUBZone programs, and as Small Disadvantage Businesses. The SBSS will populate those fields in CCR. The SBSS will automatically review the NAICS codes supplied by a firm and perform calculations against each NAICS code size standard to determine which NAICS codes the firm qualifies as a small business, based on employment and revenue information entered into CCR. For more information, please visit the CCR Web site.

    The Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is the primary vendor database for the Department of Defense (DoD), NASA, Department of Transportation (DoT), and Department of Treasury.

    Both current and potential government vendors are required to register in CCR in order to do be awarded contracts by the DoD, NASA, DoT and Treasury. Vendors are required to complete a one-time registration to provide basic information relevant to procurement and financial transactions. Vendors must update or renew their registration annually to maintain an active status.

    The links on this web site are provided for information and reference only and do not constitute endorsement by Cisco Systems, Inc. Cisco has no control over these links and is not responsible for any content on these web sites.


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    FAQs

    FAQs

    Q: Why do I need to register my company?
    A: Becoming a Cisco Registered diverse supplier is the first step on your path to getting the potential rewards of the Cisco Supplier Diversity Program.

    This registration establishes your relationship with the Supplier Diversity Program and is a pre-requisite for applying for potential procurement opportunities available to diverse suppliers.

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    Q: How do I become a registered diverse supplier? Where can I find information on becoming a diverse supplier?
    A: In order to register your company, go to the registration page.

    You can find information on becoming a diverse supplier by going to the Supplier Diversity Home Page.

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    Q: What types of companies can register with Supplier Diversity?
    A: The Supplier Diversity Registration Program is only for companies that fit one or more of the following categories:

    Business Type:

    • LARGE BUSINESS ENTERPRISE and one of the below Representations
    • SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE

    Representation:

    • WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESS
    • MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS
    • VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS
    • SERVICE-DISABLED-VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS
    • DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS
    • HUBZONE SMALL BUSINESS

    Ethnicity:

    • AFRICAN-AMERICAN-OWNED
    • SUBCONTINENT-ASIAN-AMERICAN OWNED
    • NATIVE-AMERICAN-OWNED
    • ASIAN-PACIFIC-AMERICAN-OWNED
    • HISPANIC-AMERICAN-OWNED

    The definitions will discuss these categories in more detail.Then register your company with the registration form.

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    Q: Once the company is registered with Cisco does this mean that we will get awarded some services?
    A: No, not necessarily. Registering will allow your company to be included in the potential supplier database, so if a procurement opportunity arises that matches your products and/or services you may be contacted to participate in the proposal process.
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    Q: Who can I contact if my registration application is taking too long to approve? How long will it take for my application to be processed?
    A: The complete process from registration -> to certification validation -> to approval may take as long as 30 days, depending on the completeness, accuracy, and availability of your company information. After 30 days, feedback can be sent to Supplier Diversity.
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    Q: Why was my supplier Registration application denied and who can I contact?
    A: Registration may be denied if the company does not fall into at least one of the proper categories, if it is incomplete, or if your company lacks the appropriate certifications associated with the appropriate category.
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    Q: What should I do if the system does not allow me to register or complete my registration?
    A: Submit feedback to the Supplier Diversity Team for assistance.
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    Q: What do I need to do after my company is registered?
    A: Follow the registration through to approval, check the Supplier Diversity Home Page for upcoming potential procurement opportunities, and most importantly, continue to build relationships with Cisco folks!
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    Q: Who registers in CCR?
    A: According to the DFARS 204.7302, NASA, DoT and Treasury FAR Supplements prospective vendors must be registered in CCR prior to the award of a contract; basic agreement, basic ordering agreement, or blanket purchase agreement. FAR clause 52.232-33 requires registration for payment Prime contractors are not required to have their subcontractors register in CCR. If a prime's subcontractor wants to bid directly for contracts with the Government, they should register in the CCR. EFT and assignment of claims as stated FAR 52.232-33 Para. H.: EFT and assignment of claims. If the Contractor assigns the proceeds of this contract as provided for in the assignment of claims terms of this contract, the Contractor shall require as a condition of any such assignment, that the assignee shall register in the CCR database and shall be paid by EFT in accordance with the terms of this clause. In all respects, the requirements of this clause shall apply to the assignee as if it were the Contractor. EFT information that shows the ultimate recipient of the transfer to be other than the Contractor, in the absence of a proper assignment of claims acceptable to the Government, is incorrect EFT information within the meaning of paragraph (d) of this clause." All Government Agencies that perform contract work.
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    The Cisco Global Supplier Diversity Business Development (GSDBD) Program was established more than 14 years ago to increase inclusion and diversification of our global suppliers. Three years ago the GSDBD team recognized there was a potential to increase inclusion and revenue growth through embracing the support of Cisco's Diverse Partners. In 2010, the supplier diversity program developed and included an additional mandate to facilitate customer's requests to enhance IT procurement spend through inclusion of diverse owned Cisco Partners. The GSDBD team identifies Cisco Partners and facilitates relationships between Cisco Diverse Partners and customers who have diversity IT spend opportunities.

    The GSDBD Program strives to provide equal access to businesses owned by minorities, women, service disabled, and veterans, as well as to companies in historically underutilized business zones (HUB zones).

    Partner Diversity:

    • Enhances Cisco's competitive advantage with stakeholders.
    • Positions Cisco as a leader in the industry that exceeds customer's requests.
    • Helps our customers meet government requirements by procuring IT equipment and services through Diverse Partners.

    For the past four years, DiversityBusiness.com has recognized Cisco for our supplier diversity efforts. Cisco ranks as one of the top 50 U.S. companies providing multicultural business opportunities, based on feedback received from more than 650,000 women- and minority-owned businesses.

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