Welcome to the Office of Purchasing


OUR MISSION

Provides centralized procurement with integrity and transparency by promoting broad competition and using collaborative and cost effective methods to provide timely customer support.

OUR VISION
The Office of Purchasing shall foster a diverse workforce and vendor community, motivated by integrity and teamwork, to procure goods and services that increase operational readiness, embody innovative technology, enhance mission performance and drive efficiency and effectiveness.

MONTHLY VIRTUAL CLASSES

The office of Purchasing provides educational resources to advise and guide Local Howard County based businesses and EBO (Minority, Women-owned and Disabled-owned Business Enterprises) through the procurement process, vendor registration and how to get certified in the Howard County Local Business Initiative and Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) Programs.
 

OCTOBER 2020 VIRTUAL CLASS

The Howard County Office of Purchasing hosted a Virtual Class, reviewing our e-bidding and procurement process titled  "Vendor Registration in PlanetBids (PB System) and How to do Business with the County"

For vendors that were unable to attend the live Webex event on October 20, 2020, or those who would like to review the featured PowerPoint display,  the presentation can be viewed by clicking on this link.

 

NOVEMBER 2020 VIRTUAL CLASS

Topic: Local Business Initiative and Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) Certifications 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 

10:00 am – 11:00 am 

Join through WebEx Link and password provided below. No RSVP is required for this class. 

Meeting number (access code): 160 684 9027

Meeting password: 32zyJiZkQs5 

 

Join meeting

 

Tap to join from a mobile device (attendees only) 
+1-650-479-3207,,1606849027## Call-in toll number (US/Canada) 
Join by phone 
1-650-479-3207 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)  
Join from a video system or application
Dial 1606849027@howardcountymd.webex.com 
You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.  

Join using Microsoft Lync or Microsoft Skype for Business

Dial 1606849027.howardcountymd@lync.webex.com

 

DECEMBER 2020 VIRTUAL CLASS

Topic:  Vendor Registration in PlanetBids (PB System) and How to do Business with the County 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 

10:00 am – 11:00 am 

Join through WebEx Link and password provided below. No RSVP is required for this class. 

Meeting number (access code): 160 684 9027

Meeting password: 32zyJiZkQs5 

 

Join meeting

 

Tap to join from a mobile device (attendees only) 
+1-650-479-3207,,1606849027## Call-in toll number (US/Canada) 
Join by phone 
1-650-479-3207 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)  
Join from a video system or application
Dial 1606849027@howardcountymd.webex.com 
You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.  

Join using Microsoft Lync or Microsoft Skype for Business

Dial 1606849027.howardcountymd@lync.webex.com


AWARDS

 

Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award (OA4)
The Office of Purchasing holds re-accreditation from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. through June 2021. Accreditation requires the Office of Purchasing to evaluate its performance in areas such as authority, cooperative purchasing, audit, property management, standardization, automation and e-commerce every three years.

 

 

Achievement of Excellence in Purchasing
As part of the ongoing accreditation process, the Office of Purchasing was again awarded the National Procurement Institute’s Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award for the seventh consecutive year by the National Procurement Institute (NPI). The award is earned by demonstrating excellence in innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement and leadership attributes of the procurement organization.

 


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EBO and Veteran Businesses
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