Minority & Women-Owned Businesses (M/WBE)
Good faith efforts will be made to solicit quotes and bids from minority and women-owned businesses. However, contracts will not be awarded to M/WBE's who do not submit the lowest responsible responsive quotes or bids. The Purchasing Manager shall keep the departments informed of any new M/WBE businesses.
Competitive Bid Procedures:
Purchases $1,000 - $4,999 – Three verbal quotations may be taken in person or by telephone. Quotations should be for like items, equal quantities, and at the delivered price.
Purchases $5,000 - $49,999 – Informal bid procedures will be followed on contracts for the following: 1) purchases or lease-purchases of apparatus, supplies, materials, or equipment expected to require expenditure equal to or greater than $5,000, but less than $50,000; 2) construction or repair work when expenditures of $5,000 to $100,000 are involved (G.S. 143-131).
Purchases $50,000 and above - Formal bid procedures are used for purchase or lease-purchase of apparatus, supplies, materials, or equipment expected to require expenditure equal to or greater than $50,000 and for construction or repair work requiring the estimated expenditure of $100,000 or more (G.S. 143-129).