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Sales Calls

The Purchasing Department staff is interested in vendor representatives making sales calls by appointment only. Sales calls on individual departments are allowed; however, appointments should be made in advance and departments are not allowed to purchase materials at the time a sales call is made. When making sales calls to the Purchasing Department, an appointment is required. If you need to cancel an appointment, you should notify the buyer of this cancellation as soon as possible.

Vendor Registration/Bid List

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Vendors are encouraged to visit our Miami Dade College Bids link to view open solicitations they may want to submit a response for. Please contact the Purchasing Department: (305) 237-2402, Vendor Line: (305) 237-0018.

A vendor may be temporarily or permanently removed from the vendor list as a result of:

  1. Failure to reply to three consecutive bid invitations for any commodity area (If you do not desire to bid), return the bid invitation indicating a "NO BID" and provide a short statement as to why you are unable to bid. No action will be taken and you will remain on the active bid list.

  2. Failure to make delivery as promised

  3. Substitution and/or inferior or subcontracted for merchandise

  4. Failure to make satisfactory adjustments.

Bidding process

Quotations may be obtained by telephone, fax machine, e-mail, or in writing. This method of obtaining pricing is usually limited to purchases under $25,000; however, it can also be used to confirm pricing on noncompetitive items. Vendors should make every effort to ensure that all pricing information, specifications, terms and conditions are made known to the buyer. Prices quoted by these methods must be good for at least 45 days.

Requests for bids are more formal methods for requesting pricing. This procedure is used for the purchase of items over $25,000. All information regarding the purchase is written and the bid package remains sealed until the opening date. Bids are opened at a date and time specified in the document. Three copies of the request are provided. Two copies are to be filled out and returned to the College in the envelope provided in the bid package and one copy is to be retained by the vendor. In the event that a vendor is bidding on items other than those specified in the bid, it is important that adequate information accompany the bid so that a fair evaluation can be made of any alternate item(s). The College will be the final judge as to the acceptability of any items bid.

Bid openings are open to the public. Vendors may attend the openings on the scheduled date and time. Since bids are a matter of public record, they may be viewed by vendors at any time; however, an appointment must be made with the buyer to review any bid results. Bid results may be given by phone, but the Purchasing Department takes no responsibility for any errors which may occur during the conversation.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) is another method of requesting pricing and is generally used for purchases over $25,000. This method usually contains special conditions and/or specifications which the vendor must take into consideration when giving a price. In this instance, the College will consider several criteria, which are listed in the document and pricing is not the sole determining factor of the award.

MDC Purchasing Card 

The College has established a procedure which authorizes College employees to purchase goods and services under $1,000 utilizing a "Visa" Purchasing Card.  Individuals who have been authorized to make these types of purchases will contact the vendor, request the items or services required and provide the vendor their purchasing card number.  Individuals may place orders in person, by phone, fax or on a secured internet site.  Orders may be picked up or shipped to the person placing the order. 

Terms and Conditions

Vendors are requested and instructed to read all terms and conditions and statements appearing on the forms used for obtaining pricing, particularly the Instructions to Bidders and Purchase Orders. The College adheres to these terms and conditions and also expects vendors to adhere to them. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY ALL OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THE COLLEGE DOCUMENTS PRIOR TO SUBMITTING YOUR BID.

All bids and requests for proposals must be received in the Purchasing Department prior to 3:00 p.m. on the scheduled opening date. The correct time will be that kept in the Purchasing Department. Any document received after the 3:00 p.m. deadline will be returned unopened. Receipt of the bid or proposal by any other department of the College is not acceptable.

Demonstrations, Trials, and Samples

Vendors are encouraged to make demonstrations available to College personnel as often as possible. Any equipment left at the College for demonstration or trial purposes shall remain the responsibility and property of the vendor. Any cost, which may be incurred by the College because of a demonstration or trial, shall be clearly detailed in writing to the Purchasing Department before the items/equipment to be demonstrated or tried are delivered to the College. Vendors are cautioned that notice of a trial or demonstration shall be given to the Purchasing Department prior to delivery. Any equipment which is left for a trial period must be removed by the vendor within 30 days. Trial periods should not exceed 30 days.

