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Diverse and Small Business Classifications

Become a Walgreens Supplier

Become a Walgreens Supplier

Walgreens encourages relationships with diverse businesses in purchasing goods and services for:

  • Store Operations
    Provide relevant or niche products that align with the unique shopping patterns of our customers on a community-specific or chain wide basis.
  • Professional Services
    Provide necessary support services, such as information technology, legal, construction, and facilities maintenance, as well as professional services that enhance Walgreens overall business operation and efficient execution.

Learn more about how to become a vendor with Walgreens on SupplierNet.

How We Define Diverse and Small Business Suppliers

A qualified vendor must be a profit enterprise physically located in the U. S. or its trust territories, operating in the U.S. or its trust territories, and owned by a U.S. citizen.

  1. Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
    Business that is at least 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by one or more ethnic minority group member or, if publicly owned, at least 51 percent of its stock is owned by one or more minority group members. A minority group member is an individual who is Asian, Black, Hispanic or Native American. The minority/ethnic owner(s) of the business must be active in management and daily business operations.
  2. Women Business Enterprise (WBE) – Business that is at least is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women.
  3. Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) – A business whose principal office is located and operated within a "historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone)" as designated and certified by the Federal Government. The business must also be owned, operated, and controlled by person(s) who are U.S. citizens and have at least 35 percent of its employee base residing within the HUBZone.
  4. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender-owned Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) – A business that is at least 51 percent owned, operated, managed, and controlled by a lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender person or persons, and that exercises independence from any non-LGBT business enterprise.
  5. Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) – A business that is at least 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by a service veteran regardless of race/ethnicity.
  6. Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) – A business that is (a) at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned, operated, managed, and controlled by individual(s) with a disability or service-disabled veteran(s) who are either U.S. citizens or lawful permanent resident; and (b) exercises independence from any other non-disability-owned business enterprise.
  7. Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Enterprise (SDVOE) – As recognized by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for the purposes of federal contracting, a service-disabled veteran-owned business must be at least 51 percent owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, or in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans. The management and daily business operations must be controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans, or in the case of a veteran with a permanent and severe disability, a spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran.
  8. Small Business Enterprise (SBE) – A business operated by a U.S. citizen, regardless of race/ethnicity background, that meets a size standard defined by the SBA. The definition will vary from industry to industry to reflect industry differences accurately. The SBA also defines and regulates programs for the Small Disadvantage Business (SDB). For more information visit www.sba.gov.

Supplier Success Story:
Vera Moore Cosmetics

Vera Moore Cosmetics

For Vera Moore Cosmetics, placement in select Walgreens and Duane Reade LOOK Boutiques represented a break-through opportunity. "As an entrepreneur, this is what you dream of," says CEO Vera Moore.

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