Access vetted vendors to save time and money buying items.

Resource takes the hassle out of purchasing the items you need, saving you both time and money in the process.

The Cooperative Purchasing Connection allows organizations to buy from vetted vendors at competitive prices, many of whom already meet state bid requirements. Learn best practices from over 100 product and service experts in various areas.

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Cooperative Purchasing

The Cooperative Purchasing Program offers members a wide range of high-quality products and services at discounted rates. By combining the purchasing power of all members, you receive volume pricing on quality products and services from reputable vendors. We work WITH vendors FOR members. View our Cooperative Purchasing Connection Contract Catalog.

Membership is open to:

  • Schools
  • Cities, counties, governmental agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations and other partnership agencies

Satisfying Minnesota competitive bidding requirements

Vendors we provide are the result of either formal bids (identified as State Bid or SB) or negotiated contracts (identified as Preferred Vendors or PV).

The contracted SB vendors are established through formal bids and purchasing from them satisfies Minnesota competitive bidding requirements, regardless of the amount of the purchase. The ability to do so is outlined in Minnesota Statutes123A.2 and 471.345.

The combination of these two statutes gives members the ability to purchase from contracted vendors while remaining in compliance with the Minnesota competitive bidding requirements.

Express

The Express Online Marketplace brings you the ease and convenience of ordering from multiple vendors on one site while knowing that the contracts you are purchasing from have been chosen according to state purchasing regulations.

Search for products in the following categories:

  • Building and grounds
  • Classroom supplies
  • Office supplies
  • Technology

For more information please contact our CPC Program Representative, Jerome Evans. Or if you're ready to get started Sign up online! 


Jerome Evans

CPC Program Representative

(651) 371-1258

jerome@purchasingconnection.org

Purchasingconnection.org

We offer members a wide range of high-quality products and services at discounted rates.

By combining the purchasing power of all Members, we can achieve volume pricing on quality products and services from reputable vendors. We work with the vendors but FOR the Members.

Our Cooperative Purchasing Program offers members a wide range of high-quality products and services at discounted rates. By combining the purchasing power of all Members, we can achieve volume pricing on quality products and services from reputable vendors. We work with the vendors but FOR the Members.

Membership is open to:

  • Schools
  • Cities, Counties, Governmental Agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations and other partnership agencies.

Satisfying Minnesota competitive bidding requirements.

Vendors we provide are the result of either formal bids (identified as State Bid or SB) or negotiated contracts (identified as Preferred Vendors or PV).

The contracted vendors we have known as State Bid or SB vendors are established through formal bids and purchasing from them satisfies Minnesota competitive bidding requirements - regardless of the amount of the purchase. The ability to do so is outlined in Minnesota Statutes123A.2 and 471.345.

The combination of these two statutes gives members the ability to purchase from contracted vendors while remaining in compliance with the Minnesota competitive bidding requirements.

View our Cooperative Purchasing Vendor Directory.

Express Purchasing Connection

Express brings you the ease and convenience of ordering from multiple vendors on one site while knowing that the contracts you are purchasing from have been chosen according to state purchasing regulations.

Search for products in the following categories:

  • Building & Grounds
  • Classroom Supplies
  • Office Supplies
  • Technology

The easiest way to sign up at the Cooperative Purchasing Express website:

  1. Go to cpcexpress.org
  2. On the left side of the page and 2/3rd down is a blue "register now" button. Click it.
  3. Fill out the form - There are six parts of the form you must complete. They all have asterisks on them. The rest of the parts are optional. Notice that when you put down your school or CCOGA name a drop down list comes up of all the eligible organizations. You can use this to finish your organization name.
  4. You will get a confirmation email shortly. Click on the verification link and then you can jump right in and start shopping!

Any questions?

Please contact us at express@purchasingconnection.org or by phone at (888) 739-3289.

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