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Martin Mayorga, Mayorga Organics

Paula Torres, Nobleza Tequila


Mission Statement

In order to represent a diverse supplier base, Costco is committed to providing opportunities for qualified local minority-owned and women-owned suppliers in the communities where we do business, when possible.

Minority and Women-Owned Businesses are Important to Costco

Diversity in our supplier base is important to Costco. Minority-owned and women-owned businesses often help us explore new ideas and maintain a fresh approach to our business, while positively affecting the economic development of the communities where we do business.


Qualifications for Applying to the Costco Supplier Diversity Program

Three qualifications must be met in order for an application to be considered. If not, the application will not be reviewed.

1. Owner Must Qualify as a Minority, or Business Must Be Woman-Owned

  1. A. Definition of Minority-Owned Business: A minority-owned business is a proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or joint venture that is at least 51% owned and controlled by United States citizens who are members of the following racial groups:
    • African American: A U.S. citizen having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa
    • Asian Indian: A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan, or Bangladesh
    • Asian Pacific: A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, Korea, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific, or the Northern Marianas
    • Hispanic: A U.S. citizen of trueborn Hispanic heritage, from any Spanish-speaking areas of Latin America or the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America, or the Caribbean Basin
    • Native Americans: A U.S. citizen who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut, or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans (with the exception of Native Hawaiians) must be documented members of a North American tribe, band, or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the continental United States and can be provided through a National American Blood Degree Certificate (e.g., tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number)
  2. B. Definition of a Woman-Owned Business: A certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) is owned, operated, and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens. Ownership is defined as the owner of record having control of at least 51% of the company’s voting shares and controls the day-to-day operations.

2. Must Be Registered with a Minority or Women-Owned Agency

  • A Minority-Owned business must be officially registered with the local Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC), Small Business Administration (SBA), or a government or public agency that certifies minority businesses, complete with agency name, registration number, and expiration date.
  • A Women-Owned business must be registered with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and/or an affiliated Regional Partner Organization (RPO) complete with the agency name, registration number, and expiration date.

3. Businesses Cannot Fall Into One of These Categories

  • IT Services/Telecommunications/Connectivity
  • Consulting
  • Market Research
  • Logistics
  • Printing Services
  • Event Planning
  • Background Screening
  • Construction/Roofing/Painting
  • Training
  • Books
  • Please do not apply if you or your company does not meet the above qualifications as we cannot process your request.
  • Note: Completing the application does not guarantee a business partnership with Costco Wholesale.
  • Click on the link below to complete the application.