Do I have to be pre-qualified to bid for City contracts?
No. The City evaluates vendor bids on a case-by-case basis. Bids for commodities, trade services, and public work (construction) will be awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible vendor complying with all bid requirements and specifications. Solicitations for professional services will be awarded to the vendor whose proposal is determined to offer the best value after considering qualifications, experience, cost, and compliance with all solicitation and legal requirements. You can learn more about how the City awards contracts by reviewing "A Vendor's Guide to Contracting with the City of Yonkers."
Do minority and women owned vendors have to be certified and if so, by whom?
Yonkers subscribes to the certification program of the New York State Department of Economic Development. If you are a minority or women owned business enterprise (M/WBE), you should consider obtaining certification. NYS certification allows your business to access a variety of loan and bonding programs as well as programs that provide technical assistance. They also have programs designed to assist M/WBE’s with selling opportunities to state and federal agencies. If you are interested in obtaining certification, please contact the Yonkers M/WBE program at (914) 377-6737 and they can assist you with a streamlined application process.
Do you have a preference for local and minority and women owned vendors?
In fairness to all taxpayers, the City will only award contracts for commodities, trade services, and construction to the lowest responsive and responsible vendor complying with all bid requirements and specifications. Contracts for professional services will be awarded to the vendor whose proposal is determined to be the best value after considering qualifications, experience, cost, and compliance with all solicitation and legal requirements. However, Yonkers is proactive in seeking the participation of local vendors and minority- and women-business enterprises (M/WBE’s) in City solicitations, and Mayor Amicone has issued Executive Order 1-2007 promoting the inclusion of M/WBE's in City solicitations and contracts. To encourage participation, the City sponsors a M/WBE program that is an extension of the Yonkers Office of Economic Development (914) 377-6797. The M/WBE program periodically conducts workshops to provide vendors with procurement, networking, and financial assistance. Please visit the City's Calendar of Events for upcoming workshops.
Register with BidNet Direct. This is a regional bid notification system where the City of Yonkers and over 1100 other municipalities post all solicitations. Registration is free, but vendors must register to access the site. Once registered, you can download solicitations and respond electronically to informal Request For Quotations. Please visit the BidNet Direct website to learn more about the advantages of registering your business. For more information about how the City finds vendors to participate in our solicitations, please review "A Vendor's Guide to Contracting with the City of Yonkers."