Providing Information, Resources, and Opportunity

The Office of Procurement Services provides outreach to small and diverse businesses through its supplier diversity program.  We seek to provide relevant information and resources to assist diverse suppliers in their pursuit of business opportunities with the university.


Supplier News

Sign up for monthly announcements of upcoming trade shows, diversity business events, and workshops.


Supplier Workshops – Updated Material and New Topics in Summer 2021!

We are pleased to announce a new format for our Supplier Orientation workshop.   We are expanding the previous workshop into a three-part series, including a new session on how to navigate the ESM sourcing system.   Please check back throughout the summer and fall as we introduce more new training topics.

To accommodate the growing list of supplier workshops, we have created a webpage specifically for supplier training.   Click here to view and register for upcoming workshops.   Also, check out the available training videos!


Helpful Resources and Links for Suppliers


State of Tennessee Diversity Certification

We encourage eligible suppliers to certify as a diversity business with the State of Tennessee Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (GoDBE).  The state lists certified vendors in its diversity business directory, allowing the university and other government agencies to identify diverse suppliers easily.

For more information, visit The State of Tennessee Diversity Business Enterprise Program.



Resources for University Employees

Search for Diversity Businesses

University departments seeking to utilize diverse suppliers may search the Tennessee Diversity Business Directory, maintained by the Tennessee Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (GoDBE).  The directory is updated daily and offers multiple search options.


Employee Workshop – Diversity in UT Procurement

Employees are invited to participate in this ninety-minute interactive workshop to learn how supplier diversity is a part of UT procurement policy and to explore how we can work together to support small and diversity-owned businesses.


Additional Resources