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Understanding Diversity Certifications

Learn more about diversity certifications, definitions and how to obtain your certifications to do business with Ochsner Health Systems.

MBE

Minority-owned Business Enterprises

Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBE) – a minority-owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of any size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated, and controlled by minority group members. “Minority group members” are United States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American. Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by one or more such individuals or, in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. Further, the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members. Certification is provided by the following organizations:

Visit any of the following links to apply for your certification(s).

LGBT

Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender-owned Business Enterprise

Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender-owned Business Enterprise (LGBT) – a company that is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a LGBT business owner. Certification is provided by the following organizations:

Visit any of the following links to apply for your certification(s).

VOB

Veteran-owned Business Enterprises

Veteran-owned Business (VOB) & Service-Disabled Veteran-owned Business (SDVOB) – a for-profit enterprise presently located in the United States or its trust territories and is at least 51% owned by an individual(s) who have performed active service in one of the United States armed services and were honorably discharged. The term “service disabled” means that such disability was incurred or aggravated in line of duty in the active military, naval or air service. Individual(s) must be involved in the day-to-day management of the business. Verification is provided by the following organizations:

Visit any of the following links to apply for your certification(s).

WBE

Women-owned Business Enterprises

Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) – a company that is at least 51% owned, controlled, and operated by a woman or women. Certification is provided by the following organizations:

Visit any of the following links to apply for your certification(s).

Not sure which certification to apply for?

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