What is the Disability-owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) Certification
Benefits of Diversity & Inclusion
Why get certified
The U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) created the Disability Supplier Diversity Program to help disability-owned businesses expand through a diverse supply chain. By certifying your business, you have access to increased resources and a more level playing field than non-certified disadvantaged business owners. The USBLN offers supplier events, webinars, monthly teleconferences, better business opportunities, a scholarship program, and a Mentoring & Business Development Program to help you better your business opportunities and operations.
Large companies and corporations are becoming increasingly interested in creating diverse supply chains, which opens several opportunities for diverse businesses. Adding a certification to your business can also improve your reputation within your industry, community, and network, making your company more attractive to individuals and businesses alike. The DOBE certification opens the door to networking and matchmaking events throughout the country, allowing you to make connections and relationships with important corporate contacts.
Once your business is certified, you can join Coupa’s community of diverse suppliers. This searchable platform makes it easy for large companies to find and select your business for their product and service needs. The next time a Fortune 2000 company is looking for a certified-diverse business, you’ll be in the best position to meet their needs.
How to get certified
- Do you have a physical and/or mental disability that substantially impairs one or more major life activities?
- Do you own a majority (at least 51%) of your business? Can you verify this through supporting financial and business documents?
- Is your business independent and not significantly reliant on another business for day-to-day operations?
- Are you involved in the day-to-day operations and management of your company, including decision making?
- Are you able and willing to submit the business and financial information required by the USBLN? This information will be used to evaluate your eligibility for this certification and will be confidentially reviewed in a secure, permanent environment.
- Are you interested in increasing your access to business dealings with private-sector corporations who want to do business with DOBE-certified businesses?
If you are ready and interested in pursuing this certification, start the process by completing the application offered by the USBLN.
If you’re already certified, join the Coupa community for better opportunities and help support a sustainable global supply chain of diverse business owners just like you.