Your Supplier Network

Your Supplier Network is an educational and networking based approach to preparing small to mid-sized businesses and minority, women, service-disabled veteran and other disadvantaged businesses, also known as Diverse Business Enterprises (DBEs) to pursue bids and acquire contracts with large companies and government agencies and non-profits.

Why should your company become engaged with Your Supplier Network?

  • Ongoing exposure with regional procurement executives at networking sessions
  • Exclusive networking invitations to continue cultivating new business relationships
  • Workshops addressing topics such as certification options, developing a company profile, crafting a capacity statement, negotiating skills and cold-calling techniques
  • Inclusion in the Your Supplier Network database of certified DBEs, accessible to supporting corporations, other vendors seeking partners for joint ventures, Chamber member companies and the public
  • Special certification badges published on your member listing upon joining the Chamber and presenting proof of certification
  • Opportunity to present a personal “pitch” to procurement officers about your product or service

Procurement Professionals Luncheons

Regular educational and networking luncheons provide area purchasing officials, human resource managers and business executives the opportunity to learn from each other and key topic leaders about best practices in reaching supplier diversity and HR goals.

Procurement Pipelines

We offer assistance to diverse firms in connecting to contractor, supplier and professional service opportunities with local, state and federal agencies and procurement officials at major firms. We assist diverse businesses in:

  • Applying for DBE certifications to increase their ability to qualify for procurement contracts
  • Establishing connections to procurement opportunities and purchasing agents
  • Building capacity to scale services for larger contracts
  • Locating bid solicitations

DBE Certified Business Directory

We are committed to building the capacity of diverse firms, in an effort to institutionalize economic inclusion in the Chattanooga area. Our new Diverse Business Enterprise (DBE) Directory identifies area firms and those seeking to expand to Chattanooga that have local, state, federal and third-party DBE certifications. To list your firm on the Chamber’s webpage, you must submit a copy of a current certification from a recognized certifying agency. The directory makes it easier for local employers to identify eligible DBEs*.

* For definitions of eligible DBEs, please see these certifying agencies:

Tennessee Department of Transportation – http://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/small-business

Tennessee Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (GoDBE) – www.tn.gov/generalservices/topic/governors-office-of-diversity-business-enterprise-godbe

TriState Minority Supplier Development Council – tsmsdc.com

U.S. Small Business Administration – www.sba.gov/contracting/government-contracting-programs    

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council – http://wbecsouth.org/about-wbe-certification-2/