For USF Departments

Benefits of Supplier Diversity

Benefits of Using Diverse Suppliers

  • Proactive business strategy that provides all suppliers equal access to sourcing and purchasing opportunities
  • Affords USF access to vendors who are proving they can provide better pricing, products and service offerings than larger competitors in some cases. 
  • Helps USF's supply chain better reflect the demographics of its community.
  • Creates a platform for economic growth and development.
  • Improved customer satisfaction, especially at the departmental level.
  • More options and flexibility within the supply chain by working with diverse suppliers.
  • Through a diverse culture we can draw upon relevant features of individual backgrounds and better serve our students and  constituents.

How You Can Help

Remember you matter and every purchase you make whether it's $1 or $1 million impacts our community directly. With your help, we can contribute to the economic growth and development for our families and communities right here in the Tampa Bay Region.

Consider using a diverse vendor for your department's or college's purchasing needs. Visit our Find a Vendor page for a list of OSD's preferred vendors that offer services and/or goods in a variety of areas. This list will be regularly updated, so please check back often. If you don't find a vendor on the list that offers the specific service or goods you require, send us an email at and we will try to find a vendor that matches your needs.