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Certifications for Small Businesses (SBs) and Small Diverse Businesses (SDBs)

HPP works with Pennsylvania-certified Small Businesses (SBs) and Small Diverse Businesses (SDBs). We feel so strongly about diverse business partnerships that we have exceeded our original commitment, working with SBs and SDBs at a level of more than 185 percent above our original promise. But we want to do more. That’s where you can help.

Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion & Small Business Opportunities verifies businesses that self-certify as SBs and SDBs. In order to self-certify, the SB must meet these requirements:

  • Be a for-profit, United States business
  • Be independently owned
  • May not be dominant in its field of operations
  • May not employ more than 100 full-time equivalent employees
  • May not exceed, by business type, the following three-year average gross sales:
      • $7 million – building design services
      • $20 million – procurement goods, procurement services, construction goods and services
      • $25 million – information technology goods and services

A certified SB can go a step further and choose to be verified as an SDB. To qualify as an SDB, an SB must be one of the following:

  • Verified minority-owned
  • Woman-owned
  • Veteran-owned
  • Service-disabled veteran owned
  • Disability-owned
  • LGBT Business Enterprise 

Being certified as an SB or SDB can make businesses more easily identifiable to organizations seeking diverse partnerships. As a result, becoming certified as an SB or SDB presents a business benefit while helping grow local economies.

HPP is one of many Pennsylvania companies who have committed to working with SBs or SDBs. The range of products and services utilized with our SB and SDB relationships span from administrative services to commodities to medical services… there is an opportunity for nearly everyone.

But the first step toward building these mutually beneficial relationships is certification. So if you believe you qualify as an SB or SDB or you know of an eligible business that may not yet be certified, we can walk you through the certification process. This may help you and other businesses to build fruitful relationships with HPP and other Pennsylvania businesses.

And if you are already certified or you know of an SB or SDB that is already certified, help HPP start a partnership! Go to our Commitment to Small and Diverse Businesses web page for more information or email us at

We look forward to continuing to grow the number and range of partners in the HPP family.