Diversity Definitions

Definitions

  • Detroit-Based Business (DBB): A business that has a physical and economic relationship to the City of Detroit. To be eligible for consideration, the business must first document that it has paid taxes to the City of Detroit not less than one year prior to applying for certification. Other qualifying criteria will be applied to qualifying suppliers.
  • Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE): A sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation of which a minimum of 51% is owned by minority persons. In the case of a proprietorship or partnership, the minority owners must be engaged in the daily management, control and operation of the business concern. In the case of a corporation, the minority stockholders must be in control of the management and daily business operations, and a majority of the Board of Directors must be minority group members.
  • Minority Person(s)
    • African-American - A U.S. citizen having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Sub-Sahara Africa.
    • Hispanic-American - A U.S. citizen of true-born Hispanic heritage (true-born meaning "authentically" or genuinely" as per Webster), from any of the Spanish speaking areas of Latin America or the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean basin only. Brazilians shall be listed under Hispanic designation for review and certification purposes.
    • Native-American - A U.S. citizen who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the continental United States and proof can be provided through a Native American Blood Degree Certificate (i.e. tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number). MMBDC will accept those tribes recognized by either the federal government or state government. In the case of American Indian listing on the tribal registry and acceptance by the tribe can be substituted for the 25% bloodline requirement.
    • Asian-Pacific American - A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.
    • Asian-Indian American - U. S. citizens whose origins are in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
  • Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE): Means that there exists a 51% ownership by a woman/women, and they control the business policy and operations, and have been in business at least one year.
  • LGBT- Owned Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) - A sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation of which a minimum of 51% is owned by LGBT persons. In the case of a proprietorship or partnership, the LGBT owners must be engaged in the daily management, control and operation of the business concern. In the case of a corporation, the LGBT stockholders must be in control of the management and daily business operations, and a majority of the Board of Directors must be LGBT members.  
  • Small, Disadvantaged Business (SDB): A business that is small, small being defined as fewer than 50 employees or less than $1,000,000 in annual revenue, whose majority owner and operator is handicapped (e.g. blind, para- or quadriplegic, deaf).

Related Business Advocacy Organizations

  • Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce (DRLGBTCC) – provides diversity certification to majority owned LGBT business enterprises and creates an avenue in which corporations can do business with in the LGBT business community.
  • Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council – provides diversity certification to minority owned firms and facilitates networking with its Corporate Members who are committed to doing business with minority owned businesses.
  • Womens Business Council - Great Lakes – provides diversity certification for women own firms and facilitates networking opportunities with its Corporate Members who are committed to doing business with women owned businesses.