SBVDR & OSD Sign Agreement To Help Small Businesses
~Ambassador Agreement assists Florida businesses in governmental and higher education contracting~
Gainesville, Fla.– The University of Florida’s Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations Division (UF Small Business) and the Florida Department of Management Services’ Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) executed an Ambassador Agreement to increase contracting opportunities for Florida’s woman-, veteran- and minority-owned small businesses. The purpose of the agreement is to develop and foster a mutual understanding and working relationship between the University’s Small Business Office and OSD to increase the number of certified business enterprises in the state.
“The Office of Supplier Diversity is thrilled to partner with the University of Florida to promote small business development in our state,” said Hue Reynolds, Executive Director of OSD. “Today’s collaboration, brings attention to the state’s certification program and its efforts to assist certified businesses as they approach the state’s procurement process while enhancing the supplier diversity of our state.”
The University’s Women’s Business + Leadership Conference in Gainesville was held in commemoration of Women’s Small Business Month. “We are pleased to strengthen this relationship with OSD to sufficiently ensure we are working collaboratively to the benefit of small businesses,” said University of Florida Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations Director Kathey K. Porter. “It is fitting that we solidify this partnership during this month as celebrate women entrepreneurs.”
About the Office of Supplier Diversity: The Department of Management Services’ Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) works to improve economic opportunities available for woman-, veteran- and minority-owned small businesses by providing education, advocacy, training and technical assistance with certification. For more information about OSD, please visit www.dms.myflorida.com/osd.
About the University of Florida Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations Division: UF’s Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations Division is responsible for overseeing UF’s Supplier Diversity Program which focuses on identifying and utilizing a diverse supply of qualified vendors interested in providing the many services and products required by the