How does Coke Florida define a diverse supplier?
Diverse suppliers must fall within the at least one of the following classifications and be at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled with U.S. citizen status.
- Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
- Veteran-owned Business Enterprise (VBE)
- Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
- Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, & Transgender (LGBT)
- Disabled-owned Business Enterprise (DOBE)
- Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
I am a diverse supplier, but I have not been certified. Can I still register and be considered for business opportunities with Coke Florida?
You will need to become third-party certified to register as a diverse supplier with Coke Florida. We are here to help guide you through this process. If certification assistance is needed, please reach out to email@example.com.
I am a diverse supplier interested in working with Coke Florida. How can I learn more?
We encourage certified diverse suppliers interested in doing business with Coke Florida to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a registered diverse supplier with Coke Florida, is there anything else I need to do?
No further action is required. We encourage you to follow up on a bi-annual basis directly with our Supplier Diversity department directly at email@example.com.
What if I registered with Coke Florida Supplier Diversity but have not been contacted for a procurement opportunity?
If your company has not been contacted for a potential procurement opportunity, either the opportunity has not yet occurred or a match between your company’s product/service and our procurement needs have not been identified at this time.
I have registered in the supplier database. Does this make my company a “preferred” or “approved” supplier?
No. Registration does not classify a company as a “preferred” or “approved” supplier. Registration gives us access to your company’s information. We will use the information in the database as a source of potential suppliers to consider when an appropriate opportunity arises in our sourcing process.
I am a registered diverse supplier. Does this guarantee me business with Coke Florida?
No. Being a registered and / or certified diverse supplier does not guarantee business with Coke Florida. We foster the opportunity to participate in our souring needs, but all suppliers must meet our vetting standards. No guarantee is ever granted to any supplier without going through the formal procurement, award, and contracting processes.
Does Coke Florida require its Prime suppliers to utilize specific Tier II suppliers?
Coke Florida encourages its prime suppliers to honor their commitment to diversity by actively including certified diverse suppliers as Tier II vendors in any Coke Florida projects. However, we do not dictate which company prime suppliers use as their subcontractors.
Is my business a Small Business?
The U.S. Small Business Association provides specific qualifications and registration forms. Unless your business involves commercial farming, if you have fewer than 100 employees and your total income plus your cost of goods sold is less than $7.5 million, then you qualify as a Small Business.
Is my business a Small Disadvantaged Business?
According to the SBA, Small Disadvantaged Businesses must meet the requirements for a Small Business and be 51% owned and controlled by one or more disadvantaged persons, which is a
designation for those who are socially and economically disadvantaged. For more information and to register, visit the SBA website.
Is my business a (HUB) Zone Business?
The SBA defines HUB Zones as areas that have high unemployment, low median household incomes, or both. The SBA maintains maps of HUB Zones. In addition to meeting the SBA Small Business Requirements, the principal offices of HUB Zone Businesses must be located in HUB Zones and 35% of a HUB Zone Business’ employees must reside in a HUB Zone. To apply for certification, visit the SBA website.
*** Since Supplier Diversity is always evolving, we are dedicated to periodic re-evaluation of our policy. If you believe you and your business are not represented by any of the categories listed, we would like to hear about it.