The NBA is committed to economic inclusion by identifying minority-owned, women-owned, LGBT-owned, veteran-owned and other diverse businesses among the suppliers with whom we work. We partner with certifying agencies such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) to help expand our reach.
The league’s largest and longest-tenured effort in this area is the NBA All-Star Supplier Diversity Program, which began in 2001. The mission of the NBA All-Star Supplier Diversity Program is to create opportunities for local diverse businesses to participate in NBA All-Star as suppliers of required goods and services. In conjunction with local community groups and certifying agencies, the NBA invites a range of diverse business enterprises to apply for the program. Accepted and approved applications are then included in a registry that is made available to the NBA’s internal business units and partners, which is the central source for the NBA and its partners in seeking locally supplied goods and services.