If you are a marketing professional interested in doing project work for state government, we’d like to hear from you.
The Chief Marketing Office maintains a list of Pre-qualified Marketing Vendors for marketing and creative services. Pre-qualification of marketing vendors allows the CMO to ensure a consistent level of quality and provides a mechanism for oversight of marketing expenditures. This summary of firms 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. We pre-qualify marketing vendors in the following service categories:
- Broadcast Development / Video Production
- Copywriting / Editing
- Creative Direction / Concept Development
- Digital Strategy
- Event / Sponsorship Marketing
- Graphic Design
- Market Research
- Market Strategy / Planning
- Media Planning / Buying
- Outreach / Public Relations
- Professional Photography
Marketing firms can apply to be pre-qualified in multiple service categories.
Both businesses and individuals (sole proprietors or consultants) can apply for pre-qualification. Applicants must complete a basic pre-qualification application and submit the following:
- Complete application
- Work samples
- Client references
- Signed acknowledgment of the state’s standard contract provisions
Business Registration with the Vermont Secretary of State (not part of application, but CMO’s office will verify active status)
- Letter of “Good Standing” from the Vermont Department of Taxes (indicating no taxes are owed)
We review the application materials and contact your references via email with a few simple questions about their satisfaction with your work. Usually within 2-3 weeks of your submitting your application, you’ll receive a decision letter. If you have been approved for pre-qualification, your basic contact information will be included in our list of Pre-qualified Marketing Vendors, that is available for review by any state agency or department and the general public.
Pre-qualification through the CMO is a requirement for all firms that wish to bid and contract for marketing work with the state of Vermont for contracts over $25,000 in value. Pre-qualification status lasts for two years. The process to renew pre-qualification status is the same as the initial pre-qualification process. Vendors located both within and outside of Vermont are eligible for pre-qualification.
Please note that pre-qualification does not guarantee any level of business from the state of Vermont. Pre-qualified vendors are required to follow the applicable bidding processes as outlined by the Secretary of Administration in Bulletin 3.5.
Download the Pre-Qualification Application for Marketing Services.