Expanding Your Business & Consortium Bids

Expanding Your Business After Being Awarded a Contract

Suppliers that are awarded a School District of Lee County contract have the opportunity to expand their business to other government agencies through the bid piggyback process.

  • Awarded suppliers may provide the awarded goods or services to other Lee County government agencies, including the County and City governments, at the same terms and conditions as the District contract.

  • Suppliers may also choose to expand their service offering to other counties such as Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Sarasota, and Manatee county government agencies, including their school district, county and city governments.

  • Notify each agency’s Purchasing Department of the bid you were awarded, a description of your products/services, and your contact information. An email or postal letter are the best methods for this outreach.

  • Other agencies may choose to piggyback the bid and purchase products in accordance with the same terms and conditions of the awarded contract. Their process must be followed to obtain approval to piggyback the bid.

Submit Consortium Bids

The School District of Lee County is now a proud member of BASPC, the Bay Area School Purchasing Consortium.

As a member of the BASPC, bids awarded by The School District of Lee County, or any participating district, may be extended to other participating BASPC members, if mutually agreed upon between the successful bidder(s) and a participating member of BASPC.

Awarded bids may be extended under the same conditions, for the same price, and for the same effective period as the District’s award.

This collaborative purchasing method increases the operating efficiency of multiple purchasing agencies and offers vendors the opportunity to expand their business base.

Consortium's Interlocal Agreement

The Bay Area Schools Purchasing Consortium (the "Consortium") was established in 1989 to form a cooperative purchasing organization for the purpose of maximizing the purchasing power of the following member School Boards for goods and services: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Sarasota, Manatee, Hernando, Orange, Osceola, and Volusia. This Interlocal Agreement, effective on the date fully executed by the undersigned Florida School Board, is entered into for the same purpose in compliance with &1001.42(25) and &163.01, Florida Statutes (F.S.), by the following current member School Boards: Brevard, Charlotte, Florida Virtual Schools, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole (the "Member(s)") and future participating Florida School Boards.


WHEREAS, each Member has determined that cooperative procurement strategies between like or similar agencies may lead to procurement efficiency and lower costs for common goods and services;

WHEREAS, each Member agrees to comply with applicable Florida State competitive solicitation requirements, identify qualified suppliers, commodities, goods, and services for Consortium competitive solicitation opportunities;

WHEREAS, each Member agrees to preserve the integrity of the procurement process and procurement profession by adhering to the highest ethical standards; and

WHEREAS, each Member intends to enter into this Interlocal Agreement in compliance with &1001.42(25), F.S., and &163.01, F.S. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as providing for a separate legal or administrative entity as contemplated under &163.01, F.S.



  1. "Consortium" shall mean the Bay Area Schools Purchasing Consortium, as established pursuant to this agreement.
  2. "Lead District" shall mean a Florida School Board that will conduct a joint competitive solicitation process on behalf of the Consortium.
  3. "Purchasing Professional" shall mean the procurement representative designated to represent each Member in a proceeding of the Consortium.