Supplier Diversity Program

We offer a certification program for all small, TN service-disabled veteran, minority and women-owned companies doing business with NES. 

Small Business

Your company must be independently owned and operated, and average annual sales cannot exceed $6,000,000 in the past three years. You must provide copies of the first page of income tax returns for the most recent three year period or a notarized letter from a CPA stating the three-year average for the company’s gross sales is under $6 million.

 

TN Service-Disabled Veteran

Your business must be at least 51 percent owned by a person residing in Tennessee, who served honorably on active duty in the armed forces of the United States with at least a 20 percent disability that is service-connected, meaning the disability was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in the active military, naval or air service.

 

Minority and Woman-owned Certification

Your business must be owned by - or a majority of the individual owners are - a member of minority groups and/or a woman. You must provide to NES a certificate of approval from one of the following certifying agencies.

  • Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (Go-DBE)
  • National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC), including regional affiliate councils
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)
  • Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA)
  • Metro Transit Authority (MTA)
  • City, state and federal government certification agencies

NES reserves the right to refuse any certificate or request additional information prior to approval.

A signed and notarized Supplier Diversity Program Affidavit is required. Affidavits with ink-stamped notary seals may be faxed to 615-747-3881. Affidavits with embossed seals must be mailed to NES Procurement Department, 1214 Church Street, Room 305, Nashville, TN 37246.