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Supplier Engagement

Diversity at Florida Blue is not just about our employees. Florida Blue maintains a corporate policy and commitment to support small, diverse, minority, women and veteran certified business owners and to develop a streamlined program and engagement process that is fully integrated into our company culture. We work to maintain a supply base that is reflective of our markets because we believe that a strong and diverse supply base drives innovation and competitive solutions. At Florida Blue, we support organizations and programs that certify, train and develop diverse suppliers.

We know that our supplier engagement efforts have a positive economic impact on the communities where we do business and our goal is to partner with those companies.

Our Program Benefits

Our supplier diversity program provides numerous opportunities for business owners to participate in networking events. We also sponsor several supplier diversity conferences within each of our markets, which provides a valuable opportunity to learn how to do business with Florida Blue and receive information about upcoming bid opportunities.

In addition, our supplier diversity program is bolstered by our involvement with numerous advocacy organizations that support the growth and development of small, diverse, minority, woman and veteran-owned businesses.

Prospective Suppliers

Our company has a robust strategic sourcing process. We maintain a short list of preferred suppliers and have long-term contracts in place with our signifigant suppliers. Opportunities to add new suppliers occur occasionally as our business needs change.

The first step to working with our company is to make sure you understand our requirements.

Our suppliers must be certified via a third-party agency that has reviewed the ownership and management status of the business and certified it a minority, woman, disabled, veteran or lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender-owned business as defined below:

A for-profit enterprise with at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by U.S. citizens who belong to one of the following groups:

  • Asian-Indian
  • Asian-Pacific
  • African American
  • Hispanic
  • Native American
  • Women
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender
  • Veteran
  • Service-Disabled Veteran
  • Disabled Owned business
  • HUBZone

If you re not Certified as a Diverse Enterprise, What is the Next Step?

The Florida Blue Diversity Team has approved the following list of agencies:

National Minority Supplier Development Council
1040 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
Telephone: (212) 944-2430
National Minority Business Council

Florida South Minority Supplier Development Council
9499 N.E. 2nd Ave. #201
Miami, FL 33188
Telephone: (305) 762-6151
Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council

Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
1710 H. Street, N.W., 7th Floor
Washington, D.C. 2000
Telephone: (202) 872-5515
Women's Busines Enterprise National Council

Minority Business Development Agency
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230
Telephone: (202) 482-2332
Minority Business Development Agency

Small Business Administration 8(a) Program
26 Federal Plaza, Suite 3100
New York, NY 10278
Telephone: (212) 264-4354
Small Business Administration

National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
729 15th St. NW, 9th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
Telelphone: (204) 234-9181
National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Office of Supplier Diversity
4050 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Telephone: (850) 487-0915
Florida Office of Supplier Diversity

Native American Business Alliance
30700 Telegraph Road, Suite 1675
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
Telephone: (248) 988-9344
Native American Business Alliance

National Women Business Owners Corporation
1001 W. Jasmine Drive, #G
Lake Park, FL 33403
Telephone: (800) 675-5066
National Women Business Owners Corporation

US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®)
1310 Braddock Place, Suite 101
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: (800) 706-2710
Fax: (800) 706-1335
USBLN Certification

We welcome businesses who will add value to our sourcing and procurement processes and who will also competitively fulfill our needs to partner with us. If you meet our potential supplier criteria, please visit our Potential Supplier Registration Page.