- Where does the town buy the goods and services it requires for its operations?
Dedham purchases the services and commodities it requires from a wide range of suppliers, local and distant, following the state and local by-laws governing procurement. These regulations are in place to assist in obtaining the highest quality procurements at the lowest and best possible costs.
- How can I sell my goods or services to Dedham? The process involves several steps:
The first step is to make yourself known to the individuals who have the requirements. This would include a call or visit to the Business/Procurement Manager in the Town Administrator's office. She can find out who requires the particular goods and services in your area of interest and get back to you with names to contact. Make sure to leave your name, address and all necessary communication numbers used to reach you. In addition a "Line Card", product list, price list, or catalog would be helpful. Many common commodities are used in quantities sufficient to obtain annual competitive bids or quotations for later procurement under blanket contract purchase orders.
The second step is to participate in responding to any request for quotation or bids of items that you sell. The town requires the services of many different trades, some requiring licensing. If you hold expertise and/or a license in one of these specialties you may wish to inquire about the annual service contracts in your area of specialization. You should watch the legal advertisements in the local newspapers for bidding activity on specific procurements.
The next step is to maintain periodic contact with users or potential users of your product and the Business/Procurement Manager by supplying product updates, price changes and other data to these individuals.
- What's the best time to do all this?
Procurement activity is going on all the time. The town's fiscal year runs from July 1st to the following June 30th with state and local bidding activity occurring in January through May for the next fiscal year.