Michelle Word

Michelle Word
Supplier Diversity Manager
Email Michelle
P: 816-822-3084
F: 816-822-3412

Recognizing the Value of All Contributors

We know the value that a small business can contribute to our projects because we started out small, too. We need the talent that a diverse supplier base offers to be certain that Burns & McDonnell is prepared to provide our clients with the finest design, construction and consulting solutions that any project demands. If your firm's qualifications can support our engineering, architecture and design-build efforts, we want to learn more about you. You may discover that Burns & McDonnell can offer great opportunities that will help your small business thrive.

Small Business Classifications

Size standards are used to determine whether a business is small. Size standards vary depending upon the industry. To determine the size standards that might apply to your business, visit this website. To find out more about these requirements and other size standard information, review this information.

  • Small: Not dominant in the field of operation in which it is bidding; independently owned and operated; organized for profit; located in the U.S.; operated primarily within the United States or making a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor; qualifies as a small business under criteria and size standards in 13 CFT Part 121.1 Seq.
  • Small Woman-Owned: A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more women; if publicly held, at least 51 percent of stock is owned by one or more women; management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.
  • 8(a): The 8(a) Business Development Program assists eligible socially and economically disadvantaged individuals to develop and grow their business. Businesses that have been in existence for at least two years may be eligible for the nine-year program that includes counseling, training and potential federal procurement opportunities. To see if you qualify for the 8(a) program, review this webpage.
  • Small Disadvantaged: A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged. Firms approved for the 8(a) Program are automatically certified as Small Disadvantaged Businesses.
  • Small Veteran-Owned: Must be at least 51 percent owned by one or more veterans (as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2)); if publicly owned, not less than 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more veterans; management and daily operations are controlled by one or more veterans.
  • Small Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned: Must be unconditionally owned and controlled by a Service-Disabled Veteran (SDV). The SDV must have a service-connected disability that has been determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense.
  • HUBZone Certified Small Business: Included in the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997; located in a qualified Census tract (1986 IRS code) or a qualified "non-metropolitan county"; that is, not located in a metropolitan statistical area; the median household income is less than 80 percent of the state's median household income or has an unemployment rate that is not less than 140 percent the statewide average or is within the external boundaries of an Indian reservation; owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens; at least 35 percent of its employees reside in a HUBZone; be a small business.
  • Minority-Owned: Must be at least 51 percent owned by a minority individual who may be African-American, Hispanic, Native American including Eskimos, those of Hawaiian descent, Indian, or of Asian Pacific origin; if publicly owned, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more minority individual; management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more minority individuals.
  • Woman-Owned: At least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more women; if publicly held, at least 51 percent of stock is owned by one or more women; management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.
  • Historically Black College or University: An institution determined by the Secretary of Education to meet the requirements of 34 CFR 608.2. For the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Coast Guard, the term also includes any nonprofit research institution that was an integral part of such a college or university before Nov. 14, 1986.
  • Minority Institution: An institution of higher education meeting the requirements of Section 1046(3) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1135d-5(3)) which, for the purposes of this clause includes a Hispanic-serving institution of higher education as defined in Section 316(b)(1) of the act (20 U.S.C.1059c(b)(1).