PROCUREMENT INFORMATION

Port Tampa Bay Procurement (PTB) Department is responsible for the purchasing of construction, improvement, repair, and/or building, goods, supplies materials and services, to be used for port purposes, as specified by Chapter 95-488, Laws of Florida ("Enabling Act").

As a public entity, PTB is constantly striving to ensure that the procurement of goods and services is efficient, cost effective and in compliance with all PTB policies and applicable laws. In addition, it is important to PTB to make certain that such goods and services are solicited in such a manner that is fair and equitable to all potential providers. We invite all businesses to participate in PTB's purchasing process.

For questions regarding the procurement process, please contact:

Donna Casey
Procurement Analyst
Phone: (813) 905-5044
email [email protected]

Nancy L. Marino, CPE
Director of Procurement
email [email protected]

Procurement Notices

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PTB advertises procurements in the local newspapers (Tampa Bay Times, LaGaceta and Florida Sentinel) as well as on the Onvia-DemandStar e-Procurement Database System (DemandStar). PTB uses DemandStar to manage bid activity for formal procurements. If you wish to download bid documents, you may do so by purchasing a subscription to DemandStar. For your convenience, a link to the DemandStar website is located above the document table on the Procurement Information page.

The method of selecting a vendor/contractor/consultant for PTB goods and/or services is consistent with PTB’s purchasing policy which requires most contracts, goods and services greater than $15,000 to be handled through a formal competitive procurement process. The competitive procurement process (with few exceptions) takes place through the issuance of an Invitation to Bid (ITB), Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Qualifications (RFQ) depending on the type of goods or services that are being procured.

PTB maintains a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program. The program is race, ethnic and gender neutral. PTB has a written policy to enhance contracting opportunities for SBE businesses. The policy encourages the use of registered SBE businesses to the greatest extent possible on all projects. PTB has a nine percent (9%) SBE participation goal for every contract. The SBE program and eligibility requirements are available on the website under Procurement Information.

SBE Definition

An eligible Small Business Enterprise (SBE) for PTB transactions is one that is independently owned and operated, that employs twenty-five (25) or fewer permanent full-time employees at the time of contract award, and a) whose gross annual sales in goods/services/supplies averaged over the previous three (3) year period is three million dollars ($3,000,000) or less; and b) whose gross annual sales in construction services and materials averaged over the previous three (3) year period is five million dollars ($5,000.000) or less. A business entity must be in business at least six (6) months before an SBE application for that entity will be considered. Any qualified business entity within PTB’s seven county area will be considered for SBE status. The seven (7) county area includes: Hillsborough, Hernando, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Any small business with a certificate/registration as an SBE for the City of Tampa or Hillsborough County may be added to the Port's SBE list. This provision will become null and void if at any time either entity’s standards no longer match those of the Port.

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