Small businesses that meet at least one of the sets of criteria outlined below qualify for participation in LSU's Supplier Diversity Program.

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Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE)

To be certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, a firm must be a small business owned and at least 51% owned & controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s). The U.S. Department of Transportation presumes certain groups are disadvantaged, including women, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian-Pacific Americans, or other minorities found to be disadvantaged by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Hudson Initiative

The Hudson Initiative certification is open to all Louisiana businesses that meet the eligibility requirements of a Small Entrepreneurship (SE) under the Hudson Initiative.

Minority Business Enterprises (MBE)

The Minority Business Enterprise certification is open to all businesses which are at least 51% minority-owned, operated, and controlled. For the purposes of NMSDC’s program, a minority group member is an individual who is at least 25% Asian, Black, Hispanic or Native American.

Small and Emerging Business Development

The Small and Emerging Business Development certification is open to all Louisiana small businesses that meet the eligibility requirements for both the business and the owner.

Veteran Initiative (LA Vet)

The Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship certification is open to Louisiana military personnel (active duty, Reservists and Veterans) who have the intent to start a business.

Women’s Business Enterprises (WBE)

The Women’s Business Enterprise certification is open to all businesses which are at least 51% woman-owned, operated, and controlled.


Electronic Access to Solicitations

Invitations to Bid (ITBs), Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and Construction bids, or public notices thereof, issued by LSU are electronically posted on the State of Louisiana LaPAC website administered by the Division of Administration, Office of State Procurement.

LaPAC, the Louisiana Procurement and Contract Network, offers suppliers electronic access to solicitations issued by state agencies. Suppliers enrolled in LaPAC can request to receive e-mail notification of LSU postings. All new vendors that wish to register must use the LaGov vendor enrollment portal and pay subscriptions fees to receive email notifications of bid opportunities effective April 1, 2014.

Visit State Procurement for additional information at for direct access to LSU's postings on LaPAC.


Cooperative Bidding Opportunities

  1. E&I Cooperative Services -
  2. National IPA -
  3. US Communities -
  4. National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) -
  5. Choice Partners -
  6. National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA)
  7. Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA) – 

Other Contracting Opportunities

  1. Federal Business Opportunities - Provides a list of current contracting opportunities
  2. Sub Contracting Opportunities - Prime contractors solicit services from subcontractors
  3. LA Procurement Technical Assistance Center (LA PTAC) - Assist in linking business and government
  4. Northwest Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center - Assist in linking business and government
  5. Department of Transportation & Development - How to do business with DOTD

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