State of Texas CO-OP Purchasing

Cooperative purchasing offers an excellent entry into the public-sector market, especially for very small businesses looking to establish a standing in State and Federal business. It can also be the first step toward being TXMAS ready and earning an opportunity to serve customers throughout Texas, selling through a variety of contracting vehicles. To get started, you first need to understand what is out there.

A purchasing cooperative is a type of agreement among several organizations—often including County, State, and local Governments; educational facilities; and certain nonprofit organizations—that band together to purchase every kind of goods and services imaginable. Because the cooperative includes many members and creates a larger demand, it creates economies of scale, allowing members to get lower prices from selected suppliers. So who buys from here? We have compiled a list of Co-op members here.

This list includes counties, municipalities, schools, colleges, and universities that can sign a multiple-jurisdictional agreement allowing them to legally use a contract that was procured by another governmental entity. Examples include the Texas BuyBoard, which has reciprocal cooperative agreements with comparable entities in other states, forming a National Purchasing Cooperative.

What is Texas Buy Board?

This National Purchasing Cooperative is a $43- billion national online purchasing channel that enables approved vendors to sell products or services to a nationwide network in Texas, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Washington. If you are interested in becoming a contractor on TXMAS, the State of Texas Multiple Award schedule (analogous to GSA at the Federal level), obtaining a BuyBoard contract is the first step toward being TXMAS ready and earning an opportunity to serve customers throughout Texas, selling through a variety of contracting vehicles.

More Alternatives

In addition to BuyBoard, there are two Texas-based other cooperative purchasing agreements that offer access to additional markets around the nation are the H-GAC Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Cooperative Purchasing program and the Purchasing Association of Cooperative Entities (PACE).

In the Houston Area, the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) participates in three procurement cooperatives that offer more than 275 vendor contracts commodities.

  • Choice Facility Partners
  • Gulf Coast Cooperative
  • HCDE Purchasing Cooperative.

Schools, colleges and universities, municipalities, counties, municipal utility districts and other governmental entities sign an interlocal contract with HCDE to become members that can access any of the multitude of competitively bid and legally awarded contracts available through their cooperatives.

When considering if pursuing these state and local contracts is right for you, make sure do your market research. See if your competitors are already coop members by visiting the Centralized Master Bidders List.   If you have any questions about how we can assist you with your development in this arena, don’t hesitate to contact Coley.

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