The City of Tempe Procurement Division believes in fair and open competition in all bidding and contracting activities and encourages maximum participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Minority Business Enterprises and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises. The Procurement Division is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., except city holidays. Visits to the Procurement Division by sales representatives are welcomed and encouraged.
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The City has developed a Handbook for Suppliers & Service Providers to acquaint suppliers with Procurement management policies and procedures.
Supplier Outreach Program
The City of Tempe has made it a key business goal to ensure that historically underutilized businesses are given every opportunity to participate in and benefit from the City's procurement program. Although a goal-based small/minority business program does not currently exist, the City does want to make every effort to involve this specific business group into the day to day procurement opportunities that become available.
The City has elected to define this business group as "historically underutilized businesses" or HUB suppliers. This group is made up of small business, woman-owned and minority-owned companies, partnerships and sole proprietorships.
One way to seek out this valued group of suppliers is to ensure that our Contract Officers and end-users throughout the City have access to a verifiable database from which these firms can be solicited for business opportunities. To that end, two websites have been linked to this page that can be used by City personnel to establish bid lists for the requirement needed. These lists are maintained by third party agencies who certify the firms that are listed. Either of the links will allow an end-user to enter a general description such as "painting, custodial, landscaping, legal services, etc." and quickly receive a sorted list of representative firms who may be contacted for price quotes.
The Procurement Division actively supports and participates in supplier trade shows conducted across the Valley to further expand opportunities to this supplier group.
Please feel free to contact Michael Greene, Procurement Administrator, (480-350-8516) if you would like to discuss this program in more detail.
The following links provide excellent sources for recruiting HUB suppliers:
Interested firms can self register for upcoming solicitation opportunities. Should you require any assistance with the process, or have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the City's Procurement Officers or Specialists for assistance.
Vendor must agree that they will comply with City Ordinance No. 02016.25 which requires vendors who are being recommended for award to provide evidence of their compliance with the City's anti discrimination policy - 'Vendors will not refuse to hire or employ or bar or discharge from employment any person, or to discriminate against such person in compensation, conditions, or privileges of employment because of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, familial status, age, disability, or United States military veteran status'. Vendor further agrees to provide documents in support of their compliance with the Tempe's anti discrimination Ordinance No. 02016.25.
Respected Procurement Professionals
The City Procurement Division at Tempe is a frequent recipient of the National Purchasing Institute's "Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award" and is commonly cited in professional publications for its "best practices" in public procurement. The Tempe Procurement Division maintains membership with the following trade groups:
- Associated Minority Contractors of Arizona
- Black Chambers of Arizona
- East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- One Community
- Pacific Southwest minority Supplier Development Council
- Tempe Chamber of Commerce
All City of Tempe Procurement Officers hold professional certification credentials insuring Tempe residents that they have the necessary competence and professionalism to perform their job duties while adhering to a Code of Ethics insuring ethical principals are followed throughout the procurement process.