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power Indiana’s economy. And provided support for minorityand women-owned businesses. We connect people so that

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businesses can work smarter and stronger.

For eight years Purdue has been a community leader, along with the Supplier Diversity Coalition of Greater Lafayette, in sponsoring Relationship to Partnership, where each

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November we connect to about 150 minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

A new initiative highlights how we are building on our

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successes. Through Advocating Consistent Contracting to Engage Small Businesses for Success (ACCESS), we are

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We find the right opportunities and introduce them to the

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right partners. Because we know what it takes to build lasting partnerships – one handshake at a time. Jesse Moore

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IMPROVING SUPPLIER DIVERSITY Purdue, along with six other state universities,

diversity programs in higher education and identified

participated in a disparity study commissioned by

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the State of Indiana. The study, which delivered in

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December 2010, analyzed dollars spent by Purdue on contracts for construction, services and supplies with the availability of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the state that were deemed “ready, willing and able” to perform on those contracts. A national consulting firm distilled information from

The Purdue Board of Trustees directed the administration to develop an aggressive plan to mitigate the disparity made evident by the study. That strategy is spelled out in the ACCESS Program. In addition, Purdue will participate in the state’s five-year disparity study process.

more than 9,000 contracts worth $1.7 billion awarded by Purdue between 2006 and 2009. The completed study indicated significant disparity across most categories of contracts awarded. It also included information about the legal environment for supplier

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OLLABORATE LICENSED The Supplier Diversity staff at Purdue has been a strong supporter and advocate for Garcia Construction Group. And Purdue’s ACCESS Program is a great tool for small, minority- or women-owned businesses.

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The success of the Supplier Diversity Development Advocacy Council opened the door for Big Fish Consulting to meet and build relationships with other large companies and win a major subcontract. This is an excellent example of how the Purdue council helps professionals successfully steer through the competitive, and often times challenging, subcontractor environment.

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Purdue’s ACCESS Program has created new policies and measures to strengthen the economic development and viability of all small businesses – including minority- and womenowned businesses. This innovative program amps up Purdue’s nationally renowned supplier diversity program

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Purdue has been extremely helpful to the Women Business Enterprise and Minority Business Enterprise community with outreach for diversity and participation. Relocation hopes to continue having a great working relationship with Purdue. Melissa Brown President and Owner, Relocation Strategies Inc.

and strengthens the commitment of developing small-business diversity in is evident on a state and national level. How does it work? The ACCESS Program is divided into three tracks. These tracks of measures are designed to encourage the utilization of small businesses, including minority- and womenowned businesses. The measures will affect contracting and procurement in the areas of Physical Facilities, the Office of the University Architect, and Procurement Services. The program tracks may be invoked sequentially, but may overlap in time, based on Purdue’s evaluation of each track’s efficacy. Purdue will carry out evaluations on

higher education — a commitment that

The Purdue Supplier Diversity Program opens the door to diverse businesses wanting to do business at Purdue. By attending the Supplier Diversity’s Relationship to Partnerships event each fall, you come away with knowledge and contacts with people who can lead you in the right direction. Betsy Spencer President, J.R. Kelly Company

a periodic basis at a level of analysis similar to that used in the University’s 2010 disparity study.

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PURDUE ACCESS PROGRAM — A PATH TO SUCCESS ACCESS TRACK 1 OUTREACH, MENTORING AND DATA COLLECTION

Track 1 policies and efforts are being implemented to: ■■ Provide additional information about Purdue business

opportunities and potential business partners.

›› The University is a partner with Conexus Indiana

(at www.conexusindiana.com), a portal where small businesses can view contract possibilities, and where Purdue can locate potential small-business partners. Small businesses are encouraged to register to take full advantage of this resource.

■■ Collect additional information about prime contractors

and subcontractors that Purdue utilizes and about businesses interested in working with Purdue.

›› A bidders list will developed and maintained by the University to facilitate solicitation of bids and quotes from small businesses interested in contracting with the University.

›› Improvements in contract, procurement and vendor data the University collects and maintains lead to better measurements of small-business utilization.

›› The University requires prime contractors to submit

detailed and validated subcontract commitments as part of their bids and proposals, ascertains information from subcontractors on winning project teams, monitors pay-out amounts between prime contractors and subcontractors, and has enforcement measures in place.

Track Timelines Track 1, which was launched on July 1, 2012, will continue for at least a year for participating companies. Subsequent tracks are measured based on their impact for at least 12 months. ■■ Increase the mentoring and technical assistance that

Purdue provides to small businesses, including minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

›› The University encourages small businesses that

qualify to become certified through the Small Business Administration, and it suggests that minority-owned business enterprises and women business enterprises become certified through recognized national and statewide certifying agencies.

■■ Increase small-business utilization, including minority-

owned and women-owned businesses.

›› Small businesses on the bidders list that are deemed

capable of providing the good or service will receive notification from the University of requests for quotes, bids and proposals that are awarded through a competitive process.

›› The University identifies and unbundles or segments

large construction contracts into multiple, smaller contracts that can be bid out to different prime contractors, which may mean bonding assistance and may factor into small-business goals.

›› In determining “lowest and best” bid for awarding construction contracts, the University will review efforts that bidders make to include small-business subcontracts.

The Mackey Complex renovation, which utilized minority and women businesses for construction management and design, was a five-year project.

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CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS AND AWARDS

SPECIFIC MINORITY-OWNED, WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS GOALS

If Purdue determines additional measures are necessary to encourage the utilization of small business, and if substantial underutilization of minority-owned or women-owned groups exists after the implementation and evaluation of Track 1 ACCESS Program measures, the University will add Track 2.

If Purdue determines that there is substantial underutilization of any minority-owned or women-owned groups after implementation and evaluation of Track 1 and Track 2 ACCESS Program measures, the University will consider implementing a business goals program for those specific groups.

Track 2 policies and efforts will be implemented to: ■■ Provide bonding assistance on certain construction

contracts.

With Track 3, Purdue will tailor the goals program with careful consideration of the following specifics: ■■ Necessity for the program and to which groups it

■■ Establish a small-business goals program.

should apply.

■■ Explore the advantages and possibility of using

construction managers.

■■ Flexibility and duration of the program, including the

availability of waiver provisions.

■■ Relationship of numerical goals to business availability.

A detailed explanation of Track 1, 2 and 3 is available at www.purdue.edu/supplierdiversity/documents/ Purdue-ACCESS-FINAL-12-13-11.pdf

■■ Impacts of such race-conscious and gender-conscious

measures on the rights of third parties.

ACCESS YOUR SUCCESS Since Purdue introduced ACCESS, a growing number of minorityowned and women-owned businesses — like yours — are taking notice of the new opportunities. Visit our website at www.purdue.edu/ supplierdiversity or call us at 765-494-3739.

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