Minority and Women-Owned Business Development Policy Statement
The Atlanta Braves and SunTrust Park are committed to expanding business opportunities and strengthening our supplier database with diverse vendors. Our policy is to actively seek out vendors and contractors that can supply the commodities needed for us to achieve our overall business goals and objectives.
The goals of the Atlanta Braves Supplier Diversity Program are:
- To purchase products and services through vendors that offers quality at a competitive price and timely deliverables.
- Form strategic alliances with minority and women-owned businesses through joint-ventures, mentoring and financial sponsorships and second-tier purchasing.
As the Atlanta Braves moves forward into future business developments, it is our hope that businesses that partner with us will move forward and prosper as well.
Success is not only measured by the size of a contract, but by the commitment both parties are willing to make for each business to succeed in accomplishing goals and objectives!
Becoming Registered as a Diverse Vendor
Becoming a registered minority or women-owned business vendor with the Atlanta Braves Supplier Diversity Program is the first step needed to be a part of our team.
All minority and women-owned businesses looking to participate in the Atlanta Braves Supplier Diversity Program must be certified as an MBE and/or WBE business. You must be certified by one of the following councils: Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC), as well as, the Georgia Women's Business Council (GWBC). Certification is also accepted from the national levels of both organizations, NMSDC and WBENC. We also accept certification from the local, state or federal government agencies.
Products and Services List
- Telecommunication services
- Imprinted Specialties
- First Aid Services and Supplies
- Cameras and Video
- Printing Services
- Office Supplies
- Background Investigations
- Access Control Equipment
- Radios and Paging Systems
- Security Personnel and Services
- CCTV Installation and Service
- Dry Cleaning
- Towing Services
- Specialty Gifts
- Emergency Management
- Advertising and Marketing
- Building Maintenance Supplies
- Construction Services
- Video Production
- Graphic Design
The above list represents the various types of products and services utilized by the Atlanta Braves. This list is subject to change without notice based on the company's procurement needs.
Focus on Supplier Diversity
There are 8 major focus areas of the Atlanta Braves Supplier Diversity Program which we use to manage the program. These areas consist of the following:
- Training and Education for Braves Staff of the importance of Supplier Diversity to the organizations' financial goals and objectives
- Website and Database Mgt.
- External Outreach Activities
- Goals and Measurements for each department within the organization
- MWBE Business Development
- Tracking and Reporting
- Second Tier Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the Atlanta Braves Supplier Diversity Program (ABSDP)?
A. The ABSDP is an initiative designed to increase opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses to participate in the procurement activities of the Atlanta Braves organization.
Q. How does the ABSDP defined a "minority-owned" business?
A. Atlanta Braves follows the established corporate and government standards and definitions for these terms.
Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals (Black [African American], Hispanic, Asian or Native American). In the case of a publicly owned business, one or more such individuals own at least 51% of the stock. Furthermore, a minority group member controls the management and daily operations. Additional definitions as listed by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. include:
Black (African American): A U.S. citizen having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa. Hispanic: A U.S. citizen of trueborn Hispanic heritage, from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of Latin America or the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin only.
Asian-Indian: A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Asian-Pacific: A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.
Native American: A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the continental United States and proof can be provided through a Native American Blood Degree Certificate (i.e., tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number).
Q. How does the ABSDP defined a "women-owned" business?
A. Atlanta Braves follows established corporate and government standards and definitions for these terms. "Women-Owned Business" means a business that is at least 51 percent owned by a woman or women who also controls and operates the business. "Control" in this context means exercising the power to make policy decisions. "Operate" in this context means being actively involved in the day-to-day management.
Q. How do I know if I qualify as an MBE or WBE?
A. You must apply and go through a certification process. Certification programs have been established by local, state, and federal agencies. Typically, applicants must submit information about the company and its ownership. There are several private sector certifying agencies for minorities and women as well. The largest minority certification agency is the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC). One certifying agency for women is the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The local chapters of these organizations are sufficient as well.
Q. How do I get my business certified?
A. Several national and local agencies have certification programs:
Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC)
759 W Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
1040 Avenue of the Americas, Second Floor, New York, NY 10018
Tel: 212-944-2430 - Fax: 212-719-9611
Georgia's Women's Business Enterprise Council (GWBC)
1201 Peachtree Street NE
400 Colony Square, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30361
Fax: 404.745.0151; Email: email@example.com
Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
1120 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 950, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 872-5515 - Fax: (202) 872-5505
Small Business Administration (SBA)
409 3rd Street SW, Washington, DC 20416
Phone: (202) 872-5515 - Fax: (202) 872-5505
National Gay Lesbian Transgender Chamber of Commerce
729 15th St. NW, 9th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
National Veterans Owned Business Assoc.
313-315 N. Main St.
Carnegie, PA 15106
Q. If I'm not a certified minority or women-owned business, can I conduct business with the Atlanta Braves?
A. The Atlanta Braves is completely committed to developing new business relationships with companies that supports commitment to supplier diversity, regardless of ownership. The Atlanta Braves develop partnerships with a variety of suppliers and vendors. A company's ability to satisfy key objectives of the Braves organization is pertinent in developing a solid business relationship. Price, quality, service, and the vendor's willingness and ability to support the Atlanta Braves are an important part of the organizations strategic objectives. These factors, along with the need for the product/service offered, will determine our ongoing business relationship with each vendor.
Q. How can I find out more about ABSDP?
A. Businesses interested in finding out about the ABSDP can call (404) 614-2343 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.