In the Access eProcurement (eP) box click on Register to create a new eP supplier Registration button.
Then open the California Supplier Registration button on the left side of page – this is a FREE Registration.
Step 2: Your Information –
You will need to complete the following information:
—Create your User Name and Password (Write down for further reference)
—Business ID Number
Then click on the Next Step button.
Step 3: Goods and Services –
First, select Primary Industry, then enter at least 3 keywords, and click SEARCH.
Check the box next to matching classification and click Add.
Mark the states where you conduct business.
UN-CHECK Include BidSync Links Plus Bids – because you are registering for the free service and BidSync Links Plus is a fee based subscription.
Click Complete My Registration.
Step 4: Supplier Registration Complete –
Now you have successfully registered with BidSync Links. You will be notified by email within one business day informing you that your account has been activated, or call BidSync Support at 1-800-990-9339 to activate your account immediately.
I became confused when I tried to register for the State of California Vendor’s list because I found myself leaving the state’s site only to be deposited on the BidSync Links website. To add to my dismay, I saw that I had two choices – a BidSync Links FREE registration (in blue) or a BidSync Links Plus $379+ Subscription (in orange). At this point I returned to the California website thinking that I had made a mistake. I soon learned that California, as well as over Utah and 300 other U.S. city and county agencies use BidSync as their online eProcurement management tool to develop, manage, analyze, post, and correspond with vendors about Request for Quotations. A BidSync Links account for these states is free. I am sharing my first experience with BidSync Links with you so that the process will go smoother for you. Although I am using the State of California for this example, the other states will be similar.
Registering with BidSync Links is the first step for vendors that wish to do business with any of the U.S. States the employ the BidSync Links system. I intend to cover the basic BidSync Links registration information. In the menu to the right, there are other articles which discuss in more detail the differences between BidSync Links and BidSync Links Plus.
Above, I have included a picture of the State of California’s Procurement Division web site. From here, I clicked the heading “Access eProcurement” and then clicked “Register to create a new eP supplier profile.” At this point, you will be on the first BidSync Links web page. Do not be confused because this is the correct path. The picture below is a snap shot of the page. Click to read more about BidSync Links FREE registration and BidSync Links Plus FEE subscription to help understand which option best fits your business.
BidSync Links FREE Registration (blue) or BidSync Links Plus Subscription Required (orange) – Click to enlarge
If you choose the FREE BidSync Links registration, then you will open the following web page and proceed with your BidSync Link FREE registration. You will be able to follow the registration instructions provided in Part 2 of this article.
BidSync Links Registration Page - Click to Enlarge
BidSync is an electronic bid notification service connecting vendors and suppliers to government agencies seeking to make purchases.
BidSync Links is an electronic bid notification and eProcurement services connecting vendors and suppliers to government agencies seeking to purchase products and services. BidSync contracts with many government agencies to announce and manage new bid/contract opportunities for large budget purchases requiring competitive bids. Many local cities, counties, state and federal offices, schools and universities, and military branches are some of the organizations posting their Request For Quotes – RFQs – with this online eProcurement agency. Vendors can register for email bid notifications. However, access to the RFQ information is often limited without also registering for BidSync Links Plus.
There are advantages for both purchasers and suppliers with the BidSync Links program.
The BidSync Links system helps purchasers with:
** Maintaining a supplier data-base
** Eliminates supplier bid mistakes for more accurate and complete bid offers
** Registered vendors can respond electronically
** Access to all BidSync registered suppliers
** Creating, posting and managing new bids,
** Maintains a thorough specification library
** Attaching support documentation
** Posting common questions and answers for bid
** Tracking when suppliers view the bid information or addendums
** Saves time and money by eliminating paper packets for suppliers and office documentation
** Saves bid documentation for seven years for future references
The BidSync Links system helps vendors with:
** Daily bid notification via email or fax
** Unlimited users per account
** Filter notifications by region
** Respond electronically (as allowed)
** Access BidSync Links in-network agency base
Whether you are a procurement agent or a vendor, you must first set-up a user account. If you are a procurement officer, manager, or buyer, then you will be able to create a RFQ.
