The EPB Purchasing Department buyers make the decision of which vendors to contact for bids or quotes based on the market and our vendor files. We encourage prospective suppliers to make an appointment and visit one of our buyers so we can become familiar with you and your company's products or services. Please bring any fact sheets or brochures that describe the products and services your company offers to your appointment.
We require prospective partners to complete an EPB Supplier Registration. We will keep this information in our files as a reference when quotes or bids are requested. We also share this information with our Minority and Women-Owned Business Development Program when appropriate. Once you are registered as a supplier, you can access your portal by clicking here.
Please watch the videos below that outline the steps to register as an EPB supplier and how to utilize your supplier portal once registered.
Purchases less than $10,000
Purchases more than $10,000
Purchases more than $50,000
Sales of surplus items may be handled by sealed bids or quotes, public auction or negotiated sale in accordance with sound business and ethical practices, and all legal requirements. Equipment that has been declared surplus such as cars and trucks will normally be sold at public auction. However, we reserve the right to dispose of surplus equipment through other means, including trade-ins on the purchase of new equipment.
If you have questions or would like to make an appointment, please contact our purchasing department.
Ken Jones, Director of Procurement & Vendor Relations
EPB Purchasing Fax Number: 423-648-3525
You may also contact purchasing by completing our online contact form.
EPB partners with vendors and suppliers from a diverse range of backgrounds to invite unique perspectives as well as to ensure that EPB effectively represents the community as a whole.
Our mission is to include all segments of our community in the company’s procurement efforts. In fact, EPB’s expenditures average between $3 million and $6 million per year with participating minority- and women-owned businesses.
If your business has at least 51% minority or woman ownership with active owner participation and annual sales less than $4 million then it is eligible for our Minority and Women Owned Business Development Program.
Ownership must meet the definition of a minority by fitting into one of these categories:
If you qualify, the first step in applying for this program is to complete the Supplier Information Form.
First you must complete a Quality Value Analysis (QVA) Supplier Questionnaire Certification Form. EPB buyers and end-users will review your completed QVA to determine the potential of your business as a supplier. Areas considered in the assessment include:
Products and services offered
If your company fully qualifies for the program then you will become eligible to bid on upcoming vendor contracts. However, if your company doesn’t quite meet the criteria but has the potential to, we will assist you in understanding how you can work to satisfy these requirements and be eligible for the program in the future.
As soon as your business qualifies for the program, an EPB representative will contact you to discuss available opportunities. In addition to being provided purchasing contacts, your company will also be included in EPB’s permanent vendor database for easy reference and referral. You will be given every opportunity to compete fairly for our business however, keep in mind that EPB looks for vendors who can provide:
EPB relies on suppliers for a wide range of products and services including:
If your company’s category of products and services isn’t listed here, please call 423-648-1434 to discuss how you may be able to work with EPB.
For more information or to get started in the Minority and Women Owned Business Development Program, call 423-648-1434. Thanks for your interest.
There are no open RFPs at this time.