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FAQs

How can suppliers combat violations of human rights?
Everyone has a role to play in combating human rights violations. For more information for suppliers regarding combating 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 1-888-373-7888.
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.
How can my organization partner with NiSource?
We are no longer offering an online registration portal for suppliers, but we are developing an alternate method for suppliers to register with us. Please come back to this page another time for more information.
How do I register my company for supplier tracking?
We are no longer offering an online registration portal for suppliers, but we are developing an alternate method for suppliers to register with us. Please come back to this page another time for more information.
My company would like to bid on a major infrastructure project.
We are no longer offering an online registration portal for suppliers, but we are developing an alternate method for suppliers to register with us. Please come back to this page another time for more information.
How does my company become a prospective NiSource vendor?
We are no longer offering an online registration portal for suppliers, but we are developing an alternate method for suppliers to register with us. Please come back to this page another time for more information.