Tips for Small, Diverse and Veteran-Owned Businesses

We are committed to dismantling barriers that prevent small, diverse, and veteran-owned business in Washington state from selling goods and services to governments and organizations.

What qualifies as a small, diverse, or veteran-owned business?

Small businesses means the primary location is in Washington state and the business has 50 or fewer employees or a gross annual revenue of less than $7 million. 

Diverse businesses are owned by: Women; People in a racial minority; Socially and economically disadvantaged people.

Veteran-owned businesses must be at least 51% owned by a veteran to qualify for certification.

Tips to get you started

Upcoming event

State Contracting Opportunities & Open House
Join us on the third Thursday of each month, from 3 - 4 p.m., for a virtual event where we will discuss a variety of topics, including: an introduction to state contracting; how to find upcoming contracting opportunities; where to get technical assistance; where to find additional training; and, of course, provide time and opportunity for questions and answers.'

Regional Contracting Forum
The 2023 Regional Contracting Forum is a free, in-person event. It will provide a meet and greet opportunity to connect with government and regional representatives in architecture, contracts & procurement, and engineering.

Stay informed

We host events, provide training, and work with small and diverse business communities to connect them with tools, resources and statewide contracting opportunities.

Additional information

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Related policies

DES-090-06

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all procurement professionals and those with acquisition responsibilities use approved, legally compliant strategies that encourage and facilitate the purchase of goods and services from small, diverse, and veteran-owned businesses to the maximum extent possible. Agencies must take action to remove barriers that prevent small, diverse, and veteran-owned businesses from receiving equitable access to state goods and services procurements.