Eight Minnesota Service Cooperatives, marketed and promoted as the Cooperative Purchasing Connection (CPC), provide purchasing contracts to members in Minnesota and South Dakota. CPC is a member of the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA), a 26 state nonprofit organization designed to leverage purchasing power to benefit agencies, regardless of size, with the ability to purchase at equal buying rights. CPC works collaboratively with AEPA to write the best possible bid solicitations, coordinated by AEPA, resulting in buying power and better prices for members.

    How Does AEPA Work?
    AEPA is unique in that each approved purchasing contract is awarded separately in each member state, in accordance with local and state competitive bidding laws. This allows each state to select the contract(s) that best suits their respective state's member agencies, while following bidding laws and offering bid protection to purchasing members. All AEPA contracts are awarded for one year, with the option to renew for three additional years.  

    All AEPA contracts approved for the use in Minnesota and South Dakota are noted on their respective vendor pages. Contract documents and renewals can also be found on their respective vendor pages.

    Interested in becoming a partnered vendor with AEPA, please visit www.aepecoop.org for more information.