State of California

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The State of California purchases a wide variety of goods and services ranging from pencils to temporary labor.  Annual purchases total almost $10 billion.  The Procurement Division (PD) is the central purchasing authority for all State departments, agencies, institutions, community colleges, technical institutes and city or local boards of education.

Handy Links!
Current Bids for State of California http://www.bidsync.com/DPX?ac=powersearch&srchoid_override=307818

Office of Small Business and DVBE Services (OSDS): the State’s certifying agency that administers the Small Business and DVBE Certification Programs. http://www.dgs.ca.gov/pd/Programs/OSDS.aspx

Small Business Certification Eligibility Requirements & Benefits http://www.dgs.ca.gov/pd/Programs/OSDS/SBEligibilityBenefits.aspx
Resources: http://www.dgs.ca.gov/pd/Resources.aspx
eProcurement (eP): a one-stop shop for bidding and viewing state contracts handled by the Procurement Division. http://www.dgs.ca.gov/pd/Programs/eprocure.aspx

New eP Supplier Profile Registration: https://www.bidsync.com/Links
For assistance, use the Registration Instructions.

How to Register for eP?

Step 1: Log on to www.eprocure.dgs.ca.gov
In the Access eProcurement (eP) box click on Register to create a new eP supplier profile.
On the next page, click on the California Supplier Registration button on the left-hand side of the page. This is a Free Registration.

Step 2: Your Information
Enter your Main Contact and Company Information, including Time Zone. Create your User Name and Password. Write these down and keep them in a secure location. Enter your Business ID Number if you have it. Click Next Step.

Step 3: Goods and Services
Select Primary Industry, enter at least three keywords and click Search.
Check the box next to the matching classifications and click Add.
Under where do you do business select California Only.
UNCHECK Include BidSync Links PLUS Bids (Recommended)- this is BidSync’s fee-based service.
Click Complete My Registration.

Step 4: Supplier Registration Complete
You will receive an email within one business day informing you that your account has been activated.
You may call BidSync Support at 1-800-990-9339 to activate your account immediately.

How to Get Certified with the State of California?
Must Register with eP first!

Gather the following documents, then follow the application process:

  • Applicant/Affiliate Federal Tax Returns for three most recent tax years
  • Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
  • Secretary of State Number
  • Home address of Officers, Member/Manager and Partners
  • Dunn & Bradstreet Number (if applicable)
  • Contractors State License Board Number (if applicable)
  • Keywords (Since you are limited to 255 characters, do NOT use periods or commas and do NOT repeat words.)

Step 1: Log on to www.eprocure.dgs.ca.gov
In the Access eProcurement (eP) box, click Login. Enter your user name and password. https://www.bidsync.com/DPX/ca/cdgs?ac=logout&rfpdheaderoverride=dgs
Step 2: Accept the BidSync User Agreement.
Step 3: Close the California Setup box.
Step 4: Click Tools on the Tools bar
Step 5: Under Profile Setup, Notifications, click Edit and change “Send me exclusive special offers and promotions” to Never.
Step 6: Under Profile Setup, Agency, click Edit and deselect everything except State.
Step 7: Under Optional Profile Setup, click Edit and enter a keyword in the first box and click Search. Search results appear in the section below. Check at least one UNSPSC classification code and save at bottom.
Step 8: Under Company Keyword Search Terms click Edit and enter a few keywords describing what your company does. Click Confirm
Step 9: At the top of Account Profile Page, click HOME.
Step 10: Under Profiles, click The State of California.
Step 11: Under Profile Information, click Edit for Identification Number. Enter either your social security number or your Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). Do NOT use hyphens.
Step 12: Under Profile Information, click Edit for The State of California Use Policy and enter your password and Accept
Step 13: Under Registration Status, click Submit Registration.
(You should get Registered in your status block.)
Step 14: Under Certifications, click Register your business. This takes you to the on-line application for California Small Business and DVBE certification.

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