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How To Do Business With Metro

Registration

A business must be registered in iSupplier before working with Metro. This includes subcontractors, who must be registered before they are included in a prime contractor's offer.

All procurement activity--including submission of offers--happens via iSupplier. The information a business inputs when registering determines what notifications they will receive about opportunities to work with Metro.

Each business is responsible for regularly checking and updating their own iSupplier profile. This ensures that they receive both accurate and timely information.

Forms and Guides

Need further assistance with registration? Email isupplier@nashville.gov.

Certification - Minority, Women, LGBT, and Veteran Owned Businesses

During iSupplier registration, a business may choose to self-identify as minority-owned (MBE), woman-owned (WBE), LGBT owned (LGBTBE), or service disabled veteran owned (SDV) if that business has obtained certification as such through a recognized agency.

A business that self-identifies must provide proof of current certification via email (bao@nashville.gov). Generally, this will be in the form of a certificate provided to the business by their certifying agency.

For black and brown owned businesses, Metro recognizes these MBE certifications:

For woman owned businesses, Metro recognizes these WBE certifications:

For LGBT owned businesses, Metro recognizes this LGBTBE certification:

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

For service disabled veteran owned businesses, Metro recognizes this SDV certification:

Governor's Office of Business Diversity

Certification as a minority-owned or woman-owned business may allow a firm to participate in the equal business opportunity program.

Questions about certification? Email jerval.watson@nashville.gov.

Small Business Approval

During iSupplier registration, a firm may choose to self-identify as a small business (SBE) if that firm meets Metro's criteria.

A business that self-identifies must apply for Metro SBE approval via email (bao@nashville.gov) by providing the following:

  • Letter of affirmation on company letter head signed by the principal.
  • Two (2) most recent business tax returns.
  • Two (2) most recent IRS 941 quarterly filings.

For the letter of affirmation, please review the eligibility standards and include the appropriate industry classification in the designated space.

Questions about small business status? Email jerval.watson@nashville.gov.

Bidding

Once a business has been approved in iSupplier and completed all other applicable steps above, they are ready to bid on Metro projects.

All available opportunities to work with Metro are posted online. A business will also receive notice about potential opportunities based upon information provided in iSupplier.

Current Bidding Opportunities

Forms and Guides

Contact Us

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Nashville TN 37210

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Purchasing
615-862-6180 Phone
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Business Assistance Office
bao@nashville.gov
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