State and Local Contracting

Assess Your Business

The Division of Purchase and Contract governs procurement for State agencies, community colleges, universities and some local government entities, ensuring that the State acquires the goods and services it needs to operate at costs which are fair and effective uses of taxpayer dollars. It also provides training resources for state agencies and vendors.

State and local government prefers to work with established, reliable businesses. Entities desiring to do business with the State must provide correct taxpayer information on North Carolina specified forms. The Substitute W-9 and Instructions are found here.

(Obtain an Employer ID Number (EIN/TIN). A valid EIN is required to register in the state procurement systems. 1-800-829-1040 or

Basic Requirements

Your small business must meet some basic requirements and complete several registrations to compete for State contracting.

Market Research

To sell products or services to the State of North Carolina, you need to understand what and how they buy. Use these resources to see if there is a market for your product or service and determine how to bid.

Marketing Strategies

Learn how to market your small business to the purchasing department or prime contractor.