How to sell goods and services to EPB

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 invite prospective suppliers to complete an EPB Supplier Questionnaire. 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.  Click here to download the Supplier Qualification Form (If you experience any issues, right click and save as then open the PDF using Adobe Reader).  Please fax your completed form to (423) 648-3525 or mail it to: Please email your completed form to Purchasing@epb.net,  fax to (423) 648-3525, or mail to:

EPB Purchasing
P.O. Box 182255
Chattanooga, TN 37422

The process we use to make purchases:

Purchases less than $10,000

  • We handle quotes for these purchases by phone or written request depending on time constraints and the complexity of the item to be purchased.

Purchases more than $10,000

  • We handle quotes for these purchases by a written request and will include a specific date all quotes must be returned. Normally quotes may be mailed, faxed or hand delivered. In many cases, emailed quotes are acceptable.

Purchases more than $50,000

  • We handle quotes for purchases more than $50,000 by a written request and will also include a date and time all quotes must be returned. Late quotes will generally not be accepted and will be returned unopened.
  • We reserve the right to reject all quotes and to negotiate with bidders. All quotes must be returned to the Purchasing Department office in a sealed envelope identified with EPB's bid reference number and may be mailed or hand-delivered.
  • Often times we will specify the product or brands that are acceptable to us. Generally, a substitution for the product or brand(s) specified is not acceptable unless approved in advance. You may submit product literature and/or a sample for evaluation. We will advise you if your product is approved for future purchase consideration.

Investment recovery and surplus sales

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.

Mr. Ketha Richardson, Manager

Phone: (423) 648-1385

Email: purchasing@epb.net

EPB Purchasing Fax Number: (423) 648-3525

You may also contact purchasing by completing our online contact form.

Ensuring Equal Opportunity for everyone - Minority & Women Owned Business

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.

EPB’s commitment

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.

Do you meet the criteria for this program?

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:

  • African-American
  • Hispanic
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian-American or Pacific Islander

If you qualify, the first step in applying for this program is to complete the Supplier Information Form.

Capabilities assessment

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:

Business category
Competitive pricing
Products and services offered
References
Resources available

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.

Earning contracts

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:

  • Excellent customer service
  • Prompt responses to requested information
  • Quality products and services at a competitive price
  • Timely delivery of products and services

We could use your products & services

EPB relies on suppliers for a wide range of products and services including:

  • Accounting consulting
  • Business consulting
  • Carpentry
  • Catering
  • Computer service
  • Copier service
  • Electrician services (especially emergency crews)
  • Janitorial
  • Marketing consulting
  • Office furniture & supplies
  • Painting
  • Paving
  • Pest control
  • Signage
  • Vehicle maintenance

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. 

We’d love to hear from you

For more information or to get started in the Minority and Women Owned Business Development Program, call 423-648-1434. Thanks for your interest.

Open Bids

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