The BuyBoard National Purchasing Cooperative helps save time and money while purchasing the products school entities use every day.
Developed to comply with state laws which require government entities to make purchases from an approved list of vendors who have gone through a competitive procurement process, BuyBoard gives school entities the advantage of leveraging the cooperative's ability to get volume discounts and combines it with the ease of online, web-based shopping and ordering. Purchase everything from pencils to modular classrooms, and everything in between.
What is BuyBoard?
The National School Boards Association collaborated with the Rhode Island Association of School Committees and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education to create the National Purchasing Cooperative's BuyBoard program.
Currently endorsed by several state school boards associations and administered by the Texas Association of School Boards, the program's purpose is to obtain reduced prices for its members through the benefits and efficiencies of a purchasing cooperative.
PSBA membership entitles your entity to become a BuyBoard member for free. Once you sign up for BuyBoard, your entity has the ability to make purchases from an approved list of vendors that have gone through a competitive bidding process.
A major benefit of this program is the opportunity to combine the cooperative's ability to get volume discounts with the ease of online shopping and ordering. Other benefits include:
- Power in numbers -- By combining the purchasing power of cooperative members, BuyBoard participants are able to leverage better pricing from vendors they may already use. The program also helps reduce administrative and resource time.
- Purchase with confidence -- BuyBoard features many well-known vendors on its product list. The cooperative analyzes and makes award recommendations for products and services that have been submitted for competitive procurement. All awarded products and services are posted on BuyBoard's secure website.
- Save time -- Contracts on BuyBoard have already undergone a competitive procurement process, which saves your entity time and the cost of bid preparation. A unique feature of BuyBoard is the Request for Quote (RFQ) function, an electronic request that permits your entity to select numerous vendors when submitting requests.
Another time-saving feature is the ability to shop and order online. Your entity can place orders online or fax purchase orders for same-day processing. Searches by vendor and product type can also be done online.
How to Join
To sign up for BuyBoard, visit www.buyboard.com and click on the "Entity Registration" tab found at the top of the page. Next, click on the "How to Join" link found next to the "Other States" headline. You then will find six steps to fully complete your program registration. A board resolution or board meeting minutes must be provided to join the program.
When your entity is ready to join the BuyBoard National Purchasing Cooperative, simply follow these six simple steps:
How to Sign Up for BuyBoard in Just Six Steps
If you'd like to see BuyBoard first-hand, visit the BuyBoard Demo Link.
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PSBA is also looking for vendor partners to join the BuyBoard program. If you are looking for new clients or to expand your exisiting sales territory, then BuyBoard may be right for you. Interested vendors are encouraged to sign up to the BuyBoard mailing list to be notified of a request for proposal opportunities. For more information, visit the BuyBoard Vendor FAQ page and learn more about the BuyBoard National Purchasing Cooperative.