This help page provides an index to the information available through the links on the Contracting Opportunities page. Additional background information is available on our New Vendor Information page.
All State Procurements - South Carolina Business Opportunities
South Carolina Business Opportunities (SCBO), referred to as "Skee-bo," is the official State government publication used to provide the business community with notice of all non-exempt, competitive procurements for construction, information technology, supplies, and services. SCBO includes a single notice for every competitive procurement conducted by any State entity (including colleges and universities) subject to the Consolidated Procurement Code if the value exceeds $10,000. Click here for the SCBO home page.
SCEIS Procurements - South Carolina Enterprise Information System
SCEIS is the single, statewide enterprise system for finance, materials management (i.e., procurement or purchasing) and human resources/payroll. Except for the State's colleges and universities, all State agencies subject to the Consolidated Procurement Code use SCEIS to publish on the internet all competitive solicitations - excluding those related to construction - if the value will exceed $10,000.
Click here to see a listing of all non-exempt, open solicitations issued by the State's central purchasing office (Procurement Services, acting through its Information Technology Management Office) for data processing, telecommunications, office systems, software, hardware, and related systems. This listing includes only solicitations issued through the SCEIS system.
Click here to see a listing of all non-exempt, open solicitations issued by the State's central purchasing office (Procurement Services, acting through its State Procurement Office) for all manner of supplies and services - excluding construction and information technology. This listing includes only solicitations issued through the SCEIS system.
Open Response Dates Procurements - "Rolling Awards"
If authorized by the original solicitation, the State may use "competitive fixed price bidding" to create procurements with an open response date. In other words, the solicitation may provide for bids to be accepted continuously or periodically during the contract term. In such procurements, the State - before it issues its solicitation - must establish the maximum amount it will pay for the services, supplies, or information technology desired.
The links take you to a listing of all open solicitations conducted by the central purchasing office using the competitive fixed pricing bidding rules. Use the Information Technology link for solicitations issued by the Information Technology Management Office for data processing, telecommunications, office systems, software, hardware, and related systems. Use the link for Supplies & Services for solicitations issued by the State Procurement Office for all manner of supplies and services, not including IT or construction.
SCBO, described above, is used by numerous political subdivisions, such as school districts, cities, counties, and public service districts; however, they are not required to do so. SCEIS, described above, is not used by numerous State agencies - primarily public colleges and universities. Accordingly, SCBO or SCEIS cannot be relied on for finding notice of all available public contracting opportunities in South Carolina. Fortunately, many of these entities post their solicitations and awards to the internet. As a service to the business community, Procurement Services maintains an incomplete list of these websites. Click here to go to a list of websites Procurement Services maintains. The list includes only South Carolina state and local procurement offices.