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Become a Prequalified Marketing Vendor

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 Prequalified Marketing Vendors for marketing and creative services. Prequalification 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.

CATEGORIES

A prequalified 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 prequalify marketing vendors in the following service categories:

  • Broadcast / Video Production
  • Copywriting / Editing
  • Creative / Concept Development
  • Digital Strategy
  • Event / Sponsorship Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Market Research
  • Market Strategy / Planning
  • Media Planning / Buying
  • Outreach / Public Relations
  • Photography

Marketing firms can apply to be prequalified in multiple service categories.

PREQUALIFICATION PROCESS

Both businesses and individuals (sole proprietors or consultants) can apply for prequalification. Applicants must complete a basic prequalification 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 2-4 weeks of your submitting your application, you’ll receive a decision letter. If you have been approved for prequalification, your basic contact information will be included in our list of Prequalified Marketing Vendors, that is available for review by any state agency or department and the general public.

Prequalification 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. Prequalification status lasts for three years. The process to renew prequalification status is the same as the initial prequalification process. Vendors located both within and outside of Vermont are eligible for prequalification. 

Please note that prequalification does not guarantee any level of business from the State of Vermont. Prequalified vendors are required to follow the applicable bidding processes as outlined by the Secretary of Administration in Bulletin 3.5.

Download the Prequalification Application for Marketing Services.

Note: Hard copy application submissions are no longer accepted. Please submit electronically per the instructions detailed within the Prequalification Application for Marketing Services.