Vendors will be notified by email of RFQ based on the commodity codes selected at registration.
The BidSync Links eProcurement notification system provides a bridge between vendors and suppliers to government agencies. With hundreds of new bid opportunities each day, the BidSync Links system matches the RFQ with the commodity codes for your business. The basic registration enables you to receive new bid notifications, however, to view and bid on most contracts, you will need to register with BidSync Links Plus.
It is that easy! Now, you have a current listing of all the bids, auctions, and sales for Oklahoma City with a URL link to the “Invitation to Bid” documentation at each listing. Remember to bookmark this site for future reference, but take time to look over all of the listings.
Let’s look at another example – return to the search results for
City of procurement
Choose a second listing – this is a click-able link for the second listing I have chosen
Isn’t that easy! This is a direct link to the City of Philadelphia Procurement Department. This page covers vendor registration, bidding, contract information, and current solicitation listings – with URL links to the “Invitation to Bid” documentation. Remember to bookmark this site for future reference, and take time to look over the bid opportunities.
Our third example demonstrates how to search for a service industry bid opportunities. Please clear your search bar so that you can enter:
City of procurement lawn services
Choose one of the listings – below is a click-able link for the example I have chosen
This link will take you to the City of West Palm Beach’s approved vendor list for lawn care maintenance companies. It also provides other value information for Doing Business with the City, current procurement opportunities, small business information, and contact information. Remember to bookmark this site for future reference if you live in this area.
It is that easy to locate procurement websites for local, county, and state agencies. You can substitute “purchasing” for “procurement” or add industry specific goods or services descriptive words. Choosing target search words will help you zero in on bid opportunities for your business. Also, some procurement websites have built-in subscription links, called RSS links, that will automatically send email notices when the postings are updated.
So, what does BidSync Links do? They do what you just did for 70,000 procurement websites everyday. BidSync is a clearing-house of information. They collect all new bid opportunities posted on the web, analyze these listings by geographic location, match the NIGP commodity codes to vendors, and sends out Request For Procurements to vendors registered with BidSync.
These new bid notifications come from two sources. The first source is from government agencies that have purchased and use the BidSync software for creating, organizing, managing, and paying for the bid contracts. All vendors that register for the FREE BidSync account can access these bid opportunities because the state or other agency has paid the software subscription.
The second source of bid notifications comes from the actual procurement websites, such as the Oklahoma City and the City of Philadelphia Procurement Departments, where new bid opportunities are listed. BidSync combs procurement sites looking for new Request For Proposals to report to registered vendors. BidSync Links subscribers receive notification of both types of bid notifications. However, only BidSync Links Plus subscribers/members have access to the bid notifications obtained by combing the procurement websites of NON-MEMBER government agencies, which is the method we used to find the bids for Oklahoma City and the City of Philadelphia.
Therefore, the question is, do you need to subscribe to BidSync Links Plus. The answer to that questions really depends on your business market. If your business provides goods and services to a regional area, then you may find that performing your own procurement searches enables you to target RFP for the products and services you offer in the geographic areas in which you desire to do business. If this is the case, then the free BidSync Links account will probably be sufficient.
If your company does business in more than one state or manufactures or distributes products in a large geographic area, then registering with BidSync Links Plus will probably be very beneficial. Remember, that BidSync is a clearing-house of information. They bring in new bid opportunities from all of the cities, counties, states, military, and the federal government agencies, digest geographic regions, and pair vendors with proper commodity codes, then send out email notifications. BidSync manages an enormous amount of information everyday. BidSync Links Plus membership offers valuable bid opportunities for many businesses.
Is BidSync Links Plus for right for your company? We hope this article will help you make a more informed decision. The video below explains BidSync Links Plus in more detail.