Tuesday, October 22, 2013

City of Toledo to begin electronic contracting

This is good news:

Press Release

Toledo to make the switch to electronic contracting

City, Chamber to host small business workshops to introduce new program

Soon to be gone are the days of orange folders routing through city offices with contracts waiting to be signed by department directors. The City of Toledo is preparing to flip the switch on electronic contracting in an effort to streamline the bid and contract process by automating the paperwork and allowing information to be submitted online. The new process will save the business community and the city time and money by reducing the City’s paper dependency and conserving resources. It will also speed the process, reducing the length of time between a bid award and a signed contract so projects may proceed more quickly.

In partnership with the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Minority Business Development Center, the City will host a series of business development workshops to roll out the new online bid and contract processes. The workshops will demonstrate how to use the new system and walk through the added value of bidding on city projects using the new online tools.

Two meetings and one webinar will be offered for the convenience of current vendors and other businesses interested in more information on the new program:

Thursday, October 24th 8:00am – University of Toledo, Scott Park Campus of Energy & Innovation, Student Center Room 1080C

Tuesday, October 29th 9:00am – Webinar – To register go to: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E959D886824C30

Wednesday, October 30th 5:30pm – Sanger Branch Library, Room A, 3030 W. Central Ave.

Bids will still be accepted through the traditional paper process, but vendors will be encouraged to utilize the convenience of an automated process. City employees will be available to assist businesses with the online services during the transition to the new system.


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