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Our Supplier Diversity and Development team (SDD) works with minority, women and services-disabled veteran-owned businesses and our business units to identify suppliers and locate purchasing or contracting opportunities.
 
​supplier diversity & development support
​Our team:
 
  • identifies potential certified suppliers from existing resource lists
  • mentors strong candidates for potential opportunities and coordinates meetings with buyers and suppliers
  • offers training and support on how to do business with us

 

review our 2014 Supplier Diversity Annual Report to learn about our recent performance.
qualifying businesses
To qualify as a minority- and women-owned supplier, businesses must meet specific criteria as defined by the Small Business Administration pursuant Federal Acquisition Regulations.
small disadvantaged business
  • at least 51% owned by a socially and economically disadvantaged person or group, or publicly owned with at least 51% of stock owned by a socially and economically disadvantaged person or group
  • daily business management is controlled by 1 or more such individuals*
small business
  • independently owned and operated
  • not dominant in the field in which it might bid on government contracts
  • qualified as a small business under the criteria and size standards in 13 CFR 21 (500 or fewer employees)
women-owned small business
  • at least 51% owned by a woman or women who are U.S. citizens and who also control and operate the business
veteran owned & service disabled veteran owned
  • a veteran or a group of veterans must have at least 51% ownership and control of the business
* qualified groups

Socially and/or economically disadvantaged individuals shall be presumed to include African Americans (Black), Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans and Asian Indian Americans. These groups are qualified by the Small Business Administration under 13 CFR 124-1.

Hispanic Americans, means a United States citizen whose origins are in South, Central America, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba or the Iberian Peninsula (including Portugal)

Native Americans, as used in this provision, means American Indians, Eskimo, Aleuts and Native Hawaiians

Asian Pacific Americans, as used in this provision, means a United States citizen whose origins are in Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Laos, Cambodia or Taiwan.

Asian Pacific Americans, as used in this provision, means a United States citizen whose origins are in India, Pakistan or Bangladesh

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​becoming a certified business

We require 3rd-party certification of our diverse suppliers. This involves a rigorous process to confirm your business is at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by at least 1 person who is a minority or woman. Any minority, woman, veteran, service-disabled veteran or HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Businesses)  Enterprises interested in working with us are encouraged to:

  • become certified by 1 or more of our recognized certification organizations
  • attend seminars and workshops to learn how to do business with large corporations
  • If you are a prospective supplier and have never registered with us, please complete the supplier registration form to be considered for work with Arizona Public Service.
accepted certifications
We accept certifications from these agencies:
 
  • minority-owned business certification – National or Regional Minority Supplier Development Councils
  • women-owned business certification – Women’s Business Enterprize National Council
  • small business (sba) certification – i.e. 8(a), HubZone, veterans and disabled veterans from local, state or federal government agencies
We’ll review your information and certifications and contact you if there’s a match between your products and services and our needs. We cannot guarantee we’ll award a contract.
 
annual review
Most certifications require annual renewal. You’re responsible for informing us of any certification renewals or other changes in company status.
 
becoming a supplier
A strong supplier base is important to achieve our business objectives and strengthen our local communities. As a large purchaser of services and products, suppliers frequently contact us to ask how to do business with us.
 
​what we're looking for
  • minority- and woman-owned businesses with extensive experience, sound financial history and a diverse customer base
  • excellent customer service, competitive prices and competitive advantage
  • knowledge of the market and flexibility to meet our business needs
  • adequate insurance and bonding capabilities to meet job requirements
  • established safety programs
  • 2nd tier program
If you are a prospective supplier and have never registered with us, please complete the supplier registration form to be considered for work with Arizona Public Service.
 
​2nd tier reporting

2nd tier reporting refers to the use of diverse suppliers by our major suppliers. Our objective is to ensure that diverse businesses have the maximum opportunity to participate in contracting and subcontracting opportunities by providing opportunities to diverse subcontractors and suppliers.