Virginia Procurement Overview
If you are interested in doing business with the Commonwealth, the Crater Procurement Assistance Center can assist you with the following:
Sell to the Commonwealth
Each year, the Commonwealth of Virginia purchases more than $5 billion in materials, equipment, supplies, printing, and professional and non-professional services. As such, anyone who sells goods or services is a potential vendor.
Virginia Business Opportunities lists all major products and services that state agencies and localities are purchasing on the Virginia Business Opportunities (VBO) website. At this site you can see major goods and services that state agencies and localities are purchasing. In a typical week, 125 to 200 solicitations are displayed - and solicitations are added daily. The site provides the buyer's name and contact information for each item listed, and you can sort the opportunities by category, agency, buyer, or locality.
Awards are made using one of the following six methods of procurement:
Agencies will purchase non-technology goods and printing up to $50,000.
The Division of Purchases and Supply (DPS), the Commonwealth's central office for buying non-technology materials, equipment, supplies, and printing, normally will purchase these items for state agencies when the estimated cost exceeds $50,000. It also establishes statewide contracts for frequently used goods and some services which are also available for use by localities and other public bodies.
DPS as well as state agencies and some localities use its electronic procurement solution, eVA, to identify vendors and advertise solicitations. Vendors who register in eVA will receive automatic notification of solicitations, if they prefer. In addition, they will receive any changes to the solicitations and most of all, be able to respond to solicitations online, saving mailing and delivery costs at the same time. Registration with eVA is a prerequisite to being awarded a contract.
Agencies have unlimited delegation for non-technology nonprofessional services. Nonprofessional services include all services not defined as professional services (see Professional Services below).
Vendors should work with agencies as they would with any other client; that is, letting the purchasing people know who you are and what you have to offer. This will help ensure you will be contacted when bids and proposals are solicited.
In purchasing non-technology goods and printing or nonprofessional services, the Division follows these guidelines:
Purchasing Professional Services
Usually, each state agency contracts directly for professional services. So any firm that wants to submit proposals in these areas should contact the appropriate agency.
The Commonwealth normally purchases professional services through competitive negotiation. By law, only the following are defined as professional services:
If you want to learn more about e-VA and how to use e-VA go to e-VA training.
The Ariba Supplier Network gives companies a comprehensive, shared eBusiness solution that automates and streamlines business processes, from trading partner discovery to transaction management to financial settlement..
By connecting buyers, suppliers, and service providers across multiple systems and processes, the Ariba Supplier Network helps organizations eliminate the complexity and expense of interacting through manual or point-to-point solutions and drives effective business collaboration for both buyers and suppliers.
Crater Procurement Assistance Center