Samples which are requested by the Purchasing Department, to aid and assist in product evaluation, shall be supplied at no charge to the College and, if requested, will be returned at the vendor's expense.

Purchase Award

The College's acceptance of the bidder's offer, by the issuance of a purchase order or contract, creates a binding contract between the vendor and Miami-Dade College. All vendors must perform in accordance with the purchase order or contract notes and specifications, or they will be liable to the College for any damages caused by their breach. Once a purchase order and/or contract has been issued, no changes may be made in the terms and conditions of the original proposal submitted and accepted on commodities, goods or services.


Vendors are cautioned against making a delivery or performing a service for the College without having an authorized purchase order. If vendors supply items to College personnel without proper authorization, the vendor must assume the responsibility for collection of the payment of these goods or services from the individual with whom the transaction was made. However, for authorized purchases, deliveries shall be made to the address indicated on the purchase order or to other locations as authorized by the Purchasing Department or other College departments.


After items have been delivered or services have been performed, invoices shall be sent to:

Miami Dade College
Accounts Payable Department
11011 SW 104th Street
Miami, FL 33176

To ensure prompt payment of your invoice, the purchase order number must appear on your invoice. Failure to indicate the College purchase order number on your invoice will result in a delay of the payment and the possible return of the invoice.

Special Contract Purchases

According to College policy, the Purchasing Department is authorized to use State contracts, other Florida Community College or University contracts, School Board contracts, and County contracts. This procedure allows the College to waive competitive bidding as these contracts have already been bid. Substantial quantity savings are obtained by using these contracts since they are based on the requirements of other entities within the State of Florida.

Minority Vendors and Contractors

The College is committed to encourage utilization of minority and female-owned firms in the procurement of goods, services and construction-related activities in accordance with applicable law. Minority and female-owned firms should complete a vendor application which will be kept on file in the Purchasing Department. 

It is the policy of Miami-Dade College to provide minority and female-owned businesses with an opportunity to participate in construction-related services and contracts for the provision of commodities, contractual services and consulting services, and to encourage participation by such businesses. This policy will apply to all College procurement activities.

The College will seek active participation through advertisements, invitations to bid and requests for proposals for procurement activities, and by providing information to minority and female-owned businesses about the plans, specifications and requirements of contracts and projects at the College.

Purchases for Major Construction Projects: Facilities Management

The College's Office of Facilities Management works with project architectural firm or other architectural firms designated by the College in the processing and awarding of bids for major construction projects. Vendors interested in participating in these construction projects should file a vendor application with Miami-Dade College, Facilities Management, 11011 S.W. 104 Street, Miami, Florida 33176 (telephone number - 305-237-0564). These applications will be used to develop mailing lists for projects which are to be bid by either the College's project architectural firm or by other architectural firms involved in selected projects. 

Major construction and construction-related Bids, RFP's, and RFQ's are advertised in "The Daily Business Review" newspaper.

EA/EO Statement

Miami-Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution in compliance with ADA and does not discriminate because of veteran, marital or disability status or on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin or religion.

Do's and Don'ts for Bidding with the College


  1. Review previous bid documents and letter quotes to determine requirements and prices.

  2. Respond to all bids, even if it is a "NO-BID". Failure to respond will eventually lead to removal from the bid list.

  3. Submit all required documents requested in the bid form (catalogs, price sheets, drawings, etc.)

  4. When bidding alternates, bid only those alternates equal or better than the item(s) specified in the bid and be sure to include information/specifications on the alternate item.

  5. Sign all bid documents.

  6. Submit all bids on time. Allow sufficient time for the bid to arrive in the Purchasing Department.

  7. Contact the buyer and schedule an appointment to come to the Purchasing Department after bids have been opened to review competitor's bids.

  8. Fill all orders received on a timely basis and as specified.


  1. Don't bid on contracts which your company cannot complete or for which you cannot obtain the necessary bond.

  2. Don't qualify a bid against the terms and conditions of the bid proposal. Example: If a bid specifies a one year term, don't bid a six-month term.

  3. Don't supply misleading delivery information.

  4. Don't ask to change bid prices after the bid has been opened.

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