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FAQs

My company would like to bid on a major infrastructure project.
Suppliers interested in bidding on major infrastructure projects should include the project name and core services in the Additional Information/Other Core Competencies section of the Supplier Application.
How can my organization partner with NiSource?
If your organization is interested in partnering with NiSource, please fill out the Contact Us form.
 
How do I report Tier II data?
You can report Tier II data through PowerAdvocate. If you need step-by-step instructions, download the Tier II Reporting Guide on the Doing Business With Us page.
 
How do I register my company for supplier tracking?
You can register your company for PowerAdvocate. If you need step-by-step instructions, download the Tier II Registration Guide on the Doing Business With Us page.
 
How does my company become a prospective NiSource vendor?
Our supplier program creates an open pathway for decision makers to identify new businesses to work with. You can register with us using our Supplier Application. Your registration does not guarantee a request for bid. If a need develops for your product or services, our procurement team will contact you.
What are the definitions for diverse suppliers?
Small Business Concern (SB)
A small business concern is as defined pursuant to Section 3 of the Small Business Act and relevant regulations promulgated pursuant thereto. Generally, this means a small business concern organized for profit, which is independently owned and operated, is not dominant in the field of operations in which it is bidding, and meets the size standards as prescribed in government regulations.

Woman-Owned Business (WBE) 
A woman-owned business is a business concern (a) which is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women, or in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of that business' stock is owned by one or more women; and (b) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.

Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Small Business Concern 
This program is based on the geographical area where your business is located and where 35 percent of your employees reside. The company must be small, located in a HUBZone, owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizen(s), at least 35 percent of its employees reside in a HUBZone, and certified by the Small Business Administration.

Veteran-Owned Business (VBE) 
A veteran-owned business is a business concern (a) which is at least 51 percent owned by one or more veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more veterans; and (b) the management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more veterans.

Disabled-Owned Business
A disabled-owned business is a business (a) which is at least 51 percent owned by one or more persons with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock of is owned by one or more persons with disabilities; and (b) the management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more persons with disabilities.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
A minority business enterprise is a U.S.-based business concern (a) which is at least 51 percent owned by minorities, or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of that business' stock is owned by one or more minorities; and (b) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the minority individuals who own it. Minority persons include African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Asian-Indian Americans and Native Americans.

Workshops for Americans with Disabilities
This organization provides greater access for people with disabilities to training services, vocational rehabilitation services, and other support services they need to obtain, regain, or maintain employment.
What Tier II supplier diversity data does NiSource track?
Our suppliers are strongly encouraged to conduct business with diverse suppliers and we track the following diverse supplier categories through our Tier II supplier program: 

  • Minority Owned or Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) 
  • Women Owned or Women Business Enterprise (“WBE”) 
  • Veteran-Owned Business (“VBE”) 
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business (“HUBZone”)
Does NiSource track Tier II supplier diversity data?
Yes, we track Tier II supplier purchases through our spend capture tool. By using this tool, we’re able to automate how we request, communicate, gather, and consolidate reports from all the suppliers providing Tier II supplier diversity data. 
 
How can suppliers combat violations of human rights?
Everyone has a role to play in combatting human rights violations. For more information for suppliers regarding combatting human trafficking and forced labor, please visit this site. If you suspect human trafficking or forced labor may be occurring, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center immediately at (888) 373-7888.