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Lowe's Supplier Diversity


Our Supplier Diversity practice gives small businesses, and companies owned and operated by women,
minorities, veterans and people with disabilities equal footing to work with us while developing their own

For the better part of a century, we’ve served customers by doing much more than selling products; we help
individuals and communities achieve their dreams. Through our work in Supplier Diversity, we help small and
diverse businesses reach their goals while enabling us to offer the products and services our customers need.

Lowe’s sources suppliers that best match our needs, regardless of their business size or classification.
Through relationships with diverse suppliers, we can offer a broader assortment of products at prices customers
can afford, all while supporting small and diverse enterprises and strengthening the economic health of the
communities we serve. 


Supplier Stories

Kari Warberg Block developed Stay Away Botanical Rodent Repellent
as a solution for her family farm. Made from essential oils and plant fibers,
Stay Away is a natural alternative to other pest prevention products.

These beautiful hammocks are hand-woven in Yucatan, Mexico using traditional Mayan patterns. Headquartered in the U.S., Hammock
Boutique's cooperative provides income opportunities to indigenous
Mayan families in extremely poor areas.


Become a Prospective Supplier

We welcome you to register with our Prospective Supplier Database. This registration process is relevant for all businesses regardless of size or diversity classification. As sourcing opportunities arise, we'll assess the database for suppliers that align with our business needs. If your business looks like a fit, we'll reach out to you. 


Make Sure You Qualify

Small Business Qualifications

To qualify as a Small Business, the company must be:

•  Owned by a U.S. citizen or U.S. Resident Alien
•  A profit enterprise headquartered in the U.S. or its trust
•  A "Small Business" as defined by the Small Business

Diverse Business Qualifications

To qualify as a Woman-, Minority-, Veteran- or
Disability-Owned Business Enterprise, the company must be:

•  Owned by a U.S. citizen or U.S. Resident Alien
•  A profit enterprise headquartered in the U.S. or its trust territories
•  At least 51% owned, controlled and operated by one or more women,
   minorities, veterans or disabled persons
•  Currently certified by an accredited certification agency
   (examples listed in the grey box)


What's a "Small Business"?

Lowe's defers to the definition of a "small business" as defined by the Small Business Association.

See www.sba.gov/size for details. 

What's a "Diverse Business"?

A Diverse Business may be one of the following: 

•  Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

•  Women Business Enterprise (WBE)

•  Historically Underutilized Business (HUB zones)

•  Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE)

•  Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)

•  8(a) Certified

•  Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)

•  Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)


So You Know...

These are the steps for getting added to our Prospective Supplier Database.

This is not an application to become a Lowe’s vendor, so you will not 
receive a vendor number upon registration. If your business is selected, 
there will be another process for becoming a Lowe's vendor.

Registration is not a trigger for automatic inclusion in a Product Line 
Review or Request for Proposal (RFP) process.



Make sure you have all the information you need to register.


General Company Information

   •     Company Name
   •     Former Company Name(s) Used
   •     Internet Address
   •     Federal Tax ID
   •     Dun and Bradstreet Number
   •     Parent Company Name
   •     Parent Company Federal Tax ID
   •     Executive Contact Information
   •     Primary Contact Information


Business / Financial Information

   •     Business Size
   •     Year Established
   •     Gross Annual Sales for the last 3 years
   •     Number of Employees
   •     Legal Structure


Diverse Company Information

   •     Ethnicity
   •     Gender
   •     Diversity Category Certification Details
   •     % of Minority and Women Ownership

Product / Services Information
(including specific commodities)

   •     NAICS and SIC Codes
   •     Product / Service Description
   •     Geographical Service Area


Advice for Prospective Suppliers

Each of our buyers receives thousands of proposals each year, so it’s important to differentiate your business from competitors in your market.
Take time to research Lowe’s to ensure you’re offering solutions specific to our business needs.


Complete the Registration Form

Once you have all your information ready, complete the form.

Note to Independent Contractors:
This is supplier registration ONLY. To begin the Independent
Contractor application process, visit LowesInstaller.com

It's best to complete this form on your tablet or desktop computer.


Email Supporting Documentation

Please email your Diversity Certifications, along with any other documentation showcasing your company's offerings and capabilities,
to supplierdiversity@lowes.com


Understand Our Process

If, upon review, Lowe's has an interest in your product or service, we'll contact you for more information. Otherwise, your registration will remain active in our database for future evaluation. We monitor merchant and buyer activity to gain awareness of areas your program could impact. 

Lowe's evaluates prospective suppliers in accordance with the respective processes of our two purchasing categories. 


Merchandising is the purchase of product for retail sales.
Lowe’s generally conducts Product Line Reviews on an
annual or semi-annual basis. 

Enterprise Strategic Sourcing

Sourcing is the purchase of product and services for internal use.
Lowe’s reviews agreements as expiration dates approach on our
two- and three-year contracts. 


The Lowe’s-Vendor Relationship

If your company is selected from the Prospective Supplier Database and you choose to continue the process of becoming a Lowe's Vendor, here are some things you can expect as we form a partnership.

Lowe’s Commitment to Vendors

Lowe's is committed to enhancing the economic growth
of its diverse and small business suppliers. Our Supplier
Diversity Team will be your liaison and guide as we work
toward a mutually beneficial partnership.

Lowe’s Expectations of Vendors

•     The ability to sign a legally binding contract with Lowe’s
•     Adequate capital or the ability to raise adequate capital
       to properly fulfill Lowe’s requirements
•     Proper levels of insurance to conduct business with
•     Electronic communication of business documents
       between your company and Lowe’s
•     Additional vendor requirements apply