The CMO’s office maintains a Pre-Qualified Vendor Database for marketing services, so that any state agency can quickly and easily find a vendor for their project. Pre-qualification is required for a vendor to bid and contract for marketing work with the state. The process ensures a consistent level of quality and provides a mechanism for the oversight of marketing expenditures.
PLEASE NOTE: the Pre-Qualified Vendor Database is a private Sharepoint site for State of Vermont employees. You will need to be logged in to Microsoft Office 365 to view the database. A summary of the firms in the database is also available as a static Pre-qualified Marketing Vendors List that is updated monthly.
A pre-qualified vendor is one who has been determined to be professionally competent to perform a type of work that is routinely put out to bid, such as:
- Broadcast Development / Video Production
- Copywriting / Editing
- Creative Direction / Concept Development
- Digital Strategy
- Graphic Design
- Market Research
- Market Strategy / Planning
- Media Planning / Buying
- Outreach / Public Relations
- Professional Photography
If you’re interested in soliciting a bid from a vendor who is not on our list, feel free to refer them to our “Become a Pre-Qualified Marketing Vendor” page and encourage them to submit a pre-qualification application to the CMO’s office. Pre-qualification applications are accepted at any time.
If you are preparing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for any marketing services with a contract value over $25,000, please make sure the pre-qualification requirement is included in your RFP instructions. The CMO’s office can provide the appropriate language if needed. Please allow ample time in your RFP timeline to allow for that process, and be sure to specify if your requirement is for vendors to apply for pre-qualification, or for vendors to be approved as prequalified, before the RFP deadline. The approval process can take 2-3 weeks at a minimum, so please prepare your RFP timeline accordingly. While pre-qualification must be approved before a contract can be executed, submission of a complete pre-qualification application is also an acceptable RFP requirement if a shorter timeline is desired.
If you have a question about our pre-qualified vendor list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-828-3208.