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Doing Business in the State of Georgia and the Cities of Johns Creek, Smyrna, and Dunwoody


Doing Business in the State of Georgia and the Cities of Johns Creek, Smyrna, and Dunwoody

Georgia, also known as the Peach State, is the eighth-most populated state in the U.S. with a population of over 10 million. What makes Georgia such a great place for vendors to start doing business with public agencies is the wide variety of products and services their state and local procurement departments buy. Some examples of these products and services include:

With such a variety of products and services needed to keep their economy flowing, Georgia is a great place to start bidding in the public sector.

Doing Business with the State of Georgia

When looking to start doing business with the State of Georgia, the first place to visit is their state purchasing website. There you can find information on registrations, purchasing policies, small businesses, bidding and more. In order to bid on opportunities and use the state online bidding portal, you first need to register as a vendor. Once registered, the next step is to understand the purchasing requirements that apply to each dollar threshold:

  • $24,999 or less – handled directly by the business owner. 3 quotes must be obtained from vendors
  • $25,000 or more – must be competitively bid

Posting Guidelines:

  • Sole source solicitations between $25,000 - $249,999 must be posted for a minimum of 5 business days
  • Sole source solicitations $250,000 or more – must be posted for a minimum of 15 calendar days

Solicitation Types:

  • Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Request for Quotation (RFQ)
  • Request for Qualified Contractor (RFQC)
  • Request for Information (RFI)
  • Sole Source – should only be applied in situations where there are clearly no other alternatives for obtaining goods and services

(Source: Georgia Procurement Manual (GPM). (Published 2018, May). 21 May. 2020. http://pur.doas.ga.gov/gpm/MyWebHelp/GPM_Main_File.htm)

Disadvantaged Business Certification

The only special business certification offered by the State of Georgia is for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) and the certification program is  administered by Georgia’s Department of Transportation (GDOT). You can also specify your business as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) once your DBE certification is approved. Information on MBE’s can be found here. Georgia does not have a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification requirement, but businesses can self-report to designate themselves as an SBE.

Once your business is ready to start bidding, you can view Georgia’s Bid Opportunities page and start looking at what opportunities fit well with your business.

Bidding in the City of Johns Creek

If you’re interested in doing business with the City of Johns Creek, it’s never too late to get started. By visiting their procurement website, you can find out everything you need to know to help bring your business to the next level. To get your business started, you will first need to obtain a business license for the City of Johns Creek. Then you will need to register as a vendor through the Georgia Purchasing Group on BidNet Direct. There you can register as a vendor in the City of Johns Creek and gain access to RFP’s and bid opportunities that are posted. Each city utilizes different procurement methods and thresholds that are important for each business to understand. For the City of Johns Creek these include:

  • Purchases between $501 - $5,000 – classified as small purchases. Bids are solicited informally, no formal advertising is required, and the city’s procurement card may be used
  • Purchases between $5,001 - $100,000 – classified as an informal purchase. No formal advertising is required, 3 written quotes must be obtained, and bid is awarded to the lowest bidder
  • Purchases greater than $100,000 – these purchases require a formal sealed bid/RFP. Bids are advertised for a minimum of 14 days and cost is the primary basis of award

(Source: Johns Creek Vendor Manual [PDF]. 21 May. 2020. Johns Creek.)

For construction contracts that exceed $100,000, bid bonds are typically required in the amount of 5% of the total amount of the bid/proposal. Payment and performance bonds are also required for construction contracts that exceed $100,000 in the amount of 100% of the total contract price.

If your business is looking to get certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) or a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), the same steps that the State of Georgia requires also apply to the City of Johns Creek.

Lastly, once you’re ready to start bidding on opportunities you can get a glimpse of what bid opportunities are available on the purchasing page of their website. To get a full view of all the opportunities and their accompanied documents available in this city, you can visit the City of Johns Creek on BidNet Direct. This is where all bids are posted and managed.

Bidding in the City of Smyrna

If you’re looking to do business with the City of Smyrna, it’s best to start by getting to know their procurement website. That is where all the information you need to grow your business in the city can be found. If you’re looking to become a vendor, the city has a Vendor Self Service Portal where you can register as a new vendor. Once you become a vendor, the next step is to understand the dollar thresholds that go along with bidding to determine what purchasing method will be used:

  • Less than $5,000 – does not require competitive bidding. Purchasing is done by a departmental supplier direct order with a Purchase Requisition
  • $5,000 - $10,000 – informal quotes from at least 3 vendors must be obtained
  • $10,000 - $50,000 – written quotes from at least 3 vendors must be obtained
  • > $50,000 – formal sealed bidding process is required

(Source: CITY OF SMYRNA PURCHASING POLICY MANUAL [PDF]. (Published 2016, August), 21 May. 2020.)

A performance bond is generally required for a public works construction contract and for any other work over $50,000. The bond should be in the amount of 100% of the annual gross revenue of the contractor.

Like the City of Johns Creek, if your business is interested in getting certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in the City of Smyrna, you can do it through the State of Georgia’s Department of Transportation site.

Once your business is ready to bid on opportunities you can register to view bid opportunities and get notified of new bids through Georgia’s Purchasing Group on BidNet Direct and through the City of Smyrna’s purchasing website.

Bidding in the City of Dunwoody

The City of Dunwoody’s Purchasing Department provides you with everything needed to start a business and bid on opportunities within this city. One of the first steps of starting a business in this city is to apply for a business license and then register as a vendor so that you have access to both solicitations from the City of Dunwoody and from government entities around the State of Georgia. Once registered it’s a good idea to check out the procurement policies that come along with the bidding process. This will prepare you for bidding on opportunities. These procurement policies include:

  • $0 - $2,500 – departments may enter a check request for products and services
  • $2,501 - $20,000 – require at least 3 verbal quotes to be obtained
  • $20,001 - $50,000 – considered as informal written quotes. 3 written quotes must be obtained
  • $50,000 and up – formal sealed bids are required. Two or more vendors must participate, the requests are made in writing, and the award goes to the lowest responsible bidder

(Source: CITY OF DUNWOODY FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT PURCHASING POLICIES [PDF]. 21 May. 2020.)

For public works projects over $100,000, performance and payment bonds in the amount of 100% of the contract are required and a 5% bid bond is also required.

If your business qualifies as a Disadvantaged or Minority Business Enterprise (D/MBE), you can become certified through the State of Georgia’s Department of Transportation (GDOT).

The City of Dunwoody is part of BidNet Direct’s Georgia Purchasing Group. This is where bid opportunities, RFP’s and other information will be posted for this city. When your business is ready to start bidding on opportunities you can register to bid and gain access to all these opportunities.

It’s Time to Win More Opportunities for Your Business

When searching for opportunities in any city or state, it can be difficult to find every bid that may be suitable for your business. The State of Georgia and the Cities of Johns Creek, Smyrna, and Dunwoody are all part of BidNet’s Regional Purchasing Groups. As a BidNet member you will have access to the State of Georgia’s Purchasing Group along with over 200 other purchasing groups that post bid opportunities and important information directly to BidNet.com. With BidNet you will also receive daily email notifications of bid opportunities that are specifically targeted toward your business. Whether you’re looking for open bids at a state, local, or federal level, BidNet’s comprehensive service searches and filters bid opportunities from thousands of sources making it easy for your business to start winning more contracts.

 

Andrea Cortina | BidNet.com

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