At Black Hills Energy, we recognize the importance of strong partnering and collaboration with our suppliers who play a vital role in our success. Our valued supplier relationships will support Black Hills Energy’s growth, cost reduction, and improve our customer relationships. As a potential supplier to Black Hills Energy, you will be expected to deliver on your contractual commitments and strictly adhere to Black Hills Energy’s Supplier Code of Conduct.
At Black Hills Energy, we value our suppliers and their positive and safe impact to our business. An effective business transaction is our goal of this relationship. Below we are providing a list of critical policies and procedures:
- Supplier Code of Conduct
- Supplier Portal Reference Guide
- Notification of Equal Employement Opportunity/Affirmative Action Obligations
- Safety Orientation Video
- Operator Qualification
- NCMS – National Compliance Management System
- COVID-19 Contractor/Vendor Screening Tool
- COVID-19 Contractor Safety and Health Expectations
Black Hills Energy now utilizes a Supplier Portal and requires each Supplier and Bidder to register and provide specific business information to us. Our Supplier Portal deployment provides a new channel for you to interact with Black Hills Energy and gain easy access to your transactional history with us. As a Supplier, you must be sponsored by a Strategic Sourcing Professional in order for your registration process to begin. You will receive an invitation to register, and we feel you will find it beneficial to do so. If you would like to register as a Bidder, you can do that directly on the Supplier Portal. Both of these registration processes require you to complete a detailed questionnaire providing key information to Black Hills Energy, which we will use for evaluation and compliance purposes.
While registration through the Supplier Portal requires time and effort by each Supplier, Black Hills Energy appreciates this effort and expects the questionnaire to be complete and accurate before you will be granted access to our system and be able to participate in future bidding events.
Key benefits of our new Supplier Portal are:
- A full menu of self-service tools allowing you to perform tasks such as checking for new Purchase Orders, reviewing Invoice Status, and tracking Payments.
- Ability to provide consistent communication, including announcements and critical updates.
- The ability to manage relationships and increase two-way communication.
- Bid on RFx sourcing events (projects) your company may be invited to respond to.
Supplier diversity program
Diversity for us includes partnering with a variety of businesses that provide services and supplies.
Our supplier diversity program encourages small and minority-owned businesses to provide competitive bids for the materials and services we need. We’re always looking to build our network of diverse businesses with partners who understand and meet our industry requirements.
If you own a small business that falls under one of the following categories, as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration, you may be eligible for our supplier diversity program.
- Small business concern: Is one that is owned by a U.S. citizen(s) and that falls within the federal government's size standards for small business. The government's small business size standards may be found in the Federal Acquisition Regulation 19.102 and on the government's website.
- Minority-owned small business: Is a small business that is at least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by one or more individual(s) who are African American, Hispanic American, Native Indian American, Asian Indian American, Subcontinent-Asian American or Asian Pacific American. Acceptable certifications are provided by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, local minority diversity councils and by federal, state and local Governments.
- Women-owned small business: Is a small business that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women and whose management and operations are controlled by one or more women.
- Small disadvantaged business: Is a small business that is at least 51 percent owned by an individual(s) who the federal government considers to be socially and economically disadvantaged; has its management and daily operation controlled by such an individual(s); and, whose owner(s) net worth, excluding equity in the business and primary residence, does not exceed $750,000. Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Subcontinent-Asian Americans, as well as any others who believe they are socially and economically disadvantaged may qualify. The federal government requires that companies representing themselves as small disadvantaged business must be certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- HUB-Zone small business: Is a small business whose primary office is located in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone and 35 percent of whose employees reside in the HUB-Zone. The federal government requires that companies that represent themselves as a HUB-Zone small business must be certified by the SBA.
- Veteran-owned small business: Is a small business that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more veterans or, in the case of any publicly-owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more veterans, and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more veterans.
- Service-disabled veteran-owned small business: Is a small business that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly-owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans or in the case of a permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran.
- Minority- and women-owned business definitions (other than small-business categories):
- For-profit enterprise
- Physically located in the USA
- Owned, operated and controlled by minority group members or non-minority women who are U.S. citizens
- Minority group members: Asian-Pacific Americans, Asian-Indians, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans
- Ownership must be at least 51 percent
- Must be certified by NMSDC, WBENC or other generally recognized certifying body
Every contractor employee working on any project for Black Hills Energy is required to review the contractor safety orientation video before beginning work on the project.
Safety is our first priority. Suppliers must share Black Hills Corporation’s commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace by exercising good judgment in work decisions and applying safe work practices (including regulatory and contract-specific requirements) to all activities.