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.


UT Supplier Orientation Workshop

UT Supplier Orientation provides an overview of doing business with the university.   In this workshop, we discuss UT purchasing policies and procedures, payment methods, and tips for doing business with UT.  We invite potential new suppliers and current suppliers to attend.  The class is offered monthly and lasts approximately an hour and fifteen minutes.  Due to COVID-19, all sessions will be conducted virtually.  We look forward to offering in-person options post-pandemic.

Please click on a date to register:


More Supplier Workshops

How to Register as a Bidder with UT and Manage ESM Email Notifications

Promoting Your Business, Brand, or Organization Through Social Media, presented by Mr. Sam Cowell


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