Unfortunately, this Bid/RFP opportunity will only be available to reprographics companies who are “certified” as Minority and/or Women Owned Businesses.
To Reprographers out in the Denver, CO area, you need to lobby your elected representatives to open up reprographics services Bid/RFP opportunities to “all” qualified vendors!
In this day and age, when government agencies ARE SUPPOSED TO BE dedicated to finding ways to save taxpayer dollars, it is, to me unconscionable for government agencies, who spend taxpayer dollars, to limit competition on Bid/RFP opportunities (of any kind) to “only” M/WBE certified vendors.
Suggest to your elected representatives – and to the agency purchasing goods and services – that, if they have to offer an advantage to M/WBE vendors, that advantage should be a “bid preference” rather than a total lockout of non-certified vendors.
For example, the City of Orlando (FL), in its prior procurements of reprographics services, provided for a “bid preference” for MBE certified vendors. That bid preference was equal to 5% of the total bid. If a non-certified vendor bid, say, $100,000, then a certified vendor’s bid, to win the bid, would have to come in at or under $104,999. Although I don’t like the “bid preference” method, at least it does not unfairly “lock out” all from competing for the work.
Upcoming RFP/Bid Opportunity, posted on Jan 6, 2012:
Denver International Airport – Business Services
Project: STRP (Parsons); Printing, Binding & Reprographics Services
Description: Provide Printing, Binding and Reprographics Services for the STRP Project (this will be a Direct Solicitation to only M/WBE firms.)
Anticipated Date: April 12, 2012
Projected Value: $20,000.