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Small Business Certification

At Cornell University, the Small and Diverse Business Program supports the university's goals for promoting diversity and socially responsible purchasing. The goal of the program is to provide a resource that will assist the university community in locating and establishing relationships with small and disadvantage businesses and to assure compliance with applicable federal regulations for sponsored fund reporting.

To meet the federal requirements for sponsored funding, Cornell must certify annually the Small Business Administration (SBA) statuses of all small and diverse companies with which it does business. Businesses are asked to complete the SBA Annual Certification form below and return it to Supply Management Services using the instructions on the form.

SBA Annual Certification Form

The following information outlines the goals and the roles and responsibilities related to the annual SBA certification process.

  • Educate vendors regarding how to conduct business with the university
  • Give reasonable business opportunity to minority-owned, women owned, small disadvantaged, HUB Zone, veteran owned and service-disabled-veteran owned businesses 
  • Purchases of goods and services from such concerns to the fullest extent possible, consistent with this policy and the efficient performance of operations
Roles & Responsibilities

Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO)

  • Submit, in a timely manner, small business subcontracting plans to applicable agencies
  • Work with the Office of Sponsored Programs where a small business subcontracting plan is required and complete the plan in a timely manner
  • Work with purchasing agents on applicable solicitations to ensure adequate involvement of small business concerns
  • Provide tools to assist campus users in identifying small business concerns
  • Provide opportunities for vendors to learn how to do business with the university
  • Certify small businesses concerns and oversee management of information and identification
  • Maintain vendor database category fields to enable accurate reporting
  • Maximize opportunities for small business concerns to compete for university business, regardless of funding source

Cornell Departments

  • Notify the SBLO if a Request for Proposal (RFP) is being initiated that includes the requirement for a small business subcontracting plan
  • Notify the purchasing agent and SBLO when a requisition is submitted using funds within a subcontracting plan
  • Maximize opportunities for small business concerns to participate in purchases within the department’s delegated authority
  • Assist in preparing reports, as necessary
  • On applicable solicitations, work with SBLO to ensure adequate inclusion of small business concerns in solicitation process
  • Participate in vendor outreach (e.g., informational meetings, vendor fairs), as requested