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  • How to Register as a Vendor

    The State of Michigan relies on a diverse collection of suppliers to get the goods and services it needs to operate. With hundreds of multi-year contracts valued at billions of dollars, the State always has a need for quality vendors to bid on contracts.

    Interested in bidding on contracts and selling your goods or services to the State of Michigan? The first step is to register as a vendor.

    Registration is free. Read on for how to get started.

How to Register as a Vendor

Important Registration Information

Important Registration Information

Important Registration Information

When registering as a vendor in SIGMA VSS it is important that you enter all applicable commodity codes and business types into the system. It is also important that you update your info if anything involving your company changes. Having commodity codes that are current to the goods or services you provide helps ensure you won't miss opportunities to bid on solicitations you may qualify for. Entering in all applicable business types is important as they help establish your eligibility for various programs.

This video from the SIGMA VSS team demonstrates how to add commodity codes to your account.

SIGMA VSS: Adding Commodity Codes to your VSS Account

Why Are Commodity Codes Important?

There are three primary reasons you should select commodity codes and keep them up to date:

  1. It helps us notify you. Registering with commodity codes is the only way to make sure you receive electronic notifications of bid opportunities.
  2. Other public entities use SIGMA VSS. Michigan schools and other local governments use SIGMA VSS. Identifying the correct commodity codes for your business ensures that the system will notify you of bids that match your codes.
  3. We can understand what you sell. Commodity codes are the best and quickest way to communicate to the State of Michigan what products and services your company can provide. This helps us understand our bidder pool and categorize opportunities appropriately.

In addition to entering in codes when you register it is important that you keep your codes current. If your business changes what it offers or adds a product or services, making sure that your SIGMA VSS profile is up-to-date ensures that you won't miss out on any opportunities.

About Business Types

When registering in SIGMA VSS you'll also have an opportunity to identify business types. Certain business types are eligible for purchasing preferences. For details see the Programs and Polices section of our website: Programs and Policies.

Several business types are eligible to be part of the Michigan Supplier Community (MiSC), or are eligible for purchasing preferences. In certain instances MiSC businesses are able to skip the formal bidding process and get may receive a request for a quote directly from the State.

This video from the SIGMA VSS team demonstrates how to add business types to your account.

SIGMA VSS: Adding Business Types to your VSS Account

See the chart below for businesses eligible for MiSC. Visit the MiSC page for full details and to see if you qualify for the benefits of this program: MiSC: Michgan Supplier Community.

How to Register as a Vendor - MiSC table

MiSC Eligible SIGMA VSS Business Type Definitions

MiSC Eligible SIGMA VSS Business Type Definitions

This chart details which business types in SIGMA VSS are eligible for MiSC. You should add all applicable business types to your SIGMA VSS profile.

Business Type ID Business Type Definition
AAMI Michigan Principle Location Business has its principal place of business in Michigan.
ABHZ HUBZone Business Business is HUBZone Certified by the Small Business Administration.
ACQP QOZ by Principle Location Business has its principal place of business within a Qualified Opportunity Zones as designated by the Federal Treasury Department, as found in the Federal Register at IRB Notice 2018-48.
ADQW QOZ by Employee Work Sites Business has a majority of their employees work at a location within a Qualified Opportunity Zone.
AEQH QOZ by Employee Homes Business has a majority of their employees work at a location within a Qualified Opportunity Zone.
CRHB Community Rehabilitation Organization Nonprofit charitable organization or institution incorporated in Michigan that is operated for the purpose of carrying out a recognized program of employment and training services for people with disabilities. 
SDVO Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business is 51% or more owned by one or more persons who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable, and has a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service as described in 38 USC 101(16).
SMLB Small Business Business has less than 500 employees, less than $25 million revenue.
VTRN Veteran Owned Business is 51% or more owned by one or more persons who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.