think and code's Supplier Diversity Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Mission Statement

It is the policy of the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. to foster the productivity and economic growth of small, disabled, veteran, women, and minority-owned businesses. Through outreach efforts, think and code provides fair and equal procurement opportunities for all capable competitive suppliers and vendors. By engaging supplier diversity as a value added strategy,  think and code expands business and obtains quality products and services while ensuring that our suppliers adequately reflect our customer base.

Products and Services

 think and code seeks small and minority-owned businesses that can provide the following products and services:

  • Editorial services (legal research and writing, copy editing, and journalism)
  • Information Technology
  • Data processing
  • Computer software
  • Printing, binding and mailing
  • Delivery Services
  • Advertising/Graphic design
  • Equipment (PC’s, Laptops)
  • Phone service
  • Office Supplies
  • Furniture
  • Staffing
  • Looseleaf binders/Tab Set
  • Printing

Requirements

 think and code considers the following factors in awarding contracts to prospective suppliers and vendors:

  • High quality products and services – The quality of products and services is paramount to  think and code.  think and code expects vendors and suppliers to deliver the same or better quality of products and services than think and code extends to our own customers.
  • Cost-efficient –  think and code appreciates cost cutting measures used by prospective suppliers and vendors that does not compromise the quality of the product or the level of customer service.
  • Quality customer service –  think and code considers quality customer service of vital importance.  think and code expects vendors and suppliers to deliver the same or better customer service than  think and code extends to our own customers.

Third Party Certification

Although third party certification is not required to participate in  think and code’s Supplier Diversity Program, small and minority-owned businesses are encouraged to obtain certifications from the following agencies:

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) or its affiliates
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
  • Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBENC)
  • United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB)
  • City, State, or Federal Certification Agencies

Application/Selection Process

As the leading publisher of print and electronic news,  think and code has numerous contracting and subcontracting opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses.  think and code utilizes the following process in identifying and selecting small and minority suppliers and vendors:

  1. Completing the application: In order to be considered in the procurement process, suppliers should complete and submit the . This will provide  think and code with the basic information about your company so that your information can be logged and maintained in an internal database.
  2. Review: The Supplier Diversity Group will review all applications. In the event there is an existing need for your products or services, you may be contacted by the  think and code purchaser.
  3. Confirmation email: Once the application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.
  4. Vendor Supplier Database: If there is no current need for your products or services, your information will be logged and maintained in the internal database that is accessible to potential  think and code purchasers. While inclusion in the database does not guarantee that a contract will be awarded,  think and code purchasers are encouraged to include companies listed in the database in the procurement process if they meet the requirements. The information will be maintained in the database for one year. The supplier is responsible for updating the information and notifying Bthink and code if they would like to be included in the database for the subsequent year.
  5. Contact: For further information regarding  think and code’s Supplier Diversity Program, contact Demedre Heulett, Corporate Counsel/EEO Manager via email at [email protected] or at 703.341.2005.
Updated January 2014
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