Equalis Group offers contracts through world-class Lead Agency Partners who follow the industry’s most rigorous processes and procedures. Contracts are awarded through a Request for Proposal (RFP) competitive solicitation by a public entity (i.e. state, city, county, public university or school district). Solicitations are awarded to suppliers based on both financial and non-financial criteria.
Lead agency identifies member needs
Lead Agency publicly advertises and proactively distributes solicitation
Vendors submit proposal responses
Evaluate & Award
Lead Agency evaluates responses based on transparent criteria and issues contract awards
Establish Master Agreement
Lead Agency negotiates final contract and publicly posts on the contracts page
1) – The Lead Agency prepares a competitive solicitation to best meet the needs of various member agencies. The Request for Proposal (RFP) competitive solicitation incorporates language to make agreement accessible to agencies through intergovernmental (i.e.: “piggyback”) contract usage.
2) – The Lead Agency issues the competitive solicitation and any required amendments and notifications. The solicitation is publicly advertised electronically and in print. Pre-proposal conferences and meetings are conducted.
3) – Suppliers respond to the solicitation with their best offer.
4) – The lead agency evaluates proposals, optimizes final terms and awards agreement.
5) – All documentation is posted on the Equalis Group website and made available to the public.
The core to Equalis Group’s contracting philosophy is a high-integrity, competitive process. We are committed to partnering with Lead Agencies who are committed to the highest standards in the procurement process. Equalis Group provides access to the best-quality products that provide optimum total value to members.
Access to solicitation and award documentation is available for each awarded agreement. No FOIA or special request necessary. The Lead Agency procurement teams are available to answer any questions.
Meet our Lead Agent Region 10 ESC
Region 10 ESC has entered into an agreement with Equalis Group to serve as the Primary Lead Agency in a new purchasing cooperative designed to deliver best-available pricing to the Center’s K-12 partners.
About Region 10 ESC
Region 10 is one of 20 regional service centers established by the Texas State Legislature in 1967 for the purpose of providing school services. Based in Richardson, the Center and its consultants impact over 865,000 students and 106,000 school staff, of which 56,000 are teachers in over 130 ISDs, charters and private schools across ten north Texas counties.
Meet our Lead Agent CCOG
Sourcing Alliance (an Equalis company, formed in 2005) and the Cooperative Council of Governments (CCOG), an Ohio political subdivision formed under Section 167 of the Ohio Revised Code and 501 (c)(3) non-profit, partnered in 2013 to make CCOG’s publicly procured group purchasing agreements available to political subdivisions, educational institutions, local governmental entities, state agencies, the federal government, for-profit companies, and not-for-profit entities across the country.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (the nation’s top-ranked public library system serving a population of at least 500,000 people for more than 10 years in a row) and Kenston Local Schools (one of Ohio’s highest-ranked public school districts) formed CCOG in 2013 to serve as Sourcing Alliance’s Primary Lead Agency for the express purpose of (a) improving Sourcing Alliance members’ operations, reducing their costs, and increasing their efficiencies to augment their capacity to better serve their constituents and customers, and (b) developing and operating as a collective purchasing and service organization to enable Sourcing Alliance members to obtain competitive terms from vendors and service providers by utilizing the combined purchasing power of all Sourcing Alliance members. The City of Solon (one of the top-ranked cities in Ohio) joined CCOG in 2019. Today, CCOG is governed by a board comprised of senior leaders from the Library, Kenston, and Solon.
See the 2021 CCOG Board Meeting Schedule.