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Register to do Business with the State of California

The budget for the State of California is roughly $120 billion dollars each year with the private sector for products and services.  This equates to 30% for K-12 Education; 25% for health and human services; 11% for higher education; 10% for business, transportation, and housing; and 7% on corrections.  The California eProcurement website is the direct route for state agents to purchase goods and services from businesses.  Becoming a registered vendor enables purchasing agents to find you and makes your company eligible to bid on contracts.  The following information is provided to assist you in becoming a registered vendor for the State of California.

The State of California utilizes eProcurement website hosted by BidSync for vendor registration and online contracting opportunities.  Vendor registration is a two-part process.

The first step is to “Register to do Business with the State of California.”  At this point you will create a user ID  and password, list your business name and contact information, and choose the commodity codes for your business.  You only need one of the following numbers to register your business at this stage:  DUNS, FEIN, or SSN.  When complete, you can call BidSync Support to activate your account or wait to receive your emailed confirmation.  Your account must be activated to proceed to the next step in the registration process.

Step 1 – Registration:

Log on at CA.GOV DGS (Department of General Services)

A.  Open the Access eProcurement (eP) menu

B.  Choose Register – Free BidSync Link is on left (blue) – and proceed

**Note:  Record your User name and Password

C.  Choose – Free Registration BidSync Link – BLUE on LEFT

Step 2 – Profile Information

You will need to provide complete your business profile information.  This includes verifying your FEIN or other such number, identifying the UNSPSC Classifications, acceptance of the State of California Use Policy, and verifying your registration status.  You will reach this section by following the below directions:

Log on at CA.GOV DGS (Department of General Services)

A.  Open the Access eProcurement (eP) menu

B.  Choose Login

C.  Login with your User name and password

D.  Find the PROFILES box on the left of screen just below the menu bar – choose The State of California and complete the profile information.

Step 3 – California Profile and Certification

The third part of the registration process is to determine if your business qualifies as a minority business.  The purpose is to improve business opportunities for minority, women, and veterans.  If you are a minority business, then you will want to complete the certification process for your business type using the below directions:

Log on at CA.GOV DGS (Department of General Services)

A.  Open the Access eProcurement (eP) menu

B.  Choose Login

C.  Login with your User name and Password

D.  Find the PROFILES box on the left of screen just below the menu bar – choose “Add SB/DVBE Certifications” and complete registration.

Please remember to refer to the CA.GOV DGS homepage for information concerning bid opportunities, statewide contracts, and other eProcurement resources.

In addition, you will be given the opportunity to sign-up for BidLync.  The difference between BidSync and BidLync is that BidSync is a FREE email notification service, and BidLync is a fee-based membership.  The only bid opportunities that you will be able to access with the free BidSync are the bids posted by agencies that have paid the membership fee to publicize their bid notifications.  Annual membership with BidLync provides access to bids posted by agencies that have NOT paid to publicize their bid opportunities.  Your annual membership provides access to 10s of thousands of additional bid opportunities through BidLync, an online catalog of regional, state, national, federal, military, and international bidding opportunities.  The registration fee begins at $379 and offers electronic bidding and procurement opportunities.  Remember, if you do not register with the BidLync program, then you can elect to be notified via email of bid opportunities, however, you will be denied access to the bidding process through the BidLync portal.

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