RightSource advisers attended a recent session reviewing the purchasing process for the City of Moreno Valley, CA. These presentations are so helpful for the small business community while helping the City achieve its objective of having a diversified pool of vendors that can compete effectively to keep the City's costs low while delivering quality products and services. Below, I'll summarize some of the key takeaways and how they differ from other communities in California:
The City's purchasing department is expected to act as the liaison between departments and vendors.
The City classifies purchases into two large categories: Public Works (typically construction and repair) and Everything Else.
Public works definition: Construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or repair work done under contract and paid in whole or in part out of public funds. It can include preconstruction and post-construction activities related to a public works project.
For a full definition of public works refer to Labor Code section 1720. (www.dir.ca.gov.)
Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (UPCCA)
Overall Bidding Info
The City uses BidsOnline™ by PlanetBids™, a fully automated web-based vendor and bid management system. Registration is free. Go to the City of Moreno Valley website at: http://www.moval.org/index.shtml and register your business for portal access. The purchasing division of Moreno Valley is responsible for notifying departments of potential vendors when needs are identified, so it's important that they know who you are.
To make sure you are getting notices of upcoming bids, make sure you submit your capabilities statement to the purchasing division at:
Moreno Valley Public Website http://www.moval.org/
Purchasing Website http://www.moval.org/departments/financial-mgmt-svcs/department-purchasing.html
Requirements for City contracts:
Local Business Preference
The City does not have it's own set-aside or preferences, with the following exceptions:
Successful bidders may be required to furnish the following (depends on commodity codes - bonds are usually for construction):
Nuha Nazy is the President and Founder of RightSource Services. Nuha is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience building businesses that depend on talent and intellectual property development at their core.