Supplier Diversity Certification
There are many different supplier diversity certifications available to businesses, however, as a regulated utility in California, SJW can only accept certifications visible within the Supplier Clearinghouse database (sometimes referred to as California Public Utilities Commission or "CPUC" certification).
Who is in Charge of Certification?
The Supplier Certification process is administered by www.B2Gnow.com, a third party certifying agency authorized by the Joint Utilities Committee to review supplier applications and conduct a screening process for DBE certification. Service Disable Veteran certification is obtained through the California Department of General Services (DGS) and automatically ported to the CPUC Clearinghouse database.
If a supplier is certified by one of the three comparable agencies, the supplier would qualify for CPUC comparable certification. The supplier must apply to the CPUC for comparable certification. See below for comparable certification agencies:
- Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) or SBD Program
- Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
- National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
To receive information about how to become a certified DBE, visit The Supplier Clearinghouse website or contact:
Web Site: www.thesupplierclearinghouse.com
Phone: (800) 359-7998 (8am - 5pm Pacific Time)
FAX: (888) 549-3803
Address: 10100 Pioneer Blvd, Suite 103 Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670