Small disadvantaged business

A small disadvantaged business is a small business concern (a) which is at least 51 percent owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, or in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of that business’ stock is owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals; and (b) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.

Woman-owned small business

A woman-owned small business is a small business concern (a) which is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women, or in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of that business’ stock is owned by one or more women; and (b) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.

Veteran-owned small business

A Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) is a business (a) which is not less than 51 percent owned by one or more 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 veterans; and (b) the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more veterans. The term "veteran" has the meaning defined in 38 U.S.C. 101.

Disabled veteran-owned small business

  A Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (DVOSB) is a business (a) which is not less than 51 percent owned by one or more 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 disabled veterans; and (b) the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more disabled veterans. The term "veteran" has the meaning defined in 38 U.S.C. 101.

Historically underutilized business zone small business concern

This program is based on the geographical area where your business is located and where 35 percent of your employees reside. The company must be small, located in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizen(s) and at least 35 percent of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.

Minority business enterprise

A Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) is a U.S.-based business concern (a) which is at least 51 percent owned by minorities, or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of that business’ stock is owned by one or more minorities; and (b) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the minority individuals who own it. Minority persons include African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Pacific Americans, Asian-Indian Americans and Native Americans. Woman Business Enterprise A Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) is a U.S.-based business concern (a) which is at least 51 percent owned by women, or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of that business’ stock is owned by one or more women; and (b) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the women who own it.

Notice: In accordance with U.S.C. 645(d), any person who misrepresents a firm’s proper size classification shall (1) be punishable by imposition of a fine, imprisonment, or both, (2) be subject to administrative remedies and (3) be ineligible for participation in programs conducted under the authority of the Small Business Act.

Supplier diversity affiliations

Ciena participates with the following diversity organizations in support of growth and development of small, minority and women-owned suppliers:

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) 
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) 
  • Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) 
  • WeConnect International

“We believe that supplier diversity drives greater innovation, affording both Ciena and our customers significant competitive advantage in the market. We are committed to driving our diversity agenda and fostering a culture of inclusion to continue pushing the envelope of our technology development and go-to-market activities as well supporting the communities in which we operate.”

- Gary Smith, CEO