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Enterprise Holdings is confirming its commitment to its Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Certification Assistance Program that it established five years ago. 

The ACDBE Program in conjunction with the Department of Transportation (DOT) was designed to level the playing field for small businesses who want to do business at airports. The certification assistance program provides Enterprise Holdings’ diverse suppliers with a third-party consultant to guide them during the certification process. The program also aims to help with any challenges they might encounter in getting an ACDBE certification and appeals.

Lee Lewis, Supplier Diversity Manager for Enterprise Holdings said that they “developed this certification assistance program to create value for our existing diverse suppliers”, to help them “obtain new opportunities and thrive in today’s airport industry.”

The program establishes supply-side business partnerships with companies that are:  Minority-Owned, Women Business Enterprise (WBE certified), Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), Woman-Owned, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE certified), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB certified), Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), LGBT enterprises, ACDBE certified; 8(a) certified and HUBZone certified.

Since the program started, Enterprise has sent quarterly emails to at least 15,000 diverse suppliers. The company has also held several webinars to provide suppliers with a forum to ask questions.

Supporting Diverse Suppliers in Canada

Enterprise Holdings, through Lewis, was recently recognized by WEConnect International as Canadian Supplier Diversity Champion of the Year for 2018. The award honored Lewis’ and Enterprise’s commitment to supplier diversity and in developing women-owned businesses in Canada.

Gary Cunningham, Enterprise Holdings Senior Vice President said that the award celebrates the growth achieved through the “partnerships we’ve established with minority-owned, woman-owned, and other socially or economically disadvantaged small businesses.”

Lewis said that diverse suppliers provide “a unique level of agility, flexibility and innovation”, new technologies and “new ways of doing business that make a big difference for us.” Enterprise Holdings operates through its integrated global network of independent regional subsidiaries and franchises, the Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental at over 10,000 fully staffed local neighborhood and airport locations. It had 100,000 employees and owned 2 million vehicles worldwide in the fiscal year 2018.