PSEG is committed to providing suppliers with resources to help you make the most of your business interactions with us.This page provides suppliers with information on frequently asked questions and diverse supplier definitions, as well as links to small business related and government websites.
How do I know if I qualify as a Minority or Women-Owned Business Enterprise?
In considering a supplier's eligibility for minority- and –women owned business status, PSEG accepts the National Minority Supplier Development Council's definition of a minority-owned business and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council for women owned business enterprise. PSEG also accepts the definition of a minority-owned and women-owned business from the State of New Jersey's New Jersey Commerce & Economic Growth Commission. Both definitions are detailed in the diverse supplier definitions section.
How can my business become certified as a Minority or Women-Owned Business Enterprise?
PSEG does not certify businesses as women or minority owned. All suppliers who wish to be classified as a minority- or women-owned supplier to PSEG must be certified by a recognized third party certification body. To support this initiative, PSEG maintains relationships with several organizations that perform the certification process as detailed on the Resource Links page, including The New York + New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council; US Small Business Administration; State Department of Commerce and Economic Development, Division for Small, Minority and Women Businesses; and a number of other organizations the perform certifications.
The certification process begins with the completion of a certification application. You must also provide documentation of business registration or articles of incorporation, and a certified financial statement. Once the application is complete, the certification process continues with a site visit at your business location.
How do I participate in the PSEG Supplier Diversity Process?
The PSEG Supplier Diversity Process is open to any Minority- or Women-Owned Business Enterprise that provides products and services purchased by PSEG. To participate, a minority- or women-owned business enterprise must be certified and registered as a supplier with the PSEG Procurement Department via the PSEG Supplier Registration Database. Contact the PSEG Office of Supplier Diversity at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on participation or visit our Doing Business with PSEG page on this site.
How does PSEG choose suppliers?
PSEG offers certified suppliers the opportunity to participate in a competitive bidding process. We consider a supplier's capability for consistent quality and responsive service. We especially value suppliers who can help us improve by developing innovative ways to enhance quality, minimize loss and create new ways to provide value-added, customer driven services.
Do I have to be a certified MWBE supplier to become a supplier to PSEG?
No, you do not have to be a certified MWBE supplier to do business with PSEG. PSEG spends over $1 billion annually with a variety of suppliers. Given this amount of spend, PSEG maintains annual aggressive goals to do business with certified women and minority owned businesses. If you qualify as a diverse supplier, we encourage you to become certified by the appropriate third party certification agency. Doing so demonstrates a supplier commitment to helping PSEG achieve overall corporate goals. For further information about the PSEG supplier diversity process, advocacy organizations, or certification, please visit our supplier diversity page.
Who manages the procurement process?
The PSEG procurement process is managed by the buyers within the PSEG Procurement Department. Potential suppliers are asked to complete a supplier profile in the PSEG supplier management database. When the profile is completed and filed, the supplier information is sent to those procurement analysts identified as being a purchaser of those products or services. If the supplier is classified as eligible to participate in the competitive bidding process and there are current opportunities within the company, the supplier will be contacted.
Although buyers of goods and services work in many different departments or locations in the company, the process for Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise procurement is managed through the PSEG Office of Supplier Diversity.
What information does PSEG need from me?
If you have not worked with PSEG before, please complete a supplier profile on the PSEG supplier Registration website, http://suppliers.pseg.com. Please be sure to fully complete the registration paying special attention to the following:
- Annual sales information
- Up to date diversity business certifications
- Address, contact, and email information are accurate
- Appropriate 24/7 contact information is entered
What types of products and services does PSEG buy from suppliers or contractors?
The following is a partial listing of products and services purchased by PSEG. For more details, contact the PSEG Supplier Diversity Manager or PSEG's Supply Chain Management Organization.
- Automotive Parts & Services, Advertising Specialties, Chemicals, Mechanical & Electrical Design, Industrial Use Bags, Security Equipment, Storage Equipment, Uniforms & Accessories, Electrical Equipment, Paints & Supplies, Power Cable, Interior Office, Furniture. Hazardous Waste Management, HVAC Maintenance & Repair, Janitorial Services, Grounds & Facility Maintenance, Environmental Consulting, Fabricated Metals, Office Equipment, Paper Supplies, Photographic Equipment & Supplies, Mobile Communications Equipment, Piping & Fitting, Equipment Safety Equipment, Computer Hardware/Software, Electronic Equipment, Construction Equipment, MIS Consulting, Telecommunications Equipment, Advertising/Marketing, Graphic Design, Contracting Services.
Who can I contact for additional information or for assistance?
Please contact the PSEG Office of Supplier Diversity:
Small Business Size Standards
Table of Size Standards matched to North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industries.
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Industries
SAM - System for Award Management
CAGE Code - Commercial and Government Entity
A small business is defined by federal law as "one that is independently owned and operated and which is not dominant in its field of operation." The law also states that in determining what constitutes a small business, the definition will vary from industry to industry to reflect industry differences accurately.
