About the Utah Supplier Development Council (USDC)

The Utah Supplier Development Council (USDC) welcomes you as a participant in the effort to fairly include Small, Disadvantaged, Women-Owned, HUBZone, and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business concerns in the economic activities of this community.

The USDC was organized in 1981 with Deseret Medical (now Becton-Dickinson), Thiokol, Hercules (now Alliant Tech) and Western Electric (now part of the U.S. West companies) and the University of Utah as founders and incorporators. This group quickly grew to 13 Charter Member companies.

Originally established to fully develop Small Disadvantaged, Hub-Zone, Veteran and Woman-owned Business Enterprises as suppliers to large businesses, the USDC now promotes it's current mission utilizing specific activities:

  • Developing company policies that are widely and visibly supported by top management.
  • Sponsoring Trade Fairs
  • Continual identification of Utah's Small, Disadvantaged, Women-Owned, HUBZone, and Veteran-Owned Businesses
  • Maintaining a listing of these organizations
  • Supporting Trade Fairs
  • Making Site visits to small firms
  • Making training available to increase management skills in small firms
  • Training buyers and other large business personnel
  • Sensitizing the community to the worth of Utah's Small, Disadvantaged, Women-Owned, Hubzone, and Veteran-Owned Businesses
  • Encouraging maximum participation by Large firms in Small Business Programs
  • Informing Small Business of the requirements and needs of Large firms and Government entities
  • Interface between Councils, Chambers of Commerce, ISM, community and political leaders, etc.

Overview Of The Organization

The council is the only purchasing group in the state dedicated to providing large companies and Government entities the maximum practical exposure and opportunity for the purchase of goods and services from Utah's Small, Disadvantaged, Women-Owned, HUBZone, and Service Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses.

The council is funded by dues and donations in-kind from its members. There are several types of membership available in USDC. Large companies, state and local Government entities are Major Members of USDC, paying the largest dues, donating in-kind and having voting privileges on the council. Federal Government agencies are prevented by law from being dues paying members of this type of organization, but can be Affiliated Members of USDC. Small business concerns are encouraged to join as Associate Members for a nominal membership fee.

The Council is a volunteer organization with no paid staff or central office location. Officers and Directors are elected by the Membership and effect the day-to-day operations of the corporation as well as all other corporation activities. This is done with the generous and able representation of small firms to the council through the Associate In-Put Committee.

USDC business is accomplished through regular monthly business meetings held by the Board. The Associate Member meeting is a luncheon meeting held 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, usually on the third Thursday of every month. Check the USDC Calendar for current times, dates and locations for these meetings. Each Large business member company is encouraged to actively participate on the committees, as officers and/or as board members in order to accomplish the required tasks. Since USDC has no paid staff, participation is necessary to keep the council in place and active.