Jacksonville Small Emerging Business and Supplier Diversity Program

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JEA is committed to a diverse supplier network that reflects the customers and communities we serve. At JEA, procurement decisions are made on a competitive basis and focuses on providing fair and equitable opportunities to all vendors. JEA is an active participant in the City of Jacksonville’s (COJ) Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business (JSEB) program. The JSEB program helps to establish and strengthen relationships with local small business owners in our community. 


Additionally, JEA believes that supplier diversity promotes innovation, increases the pool of potential suppliers, and drives competition. As an extension of the JSEB program, JEA’s Supplier Diversity Program is based on four principles: Advocate, Network, Educate and Report. JEA is committed to advocating the use of diverse suppliers, building a network of diverse suppliers, providing educational opportunities, and reporting our progress.

JSEB Program 

The Jacksonville Small and Emerging Businesses (JSEB) program is administered by the City of Jacksonville’s Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) office and is the certifying agency for the JSEB program. The program is open to small businesses that are located within Duval County and meet the program requirements. There are residency requirements for the owner, as well as personal net worth and annual gross receipt limitations. Vendors that are certified through the JSEB program are eligible to participate in prime and subcontracting opportunities at JEA.

To track the JSEB program’s progress, reports are provided monthly to the Procurement Leadership, quarterly to the Board of Directors and annually to the City of Jacksonville. The JSEB data captures actual payments made to the JSEB firm on JEA projects working as a prime contractor and a subcontractor. The JSEB report also captures contracts that are awarded within the fiscal year. The success of the program is measured by the dollars we spend with JSEB firms.

Questions? Contact the JEA JSEB Manager.

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Closed Title: Prime Vendor JSEB Reports
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Prime vendors that are utilizing JSEB vendors as subcontractors on JEA projects are required to report the monthly amount paid to each JSEB vendor. The JSEB Monthly Spend Report is required to be completed by the 30th of each month for each JEA project with a JSEB participation requirement. For newly awarded contracts, the JSEB reporting is moving to our new JSEB Compliance & Diversity Outreach System. Prime vendors will be notified when to use the new system for their JSEB reporting.

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Supplier Diversity Program

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The JEA Supplier Diversity program works hand-in-hand with the JSEB program. Diverse suppliers can be of any size and location to promote inclusion of all vendors with a diverse certification. The program is designed to build relationships and increase opportunities with diverse suppliers. The foundational principles for the program are to Advocate, Network, Educate and Report. JEA is committed to advocating to utilize diverse suppliers, creating a database that is accessible to the public, registering certified diverse suppliers, offering opportunities to grow educationally, and ensuring our accountability is measured.

Advocate

We believe supplier diversity brings innovative ideas, provides multiple procurement channels for goods and services, and increases competition. JEA is committed to advocating on behalf of our diverse suppliers and encouraging our internal and external customers to utilize our diverse supplier network on prime and subcontractor opportunities. Having a diverse supplier network that is representative of our customers and communities we serve brings significant value to JEA.

Network

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive network of suppliers that is accessible to our internal and external customers. Diverse suppliers, of any size and location, that are certified through a 3rd party are encouraged to register their company. Through this database, relationships can be developed that can lead to prime and subcontractor opportunities.

Educate

We will partner with local small business agencies to offer educational events for our diverse supplier community. JEA is interested in developing our future supply chain. We will seek opportunities to educate businesses in areas to help grow their businesses professionally and technically by hosting webinar series, meet and greets, and networking events. Through these initiatives, we are striving to have a sustainable diverse supplier portfolio.

Report

We provide reports on our Supplier Diversity program’s progress quarterly to the Procurement Leadership and the Board of Directors. The Supplier Diversity data is comprised of non-JSEB vendors that are classified as diverse suppliers on our procurement card and purchase order spend. The success of the program is measured by the good faith efforts we demonstrate and the results we obtain through the dollars we spend with diverse suppliers.


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Closed Title: Outreach Events
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Click here for upcoming events. 

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Closed Title: Doing Business with JEA Workshop
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Please join us for a discussion about business opportunities with JEA, and to learn about JEA’s purchasing process. Potential new vendors, small and diverse businesses are welcomed to attend.

Click here for more information. 

View Workshop Times and Locations

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Closed Title: JSEB Procurement Summit
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JEA Vendors network with other Jacksonville Small Businesses at the 2019 JSEB Procurement Summit.

JEA will host their Fifth Annual JSEB Procurement Summit on August 31, 2022. This year the 2022 Summit will be held in person! We will focus on Fiscal Year 2023 Bid Opportunities for Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business (JSEB) Vendors.

There will be an opportunity to connect and network with Prime Vendors, the JEA Procurement Team and the City of Jacksonville. We encourage all JSEB and diverse businesses to attend and come prepared with their questions, business cards and capability sheets. This is a great opportunity to acquire beneficial information and build new relationships.

Summit Areas of Focus

  • Upcoming Procurement Opportunities
  • Networking with Water/Wastewater and Facilities
  • COJ onsite to discuss the JSEB Program

Who Should Attend the Summit?

  • Any JSEB Vendor interested in doing business with JEA
  • Any Prime Vendor interested in networking with JSEB Vendors
  • Any Diverse business that is interested in doing business with JEA

Summit Details


DATE August 31, 2022
TIME Doors open at 9 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
LOCATION Main Public Library
Hicks Auditorium
303 N. Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
PARKING Parking Garage passes will be provided to the first 100 attendees.
SUMMIT PRESENTATIONClick here to view the presentation

 

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More Information

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Closed Title: JSEB Spotlight
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  • CSI Geo, Inc. 
  • Acuity Design Group, LLC
  • PQH Group Design, Inc. 
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Closed Title: JSEB Mentors
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  • Construction & Engineering Services Consultants, Inc. – Steven J. Davis, Owner
  • iTech Resources, Inc. – Eric Nguyen, Owner
  • Complete Services Well Drilling, Inc. – Justin Merritt, Owner
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