January 28, 2011


New Supplier Database Helps Businesses Participate in City’s Bid Process

A new online Arlington supplier database and notification system will make it easier for area suppliers to participate in the City’s bid and proposal processes.

The new database, an integrated module of the City’s Financial System, allows suppliers, for a $25 fee, to register their business with the City, upload and store certificates, enter appropriate commodity codes, and be notified about potential bid opportunities. The new system also has the capability of tracking and reporting companies that are participating in the bid and proposal process.

“This notification database is a welcome tool for City procurement staff and suppliers alike. In the tight economy, helping suppliers find contracting opportunities is crucial to the community, and ultimately benefits Arlington’s objective of open competition,” said Purchasing Manager Debra Twinam.

The City hopes the new, easily accessible system, will also help smaller businesses and minority and women-owned businesses compete for city contracts.

“The implementation of this tracking and reporting database coincides with a concerted initiative to further make City contracting opportunities easily accessible to area minority and woman-owned businesses,” said Twinam.

The City plans to expand the system in phases. This first phase consists of getting businesses to register for the new system and notifying registered users of bid opportunities, which is expected to begin in late February. Anticipated within the year, the next phase will allow suppliers to return their bid responses electronically.

For more information on the new online supplier database, visit www.ArlingtonTX.gov/finance/purchasing or call 817-459-6336.


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