The City has been utilizing an e-procurement system called Onvia DemandStar for the past eight years to notify suppliers electronically of bid opportunities. Additionally, the City has listed bid opportunities on the City’s Web site (cityofls.net) and mailed bid notification postcards to suppliers who were on the City’s “Vendor List” for specific goods and services.
Beginning April 1, 2010, the City will eliminate the process of mailing bid notification postcards to suppliers. Elimination of the postcards will enhance the City’s bidding process as well as provide cost savings to taxpayers by reducing postage and card stock costs, as well as save staff valuable time.
The City’s Purchasing Department in conjunction with the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce will provide training sessions to assist firms that are not enrolled in DemandStar on the following dates:
- Tuesday, February 9 at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Lee’s Summit City Hall’s Howard A conference room, 220 SE Green St.
- Thursday, February 25 at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Lee’s Summit City Hall’s Howard A conference room, 220 SE Green St.
Registration and membership with DemandStar is Free. Chamber membership in not required to attend the training sessions. The link to the sign-up sheets for these training sessions is provided below.
Several of the City’s current suppliers are already registered with DemandStar to receive notification of the City’s bid opportunities that directly affect the commodities and services those suppliers offer. If your company is not currently registered with DemandStar now is the time to do so. For more information about DemandStar, please view the link on the City’s Web site under the Main tab, click Business With the City and select Contracts, Vendors and Bids.
During July/August 2010 the City will begin taking steps to conduct all of its bids paperless via DemandStar and begin wider use of electronic payments via Purchasing Cardless Accounts.
For more information, contact the City’s Purchasing Department at (816) 969-1080.