Minority and Women-Owned Business Resources

This page provides information and assistance to minority and women-owned businesses and how to do business with the University of Arkansas (UA) and the state.

It is the policy of the State of Arkansas to support equal opportunity as well as economic development in every sector. In accordance with the Minority and Women-Owned Business Economic Development Act, UA supports all possible participation of companies owned and controlled by minority persons and women in state-funded and state-directed public programs and construction projects.

 Pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 19-11-229, 19-11-230 and 22-9-203 the State of Arkansas encourages all small, minority, and women owned business enterprises to submit competitive sealed bids and proposals for university projects, including capital improvement projects. Encouragement is also made to all general contractors that in the event they subcontract portions of their work, consideration is given to the identified groups.

Arkansas Code Annotated § 15-4-303 defines a minority-owned business as a business that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned by one (1) or more minority persons who are lawful permanent residents of the State of Arkansas:

  • African American
  • Hispanic American
  • American Indian
  • Pacific Islander American
  • Asian American
  • A Service-Disabled Veteran as designated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Women-owned business is defined by Act 1080 of the 91st General Assembly Regular Session 2017 as a business that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned by one (1) or more women who are lawful permanent residents of the State of Arkansas.

Increase the opportunity for your minority or women-owned business to sell products and services to the State of Arkansas.  The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) conducts a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification process.  Certification indicates that your company has undergone a review process to show that it is 51% or more owned, controlled and operated by a minority or woman as defined above. Certification is granted for two years and allows participation in the procurement process as a MWOB.

  • Furniture
  • IT
  • Campus/Student Events
  • Consulting
  • Labor
  • Construction/Job Order Contracts
  • Various Services
  • Types of Purchases
  • Hogbid - UA’s formal bid solicitation page.
  • AEDC certified minority or women-owned businesses can do business with UA for purchases up to $40,000 without requirement of competitive solicitation.

UA Vendor Registration - Registering as a supplier/vendor allows you to do business with the UA.

Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center assists Arkansas small businesses to succeed in obtaining government contracts.