Enhanced Digital Certification™

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A New Digital Era For Engaging Diverse Businesses

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 EDC’s advanced technology enables diverse-owned businesses to efficiently establish and attest to at least 51% ownership, management and control by quickly validating:

  • The applicant business owner’s identity
  • Verification of Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • Ownership Document Submittal
  • Screening, risk and sanctions checks

All EDC certifications are subject to post-issuance audits.

Unique QR Code can be used to validate certification status 24/7! EDC QR Codes can also be placed on websites, literature, and emails.
EDC includes attestations compliant with SBA Small Business Self Certifications.
One EDC can cover multiple diversity classifications.
Use EDC for specific jurisdictions including international applications.
EDC Badge can be used as a distinct identifier.
EDC can be verified electronically via API.

Verify A Supplier Certificate 24/7 For Free

Increase New Business Opportunities For Underrepresented Businesses

Maximize Sourcing Power With Qualified Diverse Suppliers

Drive Innovation and Build Competitive Advantages

EDC Process

Everyone Wins With EDC

Easy-To-Use At No Cost

You can verify supplier certificates in real-time using their QR code or certificate number for free.

Inexpensive and Fast for Suppliers

Potential suppliers get certified inexpensively and in as little as 15 minutes. EDC creates more certified supplier options for your inclusive sourcing program.

Empower Suppliers To Scale Up

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can an EDC certification be verified?

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 also covers the requirements for SBA Small Business Self Certification, which is an added benefit for suppliers who intend to prospect to clients with government reporting and audit requirements.

What’s the difference between the EDC process and the other traditional programs?

The EDC process utilizes advanced technology to validate and issue a certificate in as little as 15 minutes, which typically takes weeks or months to complete with the other traditional programs. Besides, EDC costs much less than the other certifications ($25/year).

Who is eligible to become certified?

For US Certifications – Any bona-fide US Citizen Owned Business that is 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more of the included diversity categories (Minority, Woman, Veteran, Disability, LGBT) is eligible to get certified.
Non-US EDC Certification categories will be added in the near future.

Do I have an access to view certifications other than SG EDC?

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.

What type of diverse businesses does EDC certify?

The EDC process recognizes all types of diverse businesses including minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, LGBT-owned and disability-owned businesses.

How does EDC Support Program with Government Small Business Reporting Requirements?

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

What regulations and standards are incorporated In the EDC process?

  • 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 are 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.

How can this information be accessed?

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 in the SupplierGATEWAY system from supplier profiles, 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 to scan the process for users that are using the SupplierGATEWAY Mobile App.