The BuyBoard National Purchasing Cooperative helps save time and money while purchasing the products school systems use every day. Would you like to save time and money? BuyBoard is an online purchasing cooperative designed to streamline the purchasing process and help its members make confident buying decisions.
What is BuyBoard?
The National School Boards Association collaborated with the Rhode Island Association of School Committees and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education to create the National Purchasing Cooperative’s BuyBoard program.
Currently endorsed by several state school boards associations and administered by the Texas Association of School Boards, the program’s purpose is to obtain reduced prices for its members through the benefits and efficiencies of a purchasing cooperative.
NCSBA membership entitles your district to become a BuyBoard member for free. Once you sign up for BuyBoard, your district has the ability to make purchases from an approved list of vendors that have gone through a competitive bidding process. Click here for BuyBoard NC FAQs.
A major benefit of this program is the opportunity to combine the cooperative’s ability to get volume discounts with the ease of online vendor and contract sourcing. Other benefits include:
Power in numbers
By combining the purchasing power of cooperative members, BuyBoard participants are able to leverage better pricing from vendors they may already use. The program also helps reduce administrative and resource time.
Purchase with confidence
BuyBoard features many well-known vendors on its product list. The cooperative analyzes and makes award recommendations for products and services that have been submitted for competitive procurement. All awarded products and services are posted on BuyBoard’s secure website.
Contracts on BuyBoard have already undergone a competitive procurement process, which saves your district time and the cost of bid preparation. A unique feature of BuyBoard is the Request for Quote (RFQ) function, an electronic request that permits your district to select numerous vendors when submitting requests.
Top 5 Reasons to use BuyBoard Purchasing Coop
BuyBoard members meet state and local purchasing requirements through the interlock purchasing agreement.
Vendors are competitively procured and vetted so members don’t have to go out for bid. BuyBoard is available throughout the United States, wherever use of purchasing coops is allowed.
Combining the purchasing power of local governments allows members, big and small, the leverage to achieve better pricing through economies of scale and reduced RFQ administrative costs.
TRUST & TRANSPARENCY
BuyBoard is member focused and member governed by a board of directors and has been serving school districts and state and local governmental entities nationwide since 1998.
CHOICE AND VALUE
With a wide range of contracts, over 70 that are available, members will find almost everything needed to support their organization. Everything from pens and pencils to fire trucks are available on the BuyBoard. Our vendors are diverse and range from small regional based to large national vendors.
How to Join
To sign up for BuyBoard, visit https://www.buyboard.com/National/How-to-Join.aspx. Becoming a member of the National Purchasing Cooperative, d/b/a National BuyBoard® or BuyBoard®, requires only a few simple steps – and membership is free! A board resolution or board meeting minutes must be provided to join the program.
Assistant National Manager
Sample BuyBoard Board Resolution (downloadable word doc.)