Small business opportunities

The Economic Development and Partnerships team oversees SMUD’s Supplier Education and Economic Development (SEED) Program and Business Advisory Council (BAC).

The SEED (Supplier Education and Economic Development) program offers incentives to local small businesses that participate in SMUD's competitive bid process. It also helps prime contractors find local sub-contractors, which helps them gain a competitive edge when developing their bids or proposals.

SMUD awards $200 to $300 million in contracts every year, $40 to $60 million of which goes to SEED vendors and suppliers.

Our goal is to award 20% or more of all eligible contracts to SEED vendors.

Bidding opportunities

Find a SEED vendor

If you are interested in working with SEED vendors, you can find them in the following way:

  • Step 1: See the EBSS Category List to determine the category for which you are seeking a SEED vendor.
  • Step 2: Email a request for SEED vendors in your specified categories to

Ariba information

SMUD recently launched an enhanced procurement management system, called Ariba. It's a cloud-based procurement, spend management and supply chain services platform that makes it easier for suppliers and buyers to connect, collaborate and do business. Below are some resources to help you and your business get registered in the new system.

How to reach us 1-916-732-5600

Suzanne Dizon – Manager, Economic Development and Partnerships (SEED)

Jeannie Robinson – Economic & Small Business Development Representative
Procurement category: Materials

Arlene Chacon – Economic & Small Business Development Representative
Procurement category: Professional Services & Information Technology

Heidi Pyle – Economic & Small Business Development Representative
Procurement category: Construction