Frequently Asked Questions 
    How do I become an NDESC Vendor Partner?
    NDESC currently partners with multiple vendors to provide a wide-array of procurement categories.  If your organization provides a product and/or service that is already offered by NDESC, then your organization will need to wait until the category is re-bid upon the completion of the current contract. Please review the Contract Documents section of a current vendor for the contract maturity date. All current bids are posted on the NDESC website or you can register to receive bid notifications through our online bid platform by clicking here. 
    Should your organization provide a product and/or service that isn't currently available through a partnered NDESC vendor, please send a general informational packet including a proposal as to why you are interested in becoming a NDESC vendor and what unique benefits you can offer our members to:
    Lakes Country Service Cooperative
    Attn:  Lisa Truax, NDESC Bid & Contract Facilitator
    1001 E. Mount Faith Ave.
    Fergus Falls, MN 56537
    Upon receipt of your proposal, NDESC will review the submission as time permits and will not accept suggestions via email or phone.  If there is a new product and/or service that will be beneficial to NDESC members, and the NDESC team decides to move forward, a competitive RFP process will begin.  Due diligence will be conducted, if the submitted product and/or service is deemed proprietary and will not push the competitive bidding threshold, NDESC may enter into a negotiated agreement with the vendor.
    What are the lengths of NDESC contracts?
    Contract lengths vary depending on the agreement. Contracts can last anywhere from one (1) to four (4) years, as allowed by state competitive bidding statutes.  NDESC typically signs one (1) year terms, with the option to renew, annually, for three (3) additional years.  Negotiated agreements last one (1) year and can be renewed annually.
    What type of marketing support does the NDESC provide?
    NDESC has program representatives that are knowledgeable in all current NDESC contracts.  NDESC provides marketing support through newsletters, email campaigns, direct mail, website updates, webinars, and personal site-visits.  NDESC works collaboratively with all partnered vendors to implement a marketing plan.  NDESC assists vendors by providing the necessary outreach to increase and grow your business.