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Doing Business With Columbus State

Photo of womanThe college intends that its purchasing be conducted in accordance with State laws and college policies and procedures such that students, staff, faculty and taxpayers receive full value for each dollar of public funds spent. The college's procedures conform to open, ethical and sound procurement policies. Qualified suppliers are invited to compete for the colleges business, which consists of a variety of goods and services.  

The purchasing function is decentralized with the majority of the vendor selection decisions being made at the department level. Making the initial contact with the appropriate buyer is a critical first step to successfully participating in the procurement process.

Marketing products and services
Bid limits
Minority/disadvantaged suppliers
Purchasing ethics
Buying consortiums  

Marketing Products 

Suppliers should consider marketing products and services directly to departmental "end users." Campus departments determine which supplies, equipment and services to purchase and are instrumental in initiating specifications for the products or services they require. Click here for a list of contact persons by commodity.   


Suppliers should use metered parking spaces on campus. Frequent visitors may obtain a parking pass from the Public Safety department. Contact the Purchasing Office for assistance with obtaining a vendor parking pass. See office hours and location for a detailed parking map. 

Bid Limits 

Purchases exceeding $24,999 for goods and $49,999 for services are competitively bid with a minimum of three bids solicited. Purchasing may require competitive bids for purchases less than $24,999 for goods and $49,999 for services if it is in the best interest of the college. Orders may not be split to circumvent the bid limit.

Minority/Disadvantaged Suppliers 

The college strongly supports having a diverse supplier base. Minority/disadvantaged vendors are encouraged to participate in the purchasing process. Vendors should keep the college informed of their ownership category and products/services offered.

Purchasing Ethics 

All purchasing office employees, all other college personnel authorized to conduct purchasing activities and vendors the college does business with, must adhere to the principles and standards of the Ohio Ethics Law. It is contrary to college policy for any employee to accept any gratuities, premiums or other incentives. As a member of the National Association of Educational Buyers, the college also subscribes to their code of ethics. Each employee involved in the expenditure of public funds is held to the highest degree of public trust.  

Buying Consortium Contracts 

The college is a member of several buying consortiums that competitively bid goods and services. Purchases made off State, Inter-University Council (IUC), General Services Administration (GSA), Educational & Institutional Cooperative (E&I) and Ohio State University contracts are exempt from competitive bidding