• Frequently Asked Questions

     

     
    How do I become a member?

    Contact your regional service cooperative to learn more about membership in your region. 

     

    Which regional service cooperative do I belong to?

    Refer to the CPC Map to determine which regional service cooperative you belong to.   If you have any questions, contact us at 888-739-3289.
     
    What is the Cooperative Purchasing Connection?
    The Cooperative Purchasing Connection is a statewide purchasing program of the Minnesota Service Cooperatives.  We combine the volume of thousands of schools, cities, counties and nonprofits to attract the best value for members.

     

    Why participate in the Cooperative Purchasing Connection?

    The Cooperative Purchasing Connection is a member driven program.  The more support and volume our contracted vendors see from members, the greater discounts they offer.

     

    How do I order from contracted vendors?

    Ordering from our contracted vendors is easy!  You deal directly with the vendor, as you would normally.  The Vendor List provides you access to all of our vendors.   

     

    Do I need to include anything on my purchase order to receive the discounted price?

    Sometimes.  Our contracted vendors are aware that you are a member of the Cooperative Purchasing Connection.  However, there are some vendors that require a particular quote number or special identification on your purchase order.  If identification is required, it is noted on the vendor page.

     

    How does buying from the contracted vendors meet competitive bidding requirements?

    Purchasing from contracts established through a formal bid meets the requirements of the Uniform Municipal Contracting Law (MS 471.345) because our requests for proposals and invitation for bids are done in accordance with purchasing procedures mandated by state procurement laws and regulations.  Contracts established through a negotiated agreement are called Preferred Vendor Agreements and do not meet competitive bidding requirements.  The type of contract is listed on each of the vendor pages.

     

    What is our bid process?

    Requests for Proposals and Invitations for Bids are done in accordance with purchasing procedures mandated by state procurement laws and regulations.  Additional documentation of the competitive bidding process is available to any service cooperative member upon request by contacting Lisa Truax at 218-739-3273 or at info@purchasingconnection.org.  Some vendor pages also contain bid documents and the appropriate Audit Packets.