• CPC's Solicitation Process

    All of the Cooperative Purchasing Connection (CPC) contracts are established through a Request for Proposal (RFP), Invitation for Bid (IFB) or negotiated agreement.  CPC awards contracts based on quality service, proven performance, and pricing.  RFPs and IFBs are conducted in accordance with purchasing procedures mandated by state procurement laws and regulations. Therefore, purchasing from these contracts meets the requirements of the Uniform Municipal Contracting Law (MS 471.345) and benefit all entities that must comply with state purchasing laws (public and private schools, colleges and universities, cities, counties, nonprofits, and all governmental entities).         

    The RFP/IFB process:
    • CPC determines the need for specific commodities, products, and/or services through discussions with current members, research, and market trends.
    • CPC issues an RFP/IFB for the commodity, product, or service.
    • The RFP/IFB is advertised, for two consecutive weeks, in large metropolitan newspapers.
    • All RFP/IFB responses are submitted online via Public Purchase; an online eProcurement solution. Click here for more information on Public Purchase.   
    • All qualifying responses are tabulated and evaluated by CPC and members (if applicable).
    • The contract is awarded to one or multiple vendors.
    • The Board of Directors approves the final contract.

    Contracts established through a negotiated agreement do not meet competitive bidding requirements.  These agreements are only completed for proprietary products or services that will not exceed the competitive bidding threshold.


    If you have any questions about the CPC’s RFP/IFB process, contact info@purchasingconnection.org