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Frequently Asked Questions
General FAQ'S


Is there a fee to become a Diversity Bridge member?

There is no fee to join Diversity Bridge, although some programs and activities may have a fee associated.


What happens to the information I provide?

Diversity Bridge maintains a secure site. All personal information is safe in that it is encrypted. Diversity Bridge does not share its information with others and only uses it for the purposes outlined in the terms of agreement.

For Buyers


Why should I join?
If you are interested in increasing the diversity of your suppliers and want to become more inclusive, Diversity Bridge provides you with access to diverse minority businesses and an opportunity to post bids and identify businesses that meet your specific needs.


What are the benefits?
You will be able to identify minority businesses who meet your specific needs and your organization will have increased its outreach efforts to diverse suppliers by posting bid opportunities.


What happens to the information I provide?
Diversity Bridge maintains a secure site. All personal information is safe in that it is encrypted. Diversity Bridge does not share its information with others and only uses it for the purposes outlined in the terms of agreement.


Will I find a minority business that meets my specific needs?
You will be able to search Diversity Bridge's Minority Directory by several key factors (for example NAIC codes, key words, service area, etc.) and identify those businesses listed in the Directory that meets the criteria. Diversity Bridge cannot attest to the quality of the services or products provided by the businesses listed in its Directory.

Does Diversity Bridge approve the minority businesses that are listed in its Directory?
No, Diversity Bridge cannot attest to the quality of the services and products provided by the minority businesses listed in its directory. However, Diversity Bridge will be soliciting feedback from both buyers and minority businesses and in the future will use that feedback to acknowledge those buyers and businesses who have been successful at meeting their goals as a result of Diversity Bridge.


How can I share my concerns?

If you have an issue with Diversity Bridge or one that impacts the growth of minority businesses please share with us by going to the Contact Us page. We welcome your input so that we can continue to facilitate meeting the needs of buyers in our Greater Columbus community.


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For MBE


Why should I join?
Diversity Bridge provides a one stop access to resources and opportunities that will assist you in growing a profitable business.


What are the benefits?

Diversity Bridge will connect you with the right resources and opportunities that will assist you in growing your business. You will have the opportunity to network with peers, decision makers, buyers, and leaders in the Greater Columbus community.


What happens to the information I provide?
Diversity Bridge maintains a secure site. All personal information is safe in that it is encrypted. Diversity Bridge does not share its information with others and only uses it for the purposes outlined in the terms of agreement.


Am I certified after I complete the certification application?
No, Diversity Bridge does not offer certification. Diversity Bridge does offer a centralized certification process. Your application will be forwarded to the appropriate certifying agency for you. Upon review, someone from that agency will contact you regarding your certification status. You may need to provide additional information and/or meet additional requirements.


Does Diversity Bridge approve the companies that are represented by buyers on the web portal?
No, Diversity Bridge cannot attest to the opportunities offered by its buyers and cannot assure contracts will be awarded by its buyers. However, Diversity Bridge will be soliciting feedback from both buyers and minority businesses and in the future will use that feedback to acknowledge those buyers and businesses who have been successful at meeting their goals as a result of Diversity Bridge.


Are programs and activities listed on the Diversity Bridge calendar been approved?
No, Diversity Bridge has not evaluated the programs and activities. However, we will be soliciting your feedback and using that as a source of evaluation in the future.


How can I share my concerns?
If you have an issue with Diversity Bridge or one that impacts the growth of minority businesses please share with us by going to the Contact Us page. We welcome your input so that we can continue to advocate for the growth of minority businesses.


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For Service Providers


Why should I join?
Diversity Bridge provides you with access to diverse minority businesses and an opportunity to identify and share your resources, activities and programs with businesses that can benefit from them.


What are the benefits?

You will be able to identify minority businesses who are in need of your services, products and programs. Your organization will have increased its outreach efforts to minority businesses by posting its offerings on the Diversity Bridge calendar and listing its resources in the Business Resources section.


Will attendance and utilization of programs, services, and products be increased as a result of my participation in Diversity Bridge?
Diversity Bridge cannot guarantee increased utilization; rather, it provides you an additional marketing vehicle to reach more minority businesses.

Does Diversity Bridge approve the minority businesses that are listed in its Directory?
No, Diversity Bridge cannot attest to the quality of the services and products provided by the minority businesses listed in its directory. However, Diversity Bridge will be soliciting feedback from minority businesses, buyers, and service providers and in the future will use that feedback to acknowledge those buyers, businesses, and service providers who have been successful at meeting their goals as a result of Diversity Bridge.


How can I share my concerns?

If you have an issue with Diversity Bridge or one that impacts the growth of minority businesses please share with us by going to the Contact Us page. We welcome your input so that we can continue to facilitating meeting the needs of minority businesses in our Greater Columbus community.


 
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