Mission & EO #59

​Mission

The Wisconsin Supplier Diversity Program certifies Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBEs), Woman-Owned Business Enterprises (WBEs), and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (DVBs) so they have better opportunity to do business with the State of Wisconsin. This helps the State meet its Diversity Spend Goal of purchasing 5% with MBEs and 1% with DVBs.​​​

Executive Order #59

On November 12, 2019, Governor Tony Evers issued Executive Order #59 Relating to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in State Government. Although much of this Executive Order deals with the State of Wisconsin Workforce and Affirmative Action Council, one section of the order is directly related to the Supplier Diversity Program. 

Section 6 gives the following charge to the Supplier Diversity Program Director:

​"To advance progress toward meeting Wisconsin's supplier diversity goals, the Department's Director of Supplier Diversity​ shall assess and improve current procurement and contract processes and develop new relationships and strategies to create and foster opportunities for businesses owned or operated by racial and ethnic minorities, women, and veterans."


​Supplier Diversity has made great strides in achieving the directives set forth in Executive Order #59. Some highlights include:

  • Achieving Diverse Spend of ​5.​4% in FY20. This is the first time the State has reached the 5% goal since 2014 and the 5th time the state has achieved the 5% goal in ​Program History.
  • Serving as Advisor to the Department of Facilities and Development Architecture and Engineering Selection Committee.
  • Meeting Monthly with State Agencies to discuss diverse spend, data collection and validation.
  • Collaborating with private, non state partners to secure opportunities for diverse suppliers.