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Thank you for your interest in working with BELL!

We know there are many amazing general contractors out there, so we’re truly honored you’ve come to explore what BELL ʪ has to offer our trade partners.

Read on to learn more about our work with subcontractors, suppliers, and vendors across the industry, including our commitment to partnering with small, diverse, and local businesses.

  • Subcontractors: Click the button below to learn about our prequalification and procurement processes.
  • Vendors & Suppliers: You are not required to prequalify. If you are interested in bidding on BELL’s projects, please reach out to our Preconstruction Administrator to be added to our bid list.

LOCAL BUSINESSES

As a locally owned and operated Tennessee company since 1970, we know the impact construction can have on our local economy, and we believe that local companies should benefit from the work being done in their communities. Thus, we strive to build relationships with and provide work to qualified local trade partners.

In 2021, we received the Members Using Members Award in the General Contractor category from the . This award honors the GC who worked with the most other AGC member firms over the previous year, highlighting BELL’s commitment to the local contracting community.

In addition, we participate in various local events to support and connect with local trade partners, such as the ‘s annual Contractors’ Showcase.

SMALL & DIVERSE BUSINESSES

BELL ʪ strives to promote an ethical and fair environment that enables and encourages members of the Small & Diverse Business community to contribute their full potential to help us deliver projects to our clients. We aim to work with a variety of diverse entities, including those who are certified or registered as a:

  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
  • Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Owned by Person(s) with a Disability (DSBE)
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVBE)
  • LGBT-Owned Business Enterprise (LGBTBE)
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)

Assistance

BELL ʪ is able to provide reasonable accommodations and / or assistance to Small & Diverse Businesses, if needed. For instance, we can:

  • Adjust qualification thresholds
  • Assist with bonding, insurance, etc.
  • Host pre-bid meetings and provide one-on-one work sessions
  • Divide the contract into portions that smaller entities can reasonably perform
  • Aid in estimating to make sure take-off quantities match
  • Facilitate communication with our Tier 1 subcontractors for bid needs on their portions of our contracts
  • Ensure prompt payment to help with cash flow
  • Conduct trainings on the certification process

In August 2021, BELL ʪ hosted our first Small & Diverse Business Certification Training at the Music City Center. With approximately 50 registrants from across the industry, we were able to see a real impact —both internally and externally.

Commitment

Commitment is one of BELL’s core values, so it drives the way we do business and is a common theme in all facets of our work.

Many of our contracts, including those with Metro Nashville Government, the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, or the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (BNA), have a required percentage of Small & Diverse Business participation, but we always aim to exceed those goals.

As demonstrated below, BELL ʪ has been successful at meeting or surpassing the Small & Diverse Business goals on various projects.

We are proud to announce that, as a company, we have implemented a 10% goal (or higher) across our projects, regardless of whether there are participation requirements set by the owner. 

FIRST HORIZON PARK

28% Participation

LENTZ PUBLIC HEALTH

33% Participation

Diversity  |  Equity  |  Inclusion

BELL prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion in all respects (from hiring internal talent to partnering with diverse subcontractors and suppliers) to accomplish our mission of building better… one relationship at a time.
We have representation on the AGC's D&I Committee and regularly sponsor and attend their events.

CONTACTS

LAURA BURKHALTER

Project / Contract Administrator

Email Laura

KELLY FRIZZELL

Preconstruction Administrator

Email Kelly

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