Cooperative Purchasing

About Cooperative Purchasing

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 vendors FOR members.

Membership is open to:

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

Satisfying Minnesota competitive bidding requirements
The vendors we recommend come to you via formal bids (identified as State Bid or SB) or negotiated contracts (identified as Preferred Vendors or PV). Purchasing through contracted vendors satisfies Minnesota competitive bidding requirements, regardless of the amount of the purchase. Purchasing this way is outlined in Minnesota Statutes123A.2 and 471.345.

When members purchase from contracted vendors within these two statutes, they remain in compliance with the Minnesota competitive bidding requirements. Links: Cooperative Purchasing Vendor Directory Express Purchasing Connection 

Learn more about this or call (888) 739-3289. 

Cooperative Purchasing Vendors

See the list of vendors available through the Cooperative Purchasing program at purchasingconnection.org. The Express Cooperative Purchasing Connection 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. Check out the list of vendor categories we have available:

AthleticsBuildings & Grounds

Classroom SuppliesCopiers

Food & Kitchen SuppliesFurniture

Interactive White BoardsOffice Supplies

SecurityServices

Software & Web BasedTechnology Equipment & Supplies

Vehicles

We'd also like to remind you of a local vendor that only Resource members have access to: 

Batteries + Bulbs of St. Cloud

Batteries Plus Bulbs of St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids is a locally-owned business that provides batteries and lighting solutions. As a preferred vendor, Resource members receive a 10% discount on batteries and lighting supplies. Batteries Plus Bulbs also makes repairs on many devices within 24 hours and has inventory on hand.

Express Cooperative 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 and grounds
  • Classroom supplies
  • Office supplies
  • Technology

Sign up or call for more information: (888) 739-3289.