Become an SDD Supplier

Lilly requires that a business be certified as a diverse business. Below are the various certifications Lilly accepts. We prefer to utilize the expertise of third-party certifying organizations, so our staff can focus on maximizing opportunities for diverse businesses. Once certification status is verified and certification(s) is received, provide the information to Lilly’s supplier database through the supplier information form on the Lilly Supplier Portal website. Certification does not guarantee a contract with Lilly.

Business owners will find that the fees for certification are nominal, with some organizations providing the services free of charge. The preferred certifying agency depends upon the type of certification. Lilly tracks the following categories and prefers the certifications defined in the supplier information form:

  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) – NMSDC affiliated, City of Indianapolis, State of Indiana
  • Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) – WBENC, NWBOC or equivalent preferred
  • Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (VBE) – self certification
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) – National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Certification (NGLCC) required
  • Small Business (SB) as defined by the SBA – self certification
  • Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) as defined by the SBA – self certification
  • Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) as defined by the SBA – SBA 8 (a) certification
  • Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) as defined by the SBA – self certification/VA registration
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SD-VOSB) as defined by the SBA – self certification/VA registration
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone Business (HUB Zone) as defined by the SBA – SBA HUBZone certification
  • HBCU/MI – Historically Black Colleges and Universities or Minority Institutions as defined by the SBA