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Small Business Subcontracting Policy Statement

Black Box Corporation (“Black Box”) subscribes to the policy of the United States Government that small business concerns, including woman-owned small business concerns, small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, veteran-owned small business concerns, service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns, and HUBZone small business concerns, shall have the opportunity to participate in contracts by providing its services and/or supplies to Black Box. Black Box shall endeavor to carry out this policy.

The Small Business Program that has been developed by Black Box is aimed at achieving subcontract goals and includes the following initiatives as appropriate:
1. Assure that Black Box’s Small Business Subcontracting Program is publicized.
2. Communicate with Black Box personnel as necessary in order to increase awareness of Black Box’s policy and commitment.
3. Provide information concerning the program and policy guidelines to both internal and external parties.
4. Ensure that requests for contracts are designed to permit the maximum practicable participation of Small Business Concerns where appropriate.
5. Identify Small Business Concerns and coordinate inquiries from them about Black Box opportunities.
6. Assist Small Business Concerns to competitively conduct business with Black Box.
7. Monitor Black Box’s Small Business Subcontracting Program performance and make adjustments necessary to assist in achieving subcontract plan goals.
8. Prepare, execute and submit reports in such form as the Government shall prescribe including forms SF294 and SF295.
9. Demonstrate compliance with the program by maintaining reports and records reflecting Black Box’s efforts including:
— Records of outreach efforts
— Records of organizations contacted to identify Small Business Concerns
— Records of source lists, guides, and other data utilized to identify Small Business Concerns
— Records substantiating internal educational activities to encourage buyers and other responsible individuals to seek out and utilize Small Business Concerns when appropriate
— Reports reflecting Black Box’s purchases of products and services from Small Business Concerns
— Records to support data submitted on the standard forms

As used in this policy, the term “small business concern” shall mean a small business as defined pursuant to Section 3 of the Small Business Act and relevant regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.

“Women-owned small business concern” means a small business concern:

1. That is at least 51% owned by one or more women; or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more woman, and:
2. Whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.

“Small business concern owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals” means a small business concern that represents, as part of its offer, that it is a small business under the size standard applicable to the acquisition and has received certification by the Small Business Administration as a small disadvantaged business concern consistent with 13 CFR part 124, subpart B.

“Veteran-owned small business concern” means a small business concern:

1. Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more veterans (as defined at 38 U.S.C. 101(2)) or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more veterans; and
2. The management and daily business operations, which are controlled by one or more veterans.

“Service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern” means a small business concern:

1. Not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans; and
2. The management and daily business operations, which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans or in the case of a veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran. Service-disabled veteran means a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101 (2), with a disability that is service-connected, as defined in 39 U.S.C 101(16).

“HUBZone small business concern” means a small business concern that appears on the List of Qualified HUBZone Small Business Concerns maintained by the SBA.

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