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Doing Business with Palm Beach State College

There are many opportunities for vendors, contractors, and consultants to do business with Palm Beach State College. The College is committed to promoting and developing business relationships with a wide variety of businesses and ensuring that minority and women owned organizations have the chance to compete for a fair share of these opportunities.

Vendor Registration

Any vendor desiring to conduct business with the College must submit a completed vendor application and W-9 packet. Existing vendors that have changed address, changed business name or changed FEIN must also submit a new vendor application.

  • Review the information on this page.
  • Download and complete a Vendor Application
  • M/WBE or Small Business vendors should include a copy of their certification.
  • Vendors outside the United States should complete the IRS W-8 form instead of the W-9.
  • Fax the completed application and W-9 (or W-8) Form to 561-868-3460 or email to Purchasing.


Minority Vendors & Contractors

The College encourages and supports supplier diversity for qualified minority or women-owned Business Enterprises (W/MBE) in the procurement of goods, services, and construction-related activities but does not certify W/MBEs. Please complete the vendor application form indicating W/MBE status.

Forms

Vendor Application and W-9 packet
ACH Payment Authorization
Terms and Conditions, Purchase Order for Commodities and Services
Tax exemption certificate (Palm Beach State College)
W-9 form (Palm Beach State College)

 

Sales Calls & Purchasing Office Hours

Vendors are welcome to make sales calls but are advised to make an appointment with the Purchasing office prior to arrival. Direct contact with individual departments is not permitted unless prior arrangements have been made with the Purchasing office. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and summer office hours are Monday through Thursday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m, closed Fridays. The current College operating schedule can be viewed online.

 

Financial Obligations/Signatory Authority

Only duly authorized employees are permitted to financially obligate the College, as defined within Palm Beach State College Contract Procedures: President, Vice President of Administration and Business Services, Controller and Procurement Director. A valid Purchase Order or P-Card is required prior to receiving any goods or services.

 

Deliveries

Deliveries are to be made according to the Purchase Order for Commodities and Services Terms and Conditions.

Location maps for the receiving department on each campus can be obtained online.

 

Invoicing

Invoicing must be made according to the Purchase Order for Commodities and Services Terms and Conditions. After items have been delivered or services have been performed, invoices shall be sent to:

 

Palm Beach State College
Accounts Payable MS# 59
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33461

Accounts Payable Fax: 561-868-3093
Accounts Payable email: Payables@palmbeachstate.edu

 

For Prompt Payment:

  • Always include the purchase order number on all invoices.
  • Provide clear description of goods or services-mirror the purchase order description.
  • Include Federal Employer Identification Number (aka Tax I.D. number).
  • Do not include Florida sales tax; PBSC's tax exemption number is 85-8016364267C-6. Download the College's tax exemption certificate.

Questions regarding invoices? Call the Accounts Payable Coordinator at 561-868-3092

 

Bidding Process

The formal sealed bid or proposal process is used to purchase commodities and services with a value of $65,000 or more. Solicitations are prepared that include terms, conditions, specifications, and instructions for bidding. All documents, whether attached or incorporated by reference, are part of the solicitation package. Vendors are encouraged to read all instructions carefully. Failure to properly complete all bid forms and comply with all instructions may result in disqualification of the bid. Proposals or bids that are not signed, late or missing required documentation will be automatically deemed non-responsive.

All questions and correspondence regarding active proposals/bids must be in writing and directed to the Purchasing Department. Phone calls or faxed questions cannot be accepted.

The College reserves the right to reject all prposals/bids or parts of thereof when such rejection is in the best interest of the College. The right is reserved to award all proposals/bids on an item-by-item basis or aggregate basis, whichever is deemed in the best interest of the College. The College further reserves the right to reject all solicitations and not make an award, and may choose to cancel a solicitation or conduct a rebid. The College will not make an award to a person or firm that is currently debarred. These rights and restrictions apply to all purchases regardless of dollar value.

Current bid opportunities can be found online on the Competitive Solicitations page.

 

Code of Ethics

The Palm Beach State College Purchasing Department believes, and it is a condition of its membership in the National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP), that the following ethical principles should govern the conduct of every person employed by a public sector procurement or materials management organization:

  1. Seeks or accepts a position as head or employee only when fully in accord with the professional principles applicable thereto, and when confident of possessing the qualifications to serve under those principles to the advantage of the employing organization.

  2. Believes in the dignity and worth of the services rendered by the organization and the societal responsibilities assumed as a trusted public servant.

  3. Is governed by the highest ideals of honor and integrity in all public and personal relationships in order to merit the respect and inspire the confidence of the organization and the public being served.

  4. Believes that personal aggrandizement or personal profit obtained through misuse of public or personal relationships is dishonest and not tolerable.

  5. Identifies and eliminates participation of any individual in operational situations where a conflict of interest may be involved.

  6. Believes that members of the Institute and its staff should at no time or under any circumstances accept directly or indirectly, gifts, gratuities, or other things of value from suppliers which might influence or appear to influence purchasing decisions.

  7. Keeps the governmental organization informed, through appropriate channels, on problems and progress of applicable operations by emphasizing the importance of the facts.

  8. Resists encroachment on control of personnel in order to preserve integrity as a professional manager. Handles all personnel matters on a merit basis. Politics, religion, ethnicity, gender and age carry no weight in personnel administration in the agency being directed or served.

  9. Seeks or dispenses no personal favors. Handles each administrative problem objectively and emphatically without discrimination.

  10. Subscribes to and supports the professional aims and objectives of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.

 

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