Vendors who would like to bid on city contracts for Grand Rapids, Michigan, must first register with the city’s Vendor Self Service portal. After registering, vendors will then begin to receive bid notifications for Invitations to Bid, Requests for Proposals and Request for Quotes. The portal also allows vendors to submit invoices and receive payment. Registering with the city is free and all a vendor needs to begin the registration process is either their tax identification number (TIN) or social security number. [i]
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