Doing Business with UMass Lowell

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Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Lowell! Whether you are already a valued business partner, or anticipate doing business with the University in the future, we hope you will find the following information informative.

The University's purchasing mandate is to maximize the value of this spending through competitive bids, efficient purchasing procedures, and the use of state-of-the-art information systems including eProcurement. Procurement rules and guidelines are defined by University Board Policy and University President's guidelines. In short, the policy states that the University shall obtain all goods and services at the best overall value to the University. In complying with this policy, the cost of acquisition, required delivery window, and other pertinent factors shall be considered. All procurements must (1) have prior approval from the relevant University department; and (2) have appropriate delegation and signatory authority in accordance with University policies, and campus and President's Office procedures to bind the University.

To maximize vendor competition and volume discount purchases, departments shall make use of campus, University, and state or publicly-bid consortia contracts such as Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) and Educational & Institutional Cooperative (E&I) whenever appropriate and practicable.

To encourage open and fair competition, advertisement for and receipt of competitive bids shall be used whenever practicable, or when required by law. The University's commitment to the principals of Affirmative Action shall be applied to purchasing with the objective of achieving and fostering greater minority and women-owned business enterprise participation and encouraging socially or economically disadvantaged business owners to respond to invitations to bid on University business.

We encourage your business to explore the opportunities with these groups to make your goods and services available to the University.