FAQ & Resources

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The first step in becoming a potential supplier to GM is to enter your company's information into the Supplier Registration Portal.

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  • Your business must be a certified diverse supplier by one of the following certifying organizations:
    • - National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) or a regional affiliate
    • - Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) (Canada)
    • - Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) (USA) or a regional affiliate WBE Canada (Canada)
    • - National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) or a regional chamber
    • - National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC)
  • Regardless of size, your company must physically be located within the United States or Canada.
  • The business must be 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a minority, woman, LGBT person, or veteran with U.S. Citizenship or Legal Resident Alien Status.
  • Your certification must be valid per the criteria set for by the certifying body listed above.

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Our registration was designed by our Supplier Diversity team in conjunction with members of Purchasing. The form provides all of the necessary information in order to determine if there may be a matching opportunity for your company. While your firm may have a capable skillset, there may be contractual obligations, sourcing strategies, etc. that may postpone bidding opportunities at the current time.

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Completed registrations are downloaded bi-weekly and forwarded to the applicable function, depending on the product or service of the supplier. The supplier will receive a response on whether there is a need for the product or service within 45 days.

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Please allow at least 45 days from the time the registration is downloaded for your company's information to reach the appropriate buyer and receive their feedback.

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We make every effort to respond to all inquiries. It is extremely important to include an email address in your initial registration. If one is not included, please send an e-mail to supplierdiversity@gm.com as a follow-up.

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The GM Supplier Diversity Program recognizes certified U.S. and Canadian diverse suppliers (U.S. or Canadian: Black, Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Hispanic, Native American, and Canadian Aboriginals), women-owned (minority and non-minority), LGBT Enterprises, Veteran, and small business firms.

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Have a solid business plan that demonstrates how your product or service will meet all requirements and deliverables set forth by GM. The supplier must have the ability to deliver on-time with exceptional quality.

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Only send information that the buyer requests – including certifications, recommendation letters, and other documents.

  • Large e-mails will often be blocked by the GM firewall, so please save your large presentations as PDF, with a minimal number of photos.
  • Always include a link to your website, your mobile phone number, and e-mail address in every correspondence.
  • Rather than leave voice or e-mail messages every day, please be patient. Buyers are extremely busy.
  • Be patient, persistent, and professional with your follow-up communications.

Download the resources from below to learn more about our program.

GM Supplier Diversity Business Case
GM Supplier Diversity Supplier Engagement