Women-Owned Small Business
A woman-owned business is defined as a business that is owned and controlled 51% or more by a woman or women. Currently, a woman-owned certification process is not required for federal contracts. (Self certification)
Veteran-Owned Small Business
(FAR 52.219-9, 38 USC 101(2)) - A small business concern that is at least 51% owned by one or more veterans (as defined in 38 USC 101(2)), or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more veterans. In addition, one or more veterans must control the management and daily business operations. There is no veteran-owned certification process to complete, simply self-certify. (Self certification)
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business
(FAR 52.219-8, 38 USC 101(16)) - A small business concern that is at least 51 percent unconditionally and directly owned by one or more service-disabled veterans may represent itself as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern in the Central Contractor Registry at www.ccr.gov To participate in the Federal marketplace, the Veteran must have a service-connected disability that has been determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs or his or her respective military branch of service. For more information, please go to www.sba.gov/vets. There is no service-disabled veteran-owned certification process to complete, simply self-certify. (Self certification)
HUBZone Small Business
The Small Business Administration's HUBZone Program is designed to promote economic development and employment growth in distressed areas by providing access to more federal contracting opportunities. A HUBZone is defined as a "Historically Underutilized Business Zone." (*Must be Certified by SBA **There is an Expiration Date)
To qualify for the program, a business must meet the following criteria:
- It must be a small business by SBA size standards;
- Its principal office must be located within a HUBZone, which includes lands on federally recognized Indian reservations;
- It must be owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens (N.B.-this means any level of ownership in an applicant small business by another company would result in a decline). Approved ownership can also be by a Community Development Corporation or Indian tribe; and
- At least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.
Small Disadvantaged Business
SBA certifies SDBs to make them eligible for special bidding benefits. SDBs are at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged. This can include a publicly owned business that has at least 51 percent of its stock unconditionally owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and whose management and daily business is controlled by one or more such individuals.
- 8(a) Business Development Program- The SBA administers two particular business assistance programs for small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs). These programs are the 8(a) Business Development Program and the Small Disadvantaged Business Certification Program. While the 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged firms, SDB certification strictly pertains to benefits in Federal procurement. (Companies which are 8(a) firms must be Certified by SBA **There is an Expiration Date)
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Individuals include:
Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, and Asian-Indian Americans.
Native Americans include:
A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the continental United States and proof can be provided through a Native American Blood Degree Certificate (i.e., tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number).
Hispanic Americans include:
A U.S. citizen of true-born Hispanic heritage, from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin only. Brazilians shall be listed under Hispanic designation for review and certification purposes.
Black Americans include:
A U.S. citizen having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
Asian-Indian Americans include: United States citizens whose origins are in India, Pakistan, or Bangladesh.
Asian-Pacific Americans include:
United States Citizens whose origins are in Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Territories of the Pacific Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Laos, Cambodia, Taiwan, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the federated states of Micronesia.
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
The SIC has been replaced by the six-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. The new NAICS system was developed to reorganize business categories on a production/process-oriented basis. The purpose behind the creation of the NAICS classification system is specifically for governmental regulations and census reports.
The term "subcontract" shall mean any agreement (other than one involving an employer-employee relationship) entered in to by a Government prime contractor or subcontractor calling for supplies and/or services required for performance of the contract, contract modification, or subcontract.
Prime contractors use SUB-Net to post subcontracting opportunities. These may or may not be reserved for small business, and they may include either solicitations or other notices -- for example, notices of sources sought for teaming partners and subcontractors on future contracts. Small businesses can review this web site to identify opportunities in their areas of expertise. While the web site is designed primarily as a place for large businesses to post solicitations and notices, it is also used by Federal agencies, state and local Governments, non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, and even foreign Governments for the same purpose.
Certification or Qualification Requirements
To qualify as a small business a business concern eligible for assistance from SBA as a small business is one that is organized for profit, with a place of business located in the United States. It must operate primarily within the United States or make a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor. Together with its affiliates, it must meet the numerical size standards as defined in the Small Business Size Regulations, 13 CFR 121. See the SBA Size Standards home page or go to http://www.sba.gov/certifications/ for more information.
8(a): The applicant firm must be a small business, must be unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the United States, and must demonstrate potential for success.
HUBZone:To participate in the HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program, a concern must be determined to be a "qualified HUBZone small business concern." A firm can be found to be a qualified HUBZone concern, if:
- It is small,
- It is located in an "historically underutilized business zone" (HUBZone)
- It is owned and controlled by one or more U.S. Citizens, and
- At least 35% of its employees reside in a HUBZone.
Please see the HUBZone home page (https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/hubzone-program)
SDB: There are several different applications for various business legal structures. Each legal structure has its own application page. Please refer to the SBA for more information.
If a small business self-certifies that it has received SBA's SDB certification, the office of Supplier Diversity must verify this in the SAM (CCR) site: (https://federalcontractorregistry.com/sam-ccr-status-check/).
Who can I contact for additional information or for assistance?
Most of the tools needed to become a potential supplier to PSEG is right here on this website. Please navigate the site for a range of information from What We Buy, to Supplier Registration, to the Standards of Integrity. If you have additional questions, please contact PSEG at: Supplier.Registration@pseg.com