Register with NJSTART
To be considered as a vendor for the State of New Jersey, register at NJSTART, the Division of Purchase and Property’s eProcurement System.
On NJSTART you can search bidding opportunities, maintain copies of documents necessary for responding to bidding opportunities, or search existing contracts to help find subcontracting opportunities.
Register with Department of Labor for Public Works Contractors
Public works contractors need to be Registered with the New Jersey Department of Labor in order to bid on a public works contract.
Obtain Certifications to Take Advantage of State Programs & Set-Asides
The State of New Jersey has several Certifications that can help businesses take advantage of programs and procurement opportunities.
New Jersey Businesses can certify as the following businesses with the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services. Certifying their business, will allow them to participate in Set-Asides and other State Programs, and be listed in the New Jersey Selective Assistance Vendor Information (NJSAVI) a database that companies use to find diverse Vendor opportunities.
- Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
- Disabled Veteran Owned Business (DVOB)
- Veteran Owned Business (VOB)
- Minority or Women Owned Business (M/WOB)
Read Additional Guidance on Applying for Certifications
New Jersey currently has set-aside of 25% of its purchase order dollars for Registered Small Business Enterprises (SBE) that can help small businesses compete for government contracts. A Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise DVOB can also take advantage of a 3% set-aside.
Some departments require additional certifications either from their own agency, or Federal Agencies to participate in their set-aside programs. This includes the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
To learn more, read our Article on Additional Certifications