Vendor Information Center
How to Do Business with the State of Texas
In fiscal 2014, Texas awarded more than $2 billion in contracts. With such a massive marketplace and billions of dollars in purchasing power, Texas offers abundant opportunities for vendors of a wide variety of goods and services, including minority- and women-owned businesses.
The Vendor Information Center offers manufacturers, suppliers and other vendors wishing to furnish supplies and services to the state the tools and information to participate in the supply side of state purchasing.
Note: In consideration of a contract award, vendors must be in good standing with the state, and if applicable, their franchise tax account status must be “ACTIVE.” (Review FAQs, the list of taxable entities, including Texas Franchise Tax Forms, and to confirm whether your business entity is subject to the franchise tax.)
Where to Start:
- Learn how Texas classifies your goods & services: Review the list of purchasing class and item codes that best represent your offerings. View class and item codes. Purchasers use these numbers to identify vendors in certain industries and to categorize products and services they are putting out for bid.
- Search the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD): State and local government purchasers post bid opportunites on ESBD - the state's search engine for bid opportunities. Companies can search by government agency or class and item number to find the newest bid postings statewide.
- Become a Texas vendor: Visit How to Receive Bids to learn how to register as a Texas Vendor on the Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL), plus how to become a certified Historically Underutilized Business (HUB).
Other Tools and Information:
- Vendor Advisory Committee - The purpose of the committee is to provide a forum for the vendor community to interact with the state purchasing division to share information and obtain vendor input on state procurement practices. A cross-section of the vendor community is invited to serve on the committee with CPA staff and includes both large and small businesses and vendors who provide a variety of different goods and services to the state.
- Vendor Performance Tracking