To qualify as a minority supplier, a company must be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizen(s) from any of the following ethnic groups: African American, Hispanic, Native (including Eskimo and Native Hawaiians), and Asian Americans; or is "minority controlled" by 30 percent of its voting stock, board of directors, and management. Women owned businesses must be 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by one or more female U.S. citizen(s).
People with disabilities (PWD) owned businesses must be 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by one or more disabled person(s), service disabled honorable discharged veteran(s), or be an organization that employs a substantial number of people with disabilities.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender (LGBT) owned businesses must be 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by one or more LGBT individual(s).
IBM accepts certifications/documentation from the following organizations:
- Minority owned: The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and its regional affiliate councils. The Small Business Administration (SBA) and other federal, state, or local (county, city) government agencies.
- Woman owned: The Women Business Enterprise