Mott Community College posts its requests for bids on the website www.bid4michigan.com (see also Bid Opportunities). Vendors must register to access or open solicitation information by clicking on
the "Vendor Registration" link. Registration is free. In addition, the College also
requires the completion of a W-9 and a Vendor Information Form.
Mott Community College uses the following in establishing bid thresholds:
Board approval is required on all major purchases (supplies, equipment, furniture,
vehicles or services) exceeding $59,000 or on construction/maintenance purchases exceeding
$89,000 (BP 4410 Purchasing).
A competitive, sealed bidding process is used for all purchases over $30,000. The
requirements, specifications, and/or statements of work for these bids are publicly
posted to www.bid4michigan.com.
Purchases less than $30,000 but greater than $2,500 require a minimum of three competitive
quotes. If three quotes cannot be obtained, those quotations obtained may be considered
Purchases less than $2,500 may be directly awarded to the vendor requested by the
requesting department. Employees who have been issued Purchase Cards (Pcards) via
the College's Purchase Card Program are also able to execute simple purchases without direct involvement or oversight
from the Purchasing Department, within the Purchasing Card Guidelines of the Pcard Program.
Sole Source Purchases
For purchases in excess of $2,500, a sole source purchase is considered to be a purchase
from one vendor or person under circumstances when competitive solicitations are not
practical or possible (any attempt to obtain bids would result in only one vendor
or person being available to meet the need). The requesting department must complete
a Sole Source Justification Form notifying the Purchasing Department of an intended sole source. The Purchasing Department
will conduct a good faith review of available sources prior to final determination
and authorization of a sole source purchase.
Bids for services or goods of a specialized nature may be requested directly from
a vendor(s) or be advertised in other appropriate media.
The Purchasing Department staff is available to meet with vendors, but please make an appointment in advance to ensure that the person(s) that can best assist you are available.
Some solicitations, commonly solicitations involving construction and renovation services,
will state a requirement for prevailing wage, bid deposit and/or payment and performance
The purpose for requiring prevailing wage is to protect all workers on public works
projects. All vendors for construction projects on the campuses of Mott Community
College are required to pay prevailing wages as defined under the federal Davis-Bacon
Act, 40 USC 276a, for the occupational classification(s) and locality or localities
in which the work is to be performed. All solicitations which require prevailing wage
will clearly identify the requirement.
The purpose for requiring a bid deposit is to ensure that the awarded vendor will
accept a contract, if offered, to supply the goods and services as specified in the
bid specifications. If required, a bid deposit in the form of a cashier's check must
be presented with the submission of the bid in the amount of (5%) five percent of
the proposed bid amount, unless otherwise specified in the bid specifications. Bids
submitted without a required bid deposit will be considered non-responsive and ineligible
for award. Failure to accept the contract and/or furnish the commodities or services
offered, as specified, may cause forfeiture of the security deposit. The bid deposit
will be held until the Purchasing Department receives a signed contract (if applicable)
and the payment and performance bonds (if applicable). The bid deposits of unsuccessful
bidders will be returned.
The purpose for requiring a payment bond is to protect certain laborers, materials
suppliers and subcontractors against non-payment by the awarded vendor. If required,
the awarded vendor must submit the payment bond in the full value of the contract
amount prior to beginning work.
The purpose for requiring a performance bond is to guarantee that the awarded vendor
performs the contract in accordance with its terms and conditions, at the agreed upon
price, and within the time allowed. If required, the awarded vendor must submit the
performance bond in the full value of the contract amount prior to beginning work.
NOTE: Payment & performance bonds must be issued by a company authorized to do business
in the State of Michigan. The bond must be payable to Mott Community College.
Each bid issued by the College contains specific instructions regarding what documentation
(if any) is required to be submitted with the bid in order for the vendor's submission
to be considered responsive. It is the responsibility of the vendor to thoroughly
read and understand the bid documents. A vendor should contact the buyer listed on
the bidding documents for clarification (if needed) or with questions. Responses received
that do not include all of the required documents may be removed from consideration
Vendor's who believe that specifications or other bidding requirements are restrictive
of competition should inform the buyer immediately so that any valid issues can be
addressed via an addendum to the bid. The College shall not be required to make any
changes and reserves the right to make the final determination on any and all changes
to solicitation documentation.
The Vendor is solely responsible for the timely delivery of the quote. Vendors using
postal mail to submit a bid (when the bid permits manual submission of a response)
are reminded that their submission must be received on or prior to the due date and
time defined in the bid. Responses received after the posted due date and time will
not be considered for award and may be returned unopened. Bids received prior to posted
due date will be kept securely unopened until the identified due date and time. No
employee of MCC will be held responsible for prematurely opening an incorrectly addressed
A purchase order is an offer by the College to contract with the vendor for the delivery
of supplies or the performance of a service for an agreed upon price under the specified
terms and conditions provided in the bid in conjunction with the College's General Terms & Conditions of Purchase. Any good or service that is quantifiable in number and description should be ordered
using a PO.
