Diverse Supplier Definitions

For the purpose of Southwest Gas’ Supplier Diversity Program, the following definitions shall apply:

Minority-Owned Business:
A business enterprise that is at least 51 percent owned by a minority individual or group(s); or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more minority groups, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of those individuals. Minority includes, but it is not limited to, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans and other groups.

Women-Owned Business:
A business enterprise that is at least 51 percent owned by a woman or women; or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more women, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of those individuals.

Black Americans:

Persons having origins in black racial groups of Africa.

Hispanic Americans:

All persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, Caribbean and other Spanish culture or origin.

Native Americans:

Persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America or the Hawaiian Islands, in particular American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts and Native Hawaiians.

Asian Pacific Americans:

Persons having origins in Asia or the Indian subcontinent, including, but not limited to, persons from Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific, Northern Marianas, Laos, Cambodia, Taiwan, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Other Groups:

Whose members are found to be disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration pursuant to Section 8(d) of the Small Business Act as amended [15 U.S.C. 637 (d)] or the Secretary of Commerce pursuant to Section 5 of Executive Order 111625.

DVBE:
A disabled veteran business enterprise: sole proprietorship at least 51 percent owned by one or more disabled veterans or, in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of its stock is owned by one or more disabled veterans; a subsidiary which is wholly owned by a parent corporation, but only if at least 51 percent of the voting stock of the parent corporation is owned by one or more disabled veterans; or a joint venture in which at least 51 percent of the joint venture’s management and control and earnings are held by one or more disabled veterans.

The management and control of the daily business operations are by one or more disabled veterans. The disabled veterans who exercise management and control are not required to be the same disabled veterans as the owners of the business concern.

It is a sole proprietorship, corporation, or partnership with its home office located in the United States, which is not a branch or subsidiary of a foreign corporation, foreign firm, or other foreign-based business.