A purchasing department is responsible for procuring necessary items for government operations. The purchasing department helps government agencies buy the products and services they need at competitive prices. Purchasing departments nearly always make their purchases based on a bidding system.
What do I need to do to become a vendor in my local area?
The answer depends on the area in which you live. In some areas and for some purchases, vendors don't need to submit an application to compete in the bidding process, but for most type of government products and services, vendors must be qualified through an application and registration process.
Do Purchasing Departments offer training programs for vendors that want to do business with the government?
Some do, and some don't. It's best to research the exact bidding requirements in your target marketplace before bidding.
Do companies need a business license in order to bid?
In most cases, the winning bidder will need to have a valid business license before bidding. Some purchasing departments only require a business license after a bid has been accepted.