Supplier Diversity

Overview

At National Instruments, we are committed to fostering an environment of continuous improvement and innovation within our supply base. As part of that commitment, we recognize the importance and value a diverse supply base can provide to our overall supply chain. As such, we welcome potential suppliers, including U.S.-based small businesses classified in one or more of the following categories: Veteran-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran, Women-Owned, Small Disadvantaged, and HUB Zone.

Our supplier diversity program focuses on an optimization of competitive total cost, quality, delivery and overall service, while assisting historically under-utilized businesses.

Introduce Your Company to National Instruments

If you are a small diverse company interested in doing business with National Instruments, we suggest the following steps to introduce your company to us.

  • Enter your company profile into the U.S. Government's System for Award Management (SAM) database. SAM incorporates the former CCR and PRO-Net, the Small Business Administration's (SBA's) online database of small, small disadvantaged and woman-owned, Hub Zone, and veteran-owned businesses wanting to do business with the federal government or its prime contractors.
  • Send an e-mail to sdb.program@ni.com and state the following in your e-mail:
    • Company name
    • Company address
    • Contact name
    • Contact phone number
    • Contact e-mail
    • Services/products provided
    • Primary NAICS code(s)
    • Small business classification(s)
  • Attach applicable certifications

The National Instruments small business liaison officer reviews your e-mail and, if appropriate, forwards your information to the appropriate procurement representative for consideration against any upcoming business opportunities. A National Instruments representative contacts you if it is determined, based on information you provide, that your company can supply products or services required by National Instruments.

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Supplier Diversity Classifications

Industry Terms, Certifications, and Ownership Classifications

Small Business Concern

The term "small business" shall mean a business as defined pursuant to Section 3 of the Small Business Act and relevant regulations issued pursuant thereto. Generally, this means a small business organized for profit, which is independently owned and operated, is not dominant in the field of operations in which it is bidding, and meets the size standards as prescribed in government regulations.

Large Business Concern

A business concern that exceeds the small business size code standards established by the SBA as set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 13, Part 121.

Foreign Business

A business concern organized under the law of a country other than the United States, its territories, or possessions and is not incorporated in the United States.

Nonprofit Organization

Any organization not conducted or maintained for the purpose of making profit. Included in this category are sheltered workshops; universities; colleges; and local, state, and federal governments; NISH (Creating Employment Opportunities for People with Severe Disabilities); and NIB (National Industries for the Blind).

Historically Black College and University or Minority Institution (HBCU/MI)

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions that were established before 1964; have a principal mission that was, and is, the education of black Americans; and that meet the requirements set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 34, Part 608. Minority institutions (MIs) substantially increase the higher education opportunities for minority and/or low income student education and meet the requirements set forth in Title 34 of the CFR, Part 607.2.

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Ownership Classifications

SBA-Certified Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns (SDB)

A business certified by the SBA as a socially and economically small disadvantaged business. SBA-certified SDBs include all SBA-8(a)-certified SDBs (see below). SDBs must provide a copy of their certification letters from the SBA or a copy of their SAM profiles showing SDB certification to their National Instruments Procurement representatives.

SBA-8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns (SDB)

A business certified by the SBA as a socially and economically small disadvantaged business for consideration of government set-aside contracting opportunities and business development. SDB-8(a) businesses must include copies of their certification letters from the SBA or copies of their SAM profiles showing SDB certification to their National Instruments Procurement representatives.

HUB Zone Small Business Concerns

A business concern located in a "historically underutilized business zone," owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens, and at least 35 percent of its employees must reside in a HUB Zone. It must appear on the list of Qualified HUB Zone Small Business Concerns maintained by the SBA.

Women-Owned Small Business Concerns (WOSB)

A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women, or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more women, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.

Veteran (V)

A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable as defined in title 38 of the U.S.C., section 101 (2).

Service-Disabled Veteran (SDV)

A veteran with a "service connected" disability, which means a disability that was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service as defined in Title 38, of the U.S.C., section 101 (16).

Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (VOSB)

A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more veterans, or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more veterans, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more veterans.

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (SDVOSB)

A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans or a permanent caregiver of a service-disabled veteran with permanent and severe disability.

More information is available for service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns.

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