Blanket Purchase Order (BPO)
A blanket purchase order is a contract between the College and a vendor generally
used for repetitious payments for contractual services, such as payment for leased
equipment or room renovations. Multiple invoices can be paid off the same BPO. BPOs
have a maximum authorized amount and are issued for a limited duration. No single
item $500 or over can be purchased using a BPO [all quantifiable items should be purchased
using a PO]. Employees authorized to use the BPO must be listed on the BPO. BPOs are
good for one fiscal year only. All BPOs not otherwise fulfilled are closed at the
end of the fiscal year (June 30). They may be re-issued for the following fiscal year,
per requisition by the requesting department.
The College reserves the right to award by line item, groupings of items, or in total.
The College also reserves the right to reject any and all bids if it is determined
that the best interests of the College will be served by doing so. The College may
reject all bids for a solicitation and not make an award, choose to cancel a solicitation,
or to conduct a "re-bid". In determining an award, the qualifications of the vendor,
conformity with terms & conditions, specifications of supplies or services, and cost
and delivery terms may be considered. Award of a (blanket or) purchase order is based
on the best value to the College, which is determined according to the criteria of
the solicitation, which usually incorporates consideration for price, quality, availability,
delivery and fitness for a particular purpose.
Mott Community College was established by act of the legislature of the State of Michigan
and is therefore an exempt organization by operation of Internal Revenue Code Section
501 (c) (1). Our Registration for Tax Free Transactions Under Chapter 32 of the Internal
Revenue Code was approved and validated in January of 1979. Mott Community College's
tax exempt status remains in effect today, and will continue to remain in effect until
such time that the organization ceases to exist. There is no expiration date on our
tax exempt status. To obtain a copy of our Michigan Sales & Use Tax Certification of Exemption, please contact the Purchasing Department Offices.
Vendors are entitled to be paid for supplies and service(s) requested via BPO or PO
when the supplies are inspected and accepted in satisfactory condition or when the
service(s) has been satisfactorily completed. The Accounts Payable Department will
issue payment following the confirmation of a valid PO or BPO, receipt of supplies/completion
of service(s), and receipt of a valid invoice. Invoices must contain the (blanket or) purchase order number; failure to include the (blanket or) purchase order number will result in a delay
of payment until the proper number can be identified.
The College's standard payment term is net 30. Exemptions to this term may only be
granted by the Accounting Department. Please contact the Director of Accounting at 810-762-5533 for inquiries.
Vendors can lose the ability to bid on College contracts. The College may choose to
remove a vendor from consideration for bidding (debar) for a number of reasons including
but not limited to:
Repeated withdrawal of a sealed bid price after the official bid opening date/time
Unsatisfactory performance under contract or cancellation of the contract by the College
Failure to maintain required license levels on insurance
Failure to follow College purchasing guidelines
Debarment may lead to the vendor being prohibited from procurement transactions with
the College for up to (2) two years. The Vendor will be removed from consideration
for all commodities during that time. A Vendor may petition the Purchasing Manager
for reinstatement upon submission of proof that the reason for removal has been eliminated.
Reinstatement is at the discretion of the College. The College also has the discretion
to exclude from its procurement transactions any vendor who is debarred by any agency
of the Federal, State or local government. Links to the State of Michigan and Federal
Debarred Lists are below:
If College employees make demands on a vendor that exceed the terms and conditions
of a purchase award, the vendor should notify the buyer from whom they received the
purchase award. Only the Purchasing Department has the ability to modify a purchase
order. Modification of a purchase order via a change order(s) requires a documentation
in writing including the name of the project, the (blanket or) purchase order number,
a description of the change and its associated cost increase/decrease. The document
must be signed by the cost center manager who is funding the purchase.
Only responsive vendors may appeal an award decision, i.e. a vendor who submits a
proposal with all of the required information requested in the solicitation. A vendor
who submits a "No Bid Response" cannot appeal an award.
In order to commence the appeal process, the vendor must:
Request an appeal of the award, in writing, to both the buyer listed on the bid and
the Purchasing Manager within (48) forty-eight hours of the of the bid opening
The appeal should contain the bid number and description and should clearly and concisely
state the facts the vendor believes created the alleged error in the award recommendation,
and/or the desired remedy that the vendor is seeking
The Purchasing Manager will provide a written decision after investigating the appeal
The following issues are not considered to be appealable issues:
Failure to properly submit a bid per the bid instructions
Failure to submit a bid on or before the due date and time
Failure of a bidder to provide the required bid deposit and/or the payment and/or
performance bond(s) by the date and time specified
In fairness to bidders who meet specifications and to prevent delays in purchasing,
the Purchasing Department will not withdraw a recommendation to award or re-evaluate
bids when an appeal maintains that the bid specifications were either unnecessarily
restrictive or that a bid exceeding specifications provided a better value than a
lower bid meeting specifications. Concerns of this nature should be brought immediately
to the buyer's attention during the bidding process.
Mott Community College is an equal opportunity institution. No vendor will be denied
consideration on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, religion, height,
weight, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, status as a disabled
veteran or Vietnam era veteran and/or any other legally protected class not heretofore