Anchor alliance program partner

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Glossary

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

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Vendors: the businesses that provide the goods and services this institution needs. Once the vendor has registered with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, they are referred to as ‘Registered Vendors’.


Certified Vendors: these are vendors that are already registered and are certified as Micro/Small, Minority/Women or Veteran Business Enterprises. 


Invitation to Bid (ITB): a notification detailing the goods and/or services Miami-Dade County Public Schools is planning to purchase. These often include important information that a vendor needs to know in order to fulfill this request. The terms ‘Solicitation’ or ‘Bid Solicitation’ are also used and refer to the same thing.


Request for Proposal (RFP): the responses the institution has received from businesses for the solicitations it has posted. The terms ‘Bids’ and ‘Proposals’ are also used and refer to the same thing. 


Procurement: refers to both the department and the process of handling all purchases and relationships with vendors.  Procurement is handled through Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Procurement Management Services.

Special Tips

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

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Many anchors, including this one, use a service called BidSync to post new business opportunities. By registering with BidSync, you will be able to see new and existing opportunities for many organizations and institutions.

  • Create a free account on BidSync via this link. You will be asked to verify your email and select the types of goods and services your small business provides, then you can search each anchor partner individually.
  • Note: BidSync will only show certain opportunities via the free account, you may need to sign up for a paid account to see all solicitations. All opportunities for this anchor partner will be visible via the free account.

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 as a vendor by downloading and completing the vendor application form.

  • Note: Question 13 on the vendor application asks for Category Codes. Refer to this list to identify the appropriate code for the goods and services your small business offers.

Completed vendor applications should be submitted to vendors@dadeschools.net or can be faxed or mailed to the address provided on the application.

Additional information is available on Miami-Dade County Public Schools Vendor Information page.

Contact vendors@dadeschools.net with any questions.

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.

Miami-Dade County Public School administers and issues the following certifications

Small/Micro Business Enterprise

Minority/Women Business Enterprise

Veteran Business Enterprise

Once you have completed your vendor registration (see above), complete the small business certification application


Miami-Dade County Public Schools also accepts small business certifications from:

Miami-Dade County Small Business Certification Programs

Broward County Public Schools

Palm Beach County Public Schools

Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council 

More information on support for getting certified

Find Opportunities

How to find new opportunities

Miami-Dade County Public Schools posts solicitations on their website as well as BidSync.

Additionally, when you complete one of the Small Business Enterprise Certifications, you will receive bid opportunities directly via email. 

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.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools regularly hosts events in coordination with key departments (for example, IT or maintenance). View upcoming events here.

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

Small business owners are encouraged to contact the Office of Economic Opportunity for help and additional support.