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Supplier Diversity Program

The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) is committed to valuing differences and nurturing a community of diversity. We strive to create opportunities for disadvantaged, minority, women, veteran-owned business enterprises (D/M/W/VBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) in all airport-related services.

IAA does not exclude or deny any person from participation or benefits of the Supplier Diversity Program. The IAA does not discriminate against anyone in connection with the award or performance of any contract covered by 49 CFR Part 26 or Part 23 on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin.

The variety of products and services needed at Indianapolis International Airport (IND) and IAA's general aviation airports is vast. Examples include goods, services and supplies related to retail and concessions, airport operations and maintenance and construction. We encourage companies of all types and sizes to compete for our business.

Learn how the IAA builds public value through diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Locate Certified Diverse Vendors

The State of Indiana, City of Indianapolis and Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council have administrative programs and departments offering information and resources in the form of training and networking events to those who wish to pursue certification. To begin the process, businesses must formally apply for certification. To learn more about certification laws, policies, procedures and lists of vendors, please visit the resources listed below.

LocationResource
IndianaState of Indiana MBE & WBE
IndianaState of Indiana DBE, ACDBE & Title VI/ADA Programs
IndianaMid-States Minority Supplier Development Council
IndianapolisCity of Indianapolis MBE, WBE & VBE

Business Opportunities

Any owner or representative of a city or state certified business enterprise who seeks information about participation in airport projects is encouraged to participate in business opportunities by responding to our requests for proposals (RFPs), requests for qualifications (RFQs), requests to public bids, etc.

Specifically, certified business enterprises include: Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (VBE).

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Supplier Diversity Definitions

For breakdowns and descriptions of how each group is defined, view the definitions below.

ACDBE - Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise is a concessionaire, retailer or car rental agency that is a sole proprietorship, corporation or joint venture of which a person that is socially and economically disadvantaged owns a minimum of 51%. In the case of a proprietorship or partnership, the daily management and operation of the business concern is controlled by at least one of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own the business. In the case of a corporation, socially and economically disadvantaged stockholders must be in control of the management and daily business operations, and a majority of the directors must be socially and economically disadvantaged.

What is a Concession?
1) a business located on the Airport that is engaged in the sale of consumer goods or services to the public 2) a business conducting one or more of the following activities: management contracts and subcontracts, a web-based or other electronic business in a terminal or which passengers can access at the terminal, an advertising business that provides advertising displays or messages to the public on the airport, or a business that provides goods and services to concessionaires. 

DBE - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise is a sole proprietorship, corporation or joint venture of which a person that is socially and economically disadvantaged owns a minimum of 51%. In the case of a proprietorship or partnership, the daily management and operation of the business concern is controlled by at least one of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own the business. In the case of a corporation, socially and economically disadvantaged stockholders must be in control of the management and daily business operations, and a majority of the directors must be socially and economically disadvantaged. 

MBE - Minority Business Enterprise is a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or joint venture of which a minimum of 51% is owned by one or more minorities. In the case of a proprietorship or partnership, the minority owner/s must be engaged in the daily management control and operation of the business concern. In the case of a corporation, minority stockholders must be in control of the management and daily business operations, and a majority of the directors must be of the following minority groups: African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American Indian, Alaskan Native or members of other minority groups. 

WBE - Woman Business Enterprise is a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or joint venture of which women own a minimum of 51%. In the case of a proprietorship or partnership, the daily management and operation of the business concern is controlled by at least one of the women who own the business. In the case of a corporation, women stockholders must be in control of the management and daily business operations, and a majority of the directors must be women. 

VBE – Veteran Business Enterprise not less than 51% of which is owned by one or more veterans, or in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more veterans; and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more veterans.

The term ''veteran'' means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable. [Title 38 Section 101 (2)] 

Service Disabled Veteran: A veteran who possesses a disability rating letter issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, establishing a service-connected rating between 0 and 100% or a disability determination from the Department of Defense. The term ''service-connected'' means, with respect to disability or death, that such disability was incurred or aggravated, or that the death resulted from a disability incurred or aggravated, in line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service. [Title 38 Section 101 (16)]

Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business: Not less than 51% of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, or in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans; and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans, or in the case of a veteran with a permanent and severe disability, a spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran. 

