Anchor alliance program partner

Florida International University

Glossary

This Anchor Alliance Partner uses the following language when communicating about business opportunities.

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Suppliers, Vendors or Bidders: used interchangeably, these are the businesses that register with this institution to provide the goods and services it needs.

Competitive Solicitations: description and details regarding the goods and/or services totaling $75,000 or more they are planning to purchase along with any important information that a supplier/vendor/bidder needs to know in order to fulfill this request.

Request for Quotes (RFQ): description and details for goods and/or services under $75,000. 


Bids: the responses the institution has received from businesses for the solicitations or RFQs it has posted.

Procurement or Purchasing: used interchangeably, both terms refer to the department handling all purchases and relationships with supplier/vendors/bidders.


Special Tips

Additional information that can help you get started with anchor partners.

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FIU Procurement has an open door policy. Vendors can visit the  campus or set appointments with the designated buyer for their area of interest.  

Some anchors, including this one, ask that you submit a DUNS number when registering. A DUNS number is a nine-digit identifier issued by Dun & Bradstreet, a well-known business credit bureau. 

  • Look up your company’s DUNS number or request one by visiting Dun & Bradstreet.


About this toolkit and other Anchor Alliance partners

Review information about the Anchor Alliance toolkit or select another partner below to learn about other business opportunities.

Get Ready To Do Business

Register

Start by registering with FIU’s Purchasing Services:

Step 1: Gather the documents and information you will need

Step 2: Visit FIU’s Supplier Registration Portal and register your business

Reach out to vendors@fiu.edu with any questions you may have.


Special Certifications

Certain small businesses may be eligible for certifications that help them be more competitive as vendors. Examples include minority-owned or women-owned business certifications, or certifications for businesses located within designated zones.

Many anchor partners accept certifications from other entities and/or offer their own certification program. See below for information on the certification this institution works with and how to get your business certified.

More information on support for getting certified

Find Opportunities

How to find new opportunities

Requests for goods and/or services are publicly posted to FIU’s Business Opportunities page. 

This information is further broken down into two categories:

  • Services or products totaling $75,000 or more. Note:  You will need to complete an additional registration on their solicitation platform (it’s called Jaggaer) in order to respond to a solicitation of $75,000 or more. 
  • Services or products under $75,000

Successful Bids

See examples of successful past proposals that were awarded a contract:

Matchmaking

This Anchor Alliance Partner hosts or participates in ‘matchmaking events’ where you can meet and talk with representatives from different departments.

FIU hosts one large matchmaking event a year. Information about this event is upcoming.

Build Relationships

Connect with procurement professionals

Developing and maintaining positive relationships with representatives in various departments within this institution could help you resolve problems more quickly and ultimately be more successful.

Get support with certifications and other opportunities