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Doing Business with Cal Poly

Thank you for your interest in doing business with the Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo.

Please click here to view current bidding opportunities

In order to receive bid notifications as a current vendor or register as a vendor you must register with our e-Procurement system – Public Purchase. This process will only take a few minutes. Please follow the two-step process below to register with Cal Poly.

Step 1

Your first step should be to register as a vendor through Public Purchase. If you are already registered with Public Purchase please skip this step and proceed directly to step two. Once registered you will receive an activation email from advising that your account is activated (Note: be sure to add this email address to your contacts to avoid bid notifications being sent to your junk folder rather than your inbox). It can take up to 24 hours for your account to become active.

Step 2

Once you have received your activation email from Public Purchase use the link provided in the email, log into Cal Poly, SLO Public Purchase homepage. You will need to register with Cal Poly and select the NIGP Commodity Codes that relate(s) to your business, complete the Vendor Information Sheet and select Business Type in order to receive email notifications of future bid opportunities.

It is important that you complete step two of the registration process (register with Cal Poly) or you will not receive notifications of upcoming bid opportunities. It is your responsibility to keep your vendor information updated in Public Purchase, particularly your contacts and email addresses.

Procurement Services for Cal Poly

All purchases made by the University are managed by Procurement Services. The University’s purchasing functions are centralized with Procurement Specialist responsible for all managed purchasing decisions. The Procurement staff is responsible for executing contracts in accordance with State of California law, California State University policy and campus policy which govern the bidding process based on the dollar value of the purchase.

Vendors are reminded that only Procurement Specialist has the authority to legally obligate the University for any purchases or contracts. Unauthorized purchases will not be honored by the University.

Catering Application Process

Cal Poly is accepting applications for the upcoming academic year (August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019) for off-campus catering vendors to provide services on campus. With the option of utilizing outside catering vendors, in addition to the services of University Catering, we are pleased to provide our campus community with added flexibility and variety.

Please open the links below using Adobe Acrobat/Reader for the Application, Requirements, and Terms and Conditions, based on your application status.

Applications will be accepted until July 15, 2018.

If you have any questions or would like to pick up an application in person, please contact the Procurement Services Department at 805-756-2232. Thank you.

Application Forms and Information

New Applicants

Renewing Applicants

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