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How to Register as a Vendor
How to Register as a Vendor
Let's Do Business.
Interested in bidding on contracts and selling your goods or services to the State of Michigan? The first step is to register as a vendor.
The State of Michigan relies on a diverse collection of suppliers to get the goods and services it needs to operate. With hundreds of multi-year contracts valued at billions of dollars, the State always has a need for quality vendors to bid on contracts.
Registration is free. Read on for how to get started.
How To Register as a Vendor
The State of Michigan posts all bid opportunities via the SIGMA Vendor Self-Service (SIGMA VSS) system. SIGMA VSS provides one secure location for vendors to bid on solicitations and track payment information.
You must register and get a SIGMA VSS account to bid on open solicitations. Registration is free.
Important Registration Information
When registering as a vendor in SIGMA VSS it is important that you enter all applicable commodity codes and business types into the system. It is also important that you update your info if anything involving your company changes. Having commodity codes that are current to the goods or services you provide helps ensure you won't miss opportunities to bid on solicitations you may qualify for. Entering in all applicable business types is important as they help establish your eligibility for various programs.
SIGMA VSS: Adding Commodity Codes to your VSS Account
This video from the SIGMA VSS team demonstrates how to add commodity codes to your account.
Why Are Commodity Codes Important?
There are three primary reasons you should select commodity codes and keep them up to date:
- It helps us notify you. Registering with commodity codes is the only way to make sure you receive electronic notifications of bid opportunities.
- Other public entities use SIGMA VSS. Michigan schools and other local governments use SIGMA VSS. Identifying the correct commodity codes for your business ensures that the system will notify you of bids that match your codes.
- We can understand what you sell. Commodity codes are the best and quickest way to communicate to the State of Michigan what products and services your company can provide. This helps us understand our bidder pool and categorize opportunities appropriately.
In addition to entering in codes when you register it is important that you keep your codes current. If your business changes what it offers or adds a product or services, making sure that your SIGMA VSS profile is up-to-date ensures that you won't miss out on any opportunities.
SIGMA VSS: Adding Business Types to Your VSS Account
When registering in SIGMA VSS you'll also have an opportunity to identify business types. Certain business types are eligible for purchasing preferences. For details see the Programs and Polices section of DTMB's website.
Several business types are eligible to be part of the Michigan Supplier Community (MiSC), or are eligible for purchasing preferences. In certain instances MiSC businesses are able to skip the formal bidding process and get may receive a request for a quote directly from the State.
This video from the SIGMA VSS team demonstrates how to add business types to your account.
MiSC Eligible SIGMA VSS Business Type Definitions
This chart details which business types in SIGMA VSS are eligible for MiSC. You should add all applicable business types to your SIGMA VSS profile.
|Business Type ID||Business Type||Definition|
|AAMI||Michigan Principle Location||Business has its principal place of business in Michigan.|
|ABHZ||HUBZone Business||Business is HUBZone Certified by the Small Business Administration.|
|ACQP||QOZ by Principle Location||Business has its principal place of business within a Qualified Opportunity Zones as designated by the Federal Treasury Department, as found in the Federal Register at IRB Notice 2018-48.|
|ADQW||QOZ by Employee Work Sites||Business has a majority of their employees work at a location within a Qualified Opportunity Zone.
|AEQH||QOZ by Employee Homes||Business has a majority of their employees with a principal place of residence within a Qualified Opportunity Zone.
|CRHB||Community Rehabilitation Organization||Nonprofit charitable organization or institution incorporated in Michigan that is operated for the purpose of carrying out a recognized program of employment and training services for people with disabilities.
|SDVO||Service Disabled Veteran Owned
||Business is 51% or more owned by one or more persons who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable, and has a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service as described in 38 USC 101(16).
|SMLB||Small Business||Business has less than 500 employees, less than $25 million revenue.
|VTRN||Veteran Owned|| Business is 51% or more owned by one or more persons who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.