Doing Business with the State of Alabama
The Business View – October 2018 / Small Business Corner
It can be frustrating for a small business trying to land its first sale to a public institution, government agency or major corporation. One of the most helpful steps – meeting personally with the right person – is often the most difficult to take.
If you are looking for new markets, you should consider exploring how to do business with state government. Government agencies continue to look for innovative, reliable and competitive vendors who have know-how and can demonstrate more effective and efficient ways of satisfying the state’s buying needs.
According to the Alabama Department of Finance, the purchasing division is charged with meeting the needs of state agencies while ensuring the fairest and most transparent procurement possible. The website www.purchasing.alabama.gov (VSS or vendor self-service) is the communications platform between the vendor community and the state government entities.
This is the starting point if you are considering doing business with the state. Here you will find business opportunities and register as a state vendor. Once you become a subscribed vendor, you can sign up for notifications, information regarding bids, proposals, notice of awards and financial transactions.
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