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