Committed to Small and Diverse Business Partners

VHB’s small and diverse business partners help to drive innovation, deliver value to clients, and contribute to local economic growth.

VHB welcomes opportunities to partner with small and diverse businesses and we continuously work to meet our goals as we serve our clients. We seek the maximum participation when working alongside partner firms, knowing that their involvement drives innovation, delivers value to our clients, and contributes to local economic growth. Based on a project’s scope and tasks, we craft meaningful roles for each of our partners, while also seeking opportunities for additional mentorship and support.

There are strong workforce demands and need for a robust network of small and diverse businesses in the AEC industry. VHB partners with such firms across our footprint to help them grow their businesses by forming relationships with new agencies and municipalities, and offering meaningful roles on projects that are focused on growing and promoting their service offerings to the clients and communities that we collectively serve. VHB engages in direct outreach to business partners by attending meet and greets and industry outreach events, and by encouraging team member involvement in professional industry organizations, to name just a few.

To further support opportunities for business partners, VHB’s DEI & Compliance Manager supports advancing and monitoring VHB’s supplier diversity initiatives. As a result, VHB has implemented a supplier registration portal for vetting, onboarding, managing data, tracking, reporting, and identifying new diverse suppliers for partnering opportunities. This portal helps us identify potential teaming partners that may be small, disadvantaged, woman-owned, minority-owned, veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned, LGBT+-owned, and HUBZone businesses.

VHB Title VI Statement

VHB ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, please contact Elizabeth, DEI & Compliance Manager, at 617-607-2635.

Partner Testimonials

SMK’s successful partnership with VHB began with our involvement in the MBTA’s South Coast Rail Program. VHB proactively engaged our team members to provide valuable service offerings to the program, while at the same time, creating opportunity for our firm’s growth. I look forward to continuing our partnership with VHB as we expand SMK to better serve the needs of our clients, including the MBTA. VHB was the catalyst for launching SMK Services into the owner’s side of the consulting world, helping us gain the exposure we needed to grow our business.

—Seta Kalaijian, President SMK Services Inc.

VHB has been instrumental in Triunity’s success. The success of any business—small or large—is dependent on experience and relationships. The experience we had; the relationships we did not. VHB first included us as a partner providing electrical support for the RLOL Signal System DB and MBTA Red Line Signal Room power projects.  What better way to get reintroduced to MBTA than on an existing contract with a partner who has the relationships and is highly thought of.  VHB has further shown their commitment to our DBE firm by including us on a variety of opportunities across MA and RI. Triunity has been in the transportation business for more than 18 years and has had many partners. I can honestly say none of them have been as supportive and inclusive as VHB.

—Marvin Thomas, CEO Triunity, Inc.

As a new DBE/WBE certified business obtaining work and meeting payroll can be quite the challenge.  VHB has been a true champion and support to RND and is a big reason why we are so successful in two short years.

—Janice M. Bergeron, President RND Consultants, Inc.