Enhanced Digital Certification® Sponsorship

Empower your suppliers and create a more diverse supply chain

Inspire Your Potential Diverse Suppliers To Become Certified


The EDC Sponsorship program gives you a chance to pay the low cost of acquiring diverse certifications for a specific demographic group or area of suppliers that your organization is seeking to impact.

About Enhanced Digital Certification®

The SupplierGATEWAY Enhanced Digital Certification® (EDC) is a new, fast and inexpensive way for small and diverse businesses to get certified as diverse-owned organizations while at the same time exposing them to new opportunities afforded by being in the SupplierGATEWAY network.


The QR code can be used to verify certification 24/7, and can be used in emails, on a website, or other marketing material.

One EDC covers multiple diversity classifications.

Use EDC for specific jurisdictions, including international applications.

EDC badge can be used as a distinct identifier.

EDC includes attestations compliant with SBA Small Business Self Certifications.

EDC can be verified anytime via API.

Benefits of Sponsorship

Demonstrate Commitment to Community

Align Sponsorship With Your Corporate Supplier Diversity Goals

New Business Opportunities For Underrepresented Businesses

Increase Overall Supply Chain Diversity

Frequently Asked Questions

The application process only takes a few minutes, including answering a short series of questions, uploading required documents and completing a digital verification. The certification costs $25 or FREE for subscribers & sponsored entities and is issued within 15 minutes.

The EDC certification can be verified by:

  • Scanning the QR Code on the certificate; or,
  • Via login to the SupplierGATEWAY platform; or,
  • Electronically through API connections for corporations and organizations who choose to incorporate the certification verification process into their information technology environment.


The EDC process digitally validates many aspects of the application including:

  • The applicant business owner’s identity
  • Verification of Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • Document verification
  • Screening and risk evaluations including sanctions checks, Excluded Party List System (EPLS), and cross-agency data discovery.

All EDC certifications are subject to post-issuance audits.

Yes. Any supplier that has active, validated non-EDC certifications in their profile (such as NMSDC, WBENC, NGLCC, Disability:IN etc.) will also have those certifications displayed in the digital certification verification.

The SupplierGATEWAY Enhanced Digital Certification (EDC) complies with the form, structure and documentation requirements required by agencies such as the Small Business Administration (SBA), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and others, for Small Business Self Certification in the following categories.

  • Small
  • Small Disadvantaged
  • Women Owned Small
  • Veteran Owned Small
  • Service Disabled
  • Veteran Owned Small
  • Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business


  • Small business self-certification attestations as part of the EDC process include certifications that the company meets all of the requirements in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 19.7, FAR 52.219-8, and FAR Part 819, as well as 13 C.F.R. sections 121, 124, 125, 126, and 127 (as applicable).


  • Each Company completing the EDC process is required to complete an SBA size determination to identify their appropriate SBA size in accordance with the latest SBA NAICS size standards.  During this process any other applicable NAICS codes for which the business is also considered small is determined digitally.


  • Each EDC certification is digitally signed to ensure that submitters understand that the US Government’s Small Business size determination is based on the US Small Business Administration guidelines and 13-C.F.R.-121, and that under 15 U.S.C. § 645(d), any concern or person who misrepresents its size or socioeconomic status shall be (1) punished by a fine, imprisonment, or both; (2) subject to administrative remedies; and (3) ineligible for participation in programs conducted under the authority of the Small Business Act.

SupplierGATEWAY has created 3 efficient ways for the SBA Self-Certification information to be accessed and used for maximum efficiency in Government reporting processes.

  1.  Self-certifications are available online from supplier profiles in the SupplierGATEWAY system, making it easy to retrieve the exact documents you need to satisfy an audit request.  SupplierGATEWAY even includes audit file access for audit agencies, so you can create a digital folder to provide to your audit agency and reduce the impact to the environment. 
  2. Programs that prefer to fully automate compliance reporting can take advantage of REST API access to self-certification data, making it even easier to dynamically verify each PO or even PO line item as reports are being prepared.  This makes it possible to achieve a high level of compliance in Small Business reporting with minimal effort and an assurance that reported small business spend can be backed up with auditable reliable data.
  3. Self-certification documents are available via the QR code scan process for users that are using the SupplierGATEWAY Mobile App.

Empower Your Suppliers

EDC Sponsorship Program gives you a chance to underwrite the low cost of acquiring diverse certifications. There are no minimum commitments, and you set a budget and criteria for your sponsorship.

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