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Frequently Asked Questions

Who qualifies as a Diverse Supplier?
What does the term "certification" mean when referring to diverse businesses?
What are the different types of certifications available? 
I am self-certified. Can I still register as a diverse supplier?
What types of diverse businesses does Piedmont Natural Gas work with?
How can I do business with Piedmont Natural Gas?
Does my registration guarantee that I will be selected as a supplier?
What are the next steps after I register with Supplier Diversity?
Who can I contact if I have additional questions regarding Supplier Diversity?

Q: Who qualifies as a Diverse Supplier?
A: A diverse supplier is a company which is at least 51 percent owned and operated by one or more individuals belonging to one of the following categories: 

  • Minority 
  • Women 
  • Disabled Veteran 
  • Veteran 
  • Small Business 
  • HUB Zone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone)
*For a detailed description on the bullet points above see Diverse Supplier Classifications

Q: What does the term "certification" mean when referring to diverse businesses?
A: Certification is a process of analysis conducted by certification agencies in order for businesses to become a diverse supplier. This process ensures that a business is actually owned, controlled, and operated by the applicant(s) by properly certifying only those businesses that meet the strict eligibility requirements of the program. Applicants are generally small businesses that are minority and/or women-owned (MBE or WBE). There are certification programs that apply to other categories of applicants such as Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (DVBE), Historically Underutilized Business (HUB Zone), 8(a) Business Development and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB). Certification programs can be on local, state, regional or national levels depending upon the certification.

Q: What are the different types of certifications available?
A: Certifications are available for minorities, women, disadvantaged, disabled veterans, small businesses and HUB Zone. Some of the common certification programs are briefly described below. WBENC (Women's Business Enterprise National Council) and NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council) certify women and minorities, respectively. SBA certifications such as 8(a) and SDB, certify disadvantaged business owners defined as businesses with one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals(s). HUB Zone certification is for those businesses located in "Historically Underutilized Business Zones." To find out if a business qualifies as a HUB Zone Enterprise, please visit www.sba.gov. Some local and state governments have their own MWBE and small business certifications. Please check the websites of your local and state governments for information.

Q: I am self-certified. Can I still register as a diverse supplier?
A: Yes. To be registered in the Supplier Diversity Program as a diverse supplier, your business must be complete the Supplier Self-Identification Certification Form

Q: What types of diverse businesses does Piedmont Natural Gas work with?
A: Piedmont works with minority, women, veteran/disabled veteran, HUB Zone and small business firms that provide services in virtually all areas, including environmental services, marketing services, construction services, accounting services, human resources, information technology and more.

Q: How can I do business with Piedmont Natural Gas?
A: Piedmont Natural Gas welcomes diverse suppliers who want to work with us to submit a completed Supplier Self-Identification Certification Form. After registering, we will keep your information in our supplier database to reference when contracting opportunities become available.

Q: Does my registration guarantee that I will be selected as a supplier?
A: No. Registration does guarantee that your company is listed in our Supplier Diversity Database. As business needs arise, our purchasing personnel may use the database and contact you upon their discretion.

Q: What are the next steps after I register with Supplier Diversity?
A: Once you have submitted the Supplier Self-Identification Certification Form, your contact information will be stored in our Supplier Diversity database. We will keep your information on-hand and may contact you as opportunities become available.

Q: Who can I contact if I have additional questions regarding Supplier Diversity?
A: For general Supplier Diversity concerns, email supplierdiversity@piedmontng.com.

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