Becoming a Tetra Tech Supplier
Tetra Tech manages our vast network of suppliers, including small business firms, using our automated procurement system. This robust system contains more than 8,400 small businesses that have registered in our system and are accessible online to our buyers.
The database has grown as a result of small business outreach, hosting capability presentations, referrals, and awarding subcontracts in support of past and current contracts. The database sorts contractors by goods and services provided, location, and performance history.
Tetra Tech’s procurement and supplier databases provide procurement staff with ample resources to find appropriate small business entities to consider for subcontracted work. These information sources also give buyers data to determine the competence, ability, experience, and capacity available for a given firm. All Tetra Tech buyers are trained in small business requirements and attend periodic internal procurement training conferences, webcast seminars, and small business program reviews.
Register as a Tetra Tech Supplier
Tetra Tech prequalifies vendors to provide a pool of qualified, experienced, local businesses that are ready to perform. Register as a Tetra Tech supplier today.
Prequalification can advance the procurement process and ensures efficient, effective, and rapid local subcontract response. Firms that have registered in Tetra Tech’s supplier database may be requested to prequalify for upcoming procurement activities by completing a Vendor Qualification Questionnaire (VQQ), which addresses the following key elements:
- Business size and status
- Regulatory compliance records
- Health and Safety performance records
- Financial stability
- Capability and experience
- Bonding capacity, if needed
- Personnel qualifications
- Quality Control program
- Licenses and certifications
- Past performance
- Customer references
Upon receipt and review of the VQQ, we may choose to prequalify firms for consideration on upcoming procurement activities with this updated information. When evaluating new tasks and projects, we identify specific requirements that we expect to subcontract and use our databases to match local firms with the services or products we need.
In addition to these internal tools and systems, Tetra Tech routinely uses the System for Award Management (SAM), the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Dynamic Small Business Search Engine, and SUB-Net database to locate appropriate federal government-verified businesses for our work in the U.S. Our procurement staff are familiar with these resources to identify and verify the status of potential vendors and publish subcontracting opportunities.
Helpful Small Business Resources
- The System for Award Management (SAM) consolidates the capabilities of various U.S federal government procurement sites CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. (www.sam.gov)
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) (www.sba.gov)
- U.S. SBA Dynamic Small Business Search Engine (http://dsbs.sba.gov/dsbs/search/dsp_dsbs.cfm)
- The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Association has code search engines for the NAICS and other resources for small business interests. (www.naics.com)
- The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers was created to help businesses seeking to compete successfully in U.S. federal, state, and local government contracting. They are funded through cooperative agreements between the U.S. Department of Defense and state/local entities. (www.aptac-us.org)
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) “Source-Net” Vendor Search Engine (www.sbo.faa.gov)
- FedBizOpps.gov is a general use website used for both posting and retrieval of active business opportunities with the U.S. government. It includes links to event schedules for small business and vendor collaboration. (www.fbo.gov)
- National Minority Business Council (www.nmbc.org)
- U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (www.mbda.gov)