Ethnicity refers to individuals or groups who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States and are of one or more of the following:

  • African-American (a person with origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa)
  • Asian-American (a person with the origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent or the Pacific Islands)
  • Hispanic/Latino (a person of Spanish culture with origins in Mexico, South Central America, or Puerto Rico, or Cuba or other Spanish origin, regardless of race)
  • Native-American Indian or Native
  • Members of other groups, or other individuals, found to be economically and socially disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration under section 8(a) of the Small Business Act, as amended (15U.S.C. 637(a)) 

Annual supplier diversity goals

To help ensure the broad inclusion of large and small business
enterprises when seeking or delivering airport services, IAA establishes
annual goals for its business expenditures. For the current operating
year, these goals are as follows:

 
Service Percentage
DBE 18%
MBE 15%
WBE 10%
VBE 3%
Overall Participation 28%
Service Percentage
ACDBE 13.8%
Non-rental car 12%
Rental car 1.8%

Business Diversity Outreach Events

The Indianapolis Airport Authority generally hosts two outreach events a year to provide additional information on how to do business with the airport, upcoming capital projects, and a networking opportunity for certified diverse businesses.

Click the years below for resources on past business diversity outreach events.

May 18, 2022 --- Indianapolis Airport Parking Garage Expansion

April 26, 2022 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Rental Car Virtual Outreach

February 2, 2022 --- Equity Insights Fireside Chat with Marc Morial

      August 31, 2021 --- Supplier Diversity Outreach Event

          June 16, 2021 --- Equity Insights Fireside Chat with Dr. Robert Garcia

          April 27, 2021 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Rental Car Virtual Outreach

          March 24, 2021 --- Equity Insights Fireside Chat with Phillip Washington

          March 10 and 11, 2021 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Solicitation / Good Faith Efforts Best Practice Virtual Workshop

          October 21, 2020 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Business Diversity Virtual Outreach Event

          February 25, 2020 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Construction Services Business Diversity Outreach Event

          September 10, 2019 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority DBE Stakeholders Outreach Event

          September 10, 2019 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Outreach Event for Professional Services

          April 30, 2019 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Rental Car Outreach

          February 26, 2019 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Construction Contractors Outreach

          August 14, 2018 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Professional Services Outreach

          February 20, 2018 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Construction Contractors Outreach

          February 1, 2018 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Stormwater and Deicing Outreach 

          January 18, 2018 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority ACDBE Stakeholder Meeting

          September 20, 2017 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Professional Services Outreach

          February 27, 2017 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Construction Contractors Outreach

          August 31, 2016 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Professional Services Outreach

          February 17, 2016 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Construction Contractors Outreach

          October 1, 2015 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Professional Services Outreach

          February 3, 2015 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Construction Contractors Outreach

          August 5, 2014 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Professional Services Outreach

          January 29, 2014 --- Indianapolis Airport Authority Construction Contractors Outreach

          Central Indiana Organizations

          These central Indiana organizations are committed to increasing awareness and understanding of cultural diversity issues.

          Asian American Alliance, Inc.

          The mission of the Asian American Alliance (AAAI) is to inspire Central Indiana Asian Americans to serve and lead. AAAI serves as critical nexus between corporate, civic and governmental entities and the Asian American community in Central Indiana.

          Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana

          The Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana (DRTCI) provides a forum for leaders, advocates, and supporters of organizational diversity efforts to network, enhance diversity competencies, and advocate for diversity-sensitive policies and practices.

          Hispanic Business Council

          The Indy Chamber's Hispanic Business Council (HBC) works to better assist the Hispanic business community, by offering networking events to engage the community and help grow business.

          Historically Underutilized Business Zones

          The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.

          Indiana Black Expo, Inc.

          The Indiana Black Expo (IBE) celebrates cultural diversity and inclusiveness across all races, ethnicities, nationalities, generations, socioeconomic levels and religious affiliations.

          Japan-America Society of Indiana

          The Japan-America Society of Indiana (JASI) is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization whose mission is to serve as a bridge of friendship between the people of Indiana and Japan.

          Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council

          The primary mission of the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) is to promote and cultivate successful minority enterprises within the Central Illinois, Indiana and Eastern Missouri business communities.

          National Association of Women Business Owners

          The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America’s more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the market.

          Small Business Administration

          The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

          How to do Business with the Airport

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          Vendor Registration

          Register for the free online solicitation system to receive automatic e-mail notifications on future solicitations based on the type of service and/or supply.

          Vendor Registration

          Business Opportunities

          View all open airport business opportunities through the new online solicitation system. Must be a registered vendor to download documents.

          Business Opportunities

          Airport Information

          There are a variety of opportunities for contractors, suppliers and professional service providers who want to do business at Indianapolis International Airport (IND).

          Airport Information

          Have Questions?

          For additional information please contact:

          Holli Harrington
          Sr. Director of Supplier Diversity and Diversity Officer
          Email: supplierdiversity@ind.com
          Phone:
          317-487-5374

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