MBE/WBE (Minority Business Enterprises and Woman Business Enterprises)

The policy goal of the MBE/WBE Programs is to assure that Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Woman Business Enterprises (WBE) are given the opportunity to participate in contract and procurement for supplies, construction, equipment and services under any EPA grant or cooperative agreement.


Proposals for federal contracts exceeding $750,000 ($1.5 million for construction projects) require a Small Business Plan by law to provide maximum practicable opportunity to Small Business Concerns. The Plan requires PSU to identify how we plan to meet the government’s diversity goals. Penn State is committed to making every effort to achieve the goals as stated in our plan for purchased goods, services and consulting in all categories: Small, Disadvantaged, Women-Owned, HUBzone, Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. Our desired goals are 23% for Small business, 5% for Disadvantaged and Woman-Owned, and 3% for HUBzone, Veteran-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned. If we are not able to meet these goals in our Plan, then we must provide the reasoning as to why not, (e.g.  products are sole-sourced, highly technical in nature and only available from large firms on contract funds spent outside the University, etc.)

The implementation and coordination of this program is the joint responsibility of:

  • Purchasing Services -  The Small Business Liaison Officer has the day-to-day responsibility for implementing the University’s small business program.
  • Department - The Principal Investigator is responsible as the federal contract holder for any small business requirements. The departmental grants and contracts coordinator(s) are to support the PI in meeting small business goals. 

Contact Information
Please submit your requests for sub plans, via email, to:

Duane Bullock, Manager, Supplier Diversity and Environmentally Responsible Purchasing
101 Procurement Services Building