Tamarac's New Vendor Selection Process Gives Local Businesses Preference

Long a proponent of small businesses, the Tamarac City Commission has formalized their support with the adoption of a local business preference amendment to the procurement code. This code defines the process used to purchase property, materials, and services from vendors through competitive sealed bids.

“Working with local businesses is a win-win that not only helps them, it keeps the money we spend here in our city and county. This contributes to a healthy financial environment that benefits the entire community,” said Tamarac Mayor Michelle J. Gomez.

Under the changes to the procurement code, Tamarac-based vendors that meet certain requirements will receive a 5% evaluation credit, and Broward County Certified Small Business vendors will be given a 2.5% evaluation credit.

That means if Tamarac vendors submit bids or quotes within 5% of the lowest one received, or Broward County Certified Small Business vendors submit quotes within 2.5%, they’ll have the opportunity to submit another best and final offer (BAFO), unless the lowest bid is from a local Tamarac vendor.

BAFOs must be at least 1% lower than the lowest bid/quote. If local Tamarac vendors and Broward County Certified Small Business vendors are competing for the same solicitation, those in Tamarac will be given first preference.

Additionally, when using requests for proposals, a vendor selection process that considers factors other than price, the City will add a criterion that gives credits to local Tamarac vendors and Broward County Certified Small Business.

Full details about how the preference works, including exceptions built into the code, are available at https://www.tamarac.org/LocalBusinessPreference.


Tamarac covers a 12-square mile area in western Broward County and is home to more than 65,000 residents and approximately 2,000 businesses. Ideally situated, Tamarac provides easy access to highways, railways, airports and waterways, and a wealth of cultural and sports activities. Tamarac’s median age continues to grow younger and the population more diverse, as people recognize the City as a great place to spend their lives. For more information visit www.Tamarac.org.

Source: City of Tamarac, Public Information Office


Categories: Town and City Government

Tags: Broward County, Community Engagement, Local Businesses, Small Businesses, Tamarac

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