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How to Do Business With DCCCD

How do I contact DCCCD's Purchasing department?

District Service Center
4343 IH-30, West Building (formerly known as N. Highway 67)
Mesquite, TX 75150
phone: 972-860-7771
fax: 972-860-7924
Web site: http://www.purchasing.dcccd.edu
office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


What products or services are purchased by DCCCD?
Visit our searchable Commodities List.

If the product or service you have to offer is not listed, it is because DCCCD either does not use the product or service, or it is purchased in such small quantities that it does not merit maintaining a formal bidders list.

How do I get on the DCCCD bidders list?
To get on the bidders list for products and services purchases by DCCCD, go to the Online Bidder Registration and complete the requested information.

If my company is an architectural or engineering firm, do I still need to register online?
No. Architectural and/or engineering firms interested in conducting business with DCCCD will need to contact Facilities Management to schedule an appointment at 972-860-7760.

How do I find out what/when items are scheduled for bidding?
All Request for Bids (RFB) and Request for Proposals (RFP) are published in the Daily Commercial Record  and on the Purchasing Department's Web site under Advertised Bids and Proposals. If you are registered under the district’s Online Bidder Registration program, you will automatically receive e-mail notification of forthcoming bids. For additional review, you may contact the DCCCD Purchasing Department at 972-860-7771.

How can I obtain a copy of a Request for Bid or a Request for Proposal?
Visit the Advertised Bids and Proposals section of our Web site for an up-to-date list and information on how to obtain a copy of a bid/proposal.

If I have questions filling out the bids, whom can I contact?
The buyer's contact name and number will be listed in each bid/proposal document.

What are the district's insurance requirements ?
The general insurance requirements are workers' compensation, general liability and vehicle liability. The specific type and amount of insurance required depends on the nature of the goods or services to be provided and will be specified in the bid/proposal.

Does DCCCD require bonds ?
Yes. State law requires construction contractors to provide a payment bond for contracts with a cost of $25,000 or more. Performance bonds are required for construction contracts with a cost of $100,000 or more. 

For construction projects, bid bonds are required that are 5 percent of the amount bid typically.

How can I find out the results of a bid?
Bid tabulations are available on the Purchasing Department's Web site. Additionally, interested companies may attend the public bid openings.

What are some factors considered in the purchasing decision?

  • Purchase price
  • Reputation of the vendor and of the vendor’s goods or services
  • Quality of the vendor's goods or services
  • Extent to which goods or services meet needs of DCCCD
  • Vendor's past relationship with DCCCD
  • Total long-term cost to DCCCD to acquire vendor’s goods or services
  • The completeness, accuracy and relevancy of the bidder’s response to the request for bids or proposals and any other factor relevant to items that are specifically listed in the RFB/RFP

What is the purpose of DCCCD’s Business Diversity Program?
DCCCD’s Business Diversity Program, through outreach efforts, strives to increase the number of certified minority- and women-owned businesses (M/WBE) that provide goods and services to DCCCD through competitive processes.

How does a vendor become certified as a Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE)?
Companies interested in becoming certified as an M/WBE can contact the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA). Certification is free. The NCTRCA was established to provide a uniform certification process for all participating governmental entities in the North Central Texas area. The NCTRCA board of directors is comprised of representatives from the member entities, including DCCCD. In addition, the DCCCD recognizes certification from the State of Texas Historically Underutilized Business program of the Texas Building and Procurement Commission.

If I am a noncertified M/WBE, can I still submit a bid ?
Yes. However, certification is encouraged because it helps us track the effectiveness of outreach efforts within the D/FW Metroplex.

Does DCCCD offer any financial assistance to small/minority businesses?
DCCCD does not provide financial assistance. However, the Bill J. Priest campus of El Centro College provides business counseling through:

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
1402 Corinth St., Suite 1150
Dallas, TX 75215
214-860-5865

Where do I file a Conflict of Interest Questionnaire (CIQ)? 
Submit CIQ forms to DCCCD Records Administrator, Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs, District Service Center, 4343 IH-30, Mesquite, Texas 75150, fax 972-860-7929, or e-mail records_administrator@dcccd.edu. To obtain a form to prepare for submission, visit the Texas Ethics Commission Web site. View the forms that have been filed with DCCCD on the Conflict of Interest Disclosures page.