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Safety is our first priority. Our commitment to work and live safely every day applies to our contractors, too. In addition to following our safety procedures, contractors and contract employees must comply with all applicable federal, state and local safety regulations.
Contractor safety evaluation program
We partner with BROWZ to assist with registration and ongoing evaluation of contractors. BROWZ ensures a required level of safety performance and fiscal responsibility from our contractor partners. To learn more about BROWZ, read the FAQ.
Contractor operator qualification
We partner with Veriforce to help monitor and report contractor operator qualification information. Learn more about Veriforce,
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
Supplier and contractor opportunities
We use a variety of products and services. Here is listing of high-level categories.
|Advertising and artwork||Human resources|
|Audio and visual||Incentive or promotional items|
|Benefits administration and supply catering||Intellectual property|
|Computers and equipment||Marketing|
|Consulting services||Safety equipment|
|Distribution (electric and natural gas) materials||Security|
|Facilities maintenance||Software applications|
|Generation (electric) materials||Uniforms|
Suppliers must share Black Hills Corporation’s commitment uphold high safety, environmental, legal, and ethical standards. Please read our supplier code of conduct and commit to upholding Black Hills Corporation’s standards.
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.