The number of minority, women and locally-owned small businesses continues to grow in Madison County, creating a resource of supplier diversity. JEA recognizes the value of this diversity and strives to encourage this growth. The Business to Business Program gives certified businesses an equitable opportunity to compete for business at Jackson Energy Authority in a buyer-seller relationship. We seek to establish an environment that fosters creativity, business growth and economic development and distinguishes JEA as a leader in supplier diversity.

Policy Statement

It is the intent of Jackson Energy Authority to encourage the growth of minority, women, and locally owned small businesses. The Business to Business Program provides these businesses an equitable opportunity to compete in contracts for goods and services, in a contractor or subcontractor arrangement with JEA. This will ensure that a representative proportion of the goods, services and construction projects purchased and contracted by JEA are supplied by minority, women, and locally-owned small businesses.

In this regard, prime contractors will be encouraged to seek out and utilize subcontractors who are certified and a part of the Business to Business Program.

How It Works

  • Most products and services are purchased or contracted through a competitive bid process.
  • Requests for competitive bids are solicited by telephone, written requests for quotations and public advertisement for sealed bids.
  • All suppliers and contractors requested to bid receive the same information.
  • Prime contractors will be encouraged to utilize Business to Business Program businesses when the opportunity exists.

Certification

Minority, women, and locally owned small businesses must maintain an annual certification of their classification to participate in Jackson Energy Authority’s Business to Business Program. JEA accepts certification by the State of TN Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise http://www.tn.gov/generalservices/topic/governors-office-of-diversity-business-enterprise-godbe.

Do you qualify?

If the ownership of your business meets at least one of the classifications, register with Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise link below.

  • Minority Businesses are at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled. Minorities include: African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian-Pacific Americans who are United States citizens.
  • Women-Owned Businesses are at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a female or group of females who are United States citizens.
  • Local Small Businesses are those located in Madison County, Tennessee and surrounding counties including McNairy County that meet DOT guidelines for their business or product category and are at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a resident or residents of the Madison County Area.