Expanding Opportunities for Small and Diverse Businesses

Please join us for an exciting opportunity to network with Tennessee’s public universities all under one roof.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee

Learn more here.   Please register so we may share important information on free event parking.


Upcoming Webinars – click on workshop date & time to register.


Quarterly Workshop – An Introduction to Construction Opportunities at UT

This workshop discusses the differences in working with UT Capital Projects and UT Procurement.   We will share tips on how to pursue potential construction opportunities for each office.

Tuesday, November 14, 3:00-3:30 Eastern/2:00-2:30 Central (ONLINE)


UT Supplier Orientation, Part 1: REGISTER

This 30-minute webinar demonstrates how to register in UT’s electronic bid system, ESM Solutions.   We will discuss how to register, how to edit your email notification settings, how to select commodities (NIGP codes),  how to add users to your company profile, and how to add business classifications to your company profile.

Tuesday, October 10, 2:00-2:30 Eastern/1:00-1:30 Central (ONLINE)

Handouts: REGISTER


UT Supplier Orientation, Part 2: PREPARE

This one-hour workshop provides an overview of doing business with UT.   Topics include UT’s organizational structure,  procurement policies, procedures, and payment methods.

Thursday, October 12, 2:00-3:00 Eastern/1:00-2:00 Central (ONLINE)


UT Supplier Orientation, Part 3: RESPOND

This 30-minute workshop demonstrates how to use UT’s electronic bid system, ESM Solutions, to respond to UT solicitations.   We will demonstrate how to navigate the platform, how to upload attachments, how to enter the unit bid price, and how to confirm that your response was submitted.

Monday, October 16, 2:00-2:30 Eastern/1:00-1:30 Central (ONLINE)

Handout:  RESPOND




Video Training


Promoting Your Business, Brand, or Organization Through Social Media 

Mr. Samuel Cowell, Supply Chain Management Student at UT Knoxville


Building Business Relationships with Government Agencies

This video series is designed for companies that are new to doing business with local and state government agencies – it is not specifically about doing business with UT.   The series is a collaborative effort of The City of Knoxville, Knox County, and The University of Tennessee.  Our appreciation to Mr. Samuel Cowell for slide creation.