Office of Procurement
The Procurement Office is responsible for overseeing the acquisition of all goods, services, equipment and construction by the College. Howard Community College will procure only those goods and services that are required to further the mission, vision, values, and strategic goals of the institution.
Functions of the Procurement Office include:
- ensuring that purchases of supplies, equipment, and services are made in accordance with college purchasing policies and procedures;
- coordinating purchases of all goods and services for all college departments;
- establishing and maintaining vendor information and relationships; and
- managing the current and awarded college solicitations.
Methods of procurement for the College include:
- Purchase Orders
- Procurement Card purchases
- Formal Solicitations
- Cooperative Purchasing
Individual departments and employees are not authorized to enter into purchasing contracts without using the approved purchasing methods listed above. Contracts and agreements should be reviewed and signed by the Procurement Office only.
The Procurement Office maintains a database of vendors who have expressed interest in doing business with Howard Community College. To be included in this database, please complete the forms located below in the “Doing Business with HCC” section.
Howard County’s Local Business Initiative is committed to promote the growth and success of local businesses and to increase the percentage of County procurement dollars flowing to local businesses. The College supports this program by encouraging the selection of local businesses whenever possible for purchases that are under $10,000. For more information regarding the program or to apply for certification with Howard County as a local business, please visit the Howard County Office of Purchasing website.
Howard Community College is exempt from Maryland sales and use tax. Tax Exempt Certificate
Thank you for your interest in doing business with Howard Community College.
Doing Business with HCC
The Procurement Office maintains a database of vendors who have expressed interest in doing business with Howard Community College. In order to be added to this database, please fill out the Vendor Registration Form and W-9. Both forms must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org to insure inclusion on this listing. If you are unsure if your firm is already on the list, or if there are any changes to information previously submitted, please resend the information on the forms provided.
Please note: This list will be used for internal purposes only. Inclusion in the database is not a guarantee that your company will receive a bid or business. It is still the responsibility of vendors to monitor the current solicitations page to locate information for all open solicitations. The college prefers to send payments to vendors electronically. All vendors interested in receiving electronic payments must fill out the Electronic Payment Authorization Form. This form must be emailed to email@example.com to insure receipt of electronic payments. Howard Community College is generally tax exempt from Maryland sales and use tax.
Thank you for your interest in doing business with us.
Do I need to be pre-qualified to do business with the College?
No, the college does not have a pre-qualification process. See the "Doing Business with HCC" tab to learn more.
My company does business with the Howard County Government. Does this mean that I am approved as a vendor for the college?
While the college participates with Howard County Government for procurement, each entity has a separate purchasing office and vendor database. Please see the Doing Business with HCC section for more information about the college's vendor database. To contact other Howard County entities call:
- Howard County Government - Purchasing - 410-313-6370
- Howard County Public School System - Purchasing - 410-313-6722
- Howard County Library - Purchasing - 410-313-7750
I want to do business with the college. Should I contact individual departments to speak with them?
The policies and procedures of the college require that purchases be made through established contracts, which are coordinated by the Procurement Office. Please contact the Procurement Office for assistance in reaching the proper party to discuss the product or service you wish to offer to the College.
I have new information about a product. How can I let the college know?
Please send any information to the attention of the Procurement Office.
Where can I find current solicitation information and is there a threshold for bids?
All college purchases over $50,000 are advertised on the current solicitations page. They are also advertised on the eMaryland Marketplace website which is administered by the Maryland Department of General Services. Vendors register and receive e-mail notifications for solicitations from the site; there is no fee for this service. To register, go to https://ebidmarketplace.com/ or call 410-767-1492 to speak with a representative.
Are there terms and conditions for purchases for the College?
Please see the section on terms and conditions.
Does the College have excess inventory items for sale that are available to the general public?
The College utilizes GovDeals.com, a public, online auction system, to sell excess inventory items. Detailed descriptions and pictures of items are posted online and are for sale at auction for a period of 1-2 weeks. To view and bid on items the College currently has at auction on GovDeals.com, click on the logo below.
Terms & Conditions