If you are interested in doing business with DRI by becoming a vendor please fill-out the vendor application and W-9 form. You will find information on the Nevada System of Higher Education Purchasing Requirements at Business Center North.
In accordance with Nevada Law, no preference will be given to any business group or classification.
We also invite you to visit the DRI Research Parks, Ltd. to learn more about unique opportunities for high technology business development in northern Nevada.
Vendor Diversity Program Statement
The Nevada System of Higher Education and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) recognizes the benefit of creating an equal opportunity for all vendors to participate in the Institute’s procurement process, and is committed to diversity and non-discrimination in its business operations. Accordingly, DRI will make a good faith effort to utilize Minority Business Enterprises, Women Business Enterprises, Disabled Business Enterprises, Veteran/Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises, and Small Business Enterprise throughout the procurement process. This effort does not equate to a quota or set percentage. All efforts to contact and engage small, minority, disabled, veteran, and women vendors will be fair and impartial.
In accordance with Nevada Law, no preference will be given to any business group or classification. The Vendor Diversity Program has been created, however, to ensure that small, minority, veteran, disabled, and women owned businesses have the unimpeded ability to compete in the bidding process and to do business with DRI.
Vendor Diversity Program Goals
The Vendor Diversity Program’s main objectives include, but are not limited, to the following:
- For goods and services that require a formal solicitation, recognition will be given to the vendor business classification as specified by the submitter on the Invitation to Bid Form.
- Proposers will be encouraged to submit a plan identifying primary and second-tier vendors that are small, minority, disabled, veteran, or women owned business concerns to be used for the commodity or service being bid.
- When subcontractors are utilized, primary vendors will be encouraged to demonstrate, in their bid proposal, that they attempted to obtain bids from small, minority, disabled, veteran, or women owned business where applicable.
- For purchase orders issued below the bidding threshold, the utilization of a diverse vendor base will be an objective facilitated by the purchasing staff.
- Periodic transaction reporting will be conducted to monitor the success of DRI’s efforts in partnering with a diverse base of vendors.
Diversified Vendor Definitions
Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE): An independent business which performs a commercially useful function and is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more minority persons of African American, Hispanic American, Asian-Pacific American, or Native American ethnicity.
Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE): An independent business which performs a commercially useful function and is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women.
Disabled Owned Business Enterprise (DIS/DBE): An independent business which performs a commercially useful function and is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more disabled/disadvantaged individuals pursuant to the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
Veteran/Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (VET/DVET): An independent business which performs a commercially useful function and is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more veterans/disabled veterans who have served in the active military and discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
Small Business Enterprise (SBE): An independent business which performs a commercially useful function, is not owned and controlled by individuals designated as minority, women, veterans, or physically-challenged, and where gross annual sales does not exceed $2,000,000.
Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUB/HEBZone): The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program provides federal contracting opportunities for qualified small businesses located in distressed areas.
Certification — DRI does not use a third party to certify the authenticity of a business. Therefore, all information submitted by a vendor must be accurate and in accordance with fair business practices. If you have been certified as a diversified vendor, please submit a copy of the certificate with the Vendor Application Form and the W-9 Request for Taxpayer ID Form.
Requirements — DRI requires that a vendor application and W-9 be completed and submitted to the Purchasing/Accounts Payable Department prior to processing any system transactions. Please be sure to fill out the entire form, specifically the Type of Organization area accurately.
For purchases greater than $5,000.00 and Request For Proposal (RFP) information, please visit Business Center North (BCN) Purchasing at the link below. BCN Purchasing serves as the Purchasing Agent for the Northern locations of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).
When the form is completed, fax it to (775)673-7459 or mail to:
DRI Purchasing/Accounts Payable Department
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, Nevada 89512-1095
Completing the Vendor Application and Form W-9 does not guarantee that the vendor will be selected for goods and services being purchased by the Institute, nor does it assure invitation to bid on DRI projects.
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