The Indianapolis Public Library recognizes the value of diverse suppliers in driving innovation, creativity, and project results.
We are committed to supporting and encouraging economic growth and business opportunities in Marion County by strengthening our relationships with small business enterprises (SBE); and minority-owned (MBE), women-owned (WBE), disability-owned (DOBE), and veteran-owned (VBE) business enterprises in the procurement of goods and services.
The Library is committed to providing an equal opportunity for participation of MBE, WBE, VBE, DOBE (together referred to as XBE) firms in all Library business. The Library extends to each individual, firm, vendor, supplier, contractor, and subcontractor an equal opportunity to compete for Library business. The Library measures participation of XBE firms in its operations, including in the construction and renovation of its facilities and in the procurement of goods and services.
For breakdowns and descriptions of how each group is defined, view the definitions below.
Minority group members are United States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American. Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals i.e. the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.
A Women's Business Enterprise, commonly referred to as a WBE, is an independent business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or Legal Resident Aliens; whose business formation and principal place of business are in the U.S. or its territories; and whose management and daily operation is controlled by a woman with industry expertise.
A veteran-owned business is a for profit business that is 51% owned, operated and controlled by United States citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents that are US military veterans.
Disability-Owned Business Enterprise is a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or joint venture of which is least 51 percent owned, operated, controlled, and managed by a person with a disability.