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Vendor Program

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Program Overview

The MCPSA Preferred Business Partners Network leverages the purchasing power of Missouri Charter Public Schools and expands access to high quality, cost-saving products and services. Participating in MCPSA’s vendor program will give you direct access to more than 45 charter school business and operations managers. Through our online market place, vendor directory, annual conference booths, and sponsorship opportunities your company can be on the minds of the financial decision makers in Missouri charter schools! Missouri charter public schools are: • Public schools that are free and open to all students in the district where the schools operates; • Funded through state and local public funds; and, • Governed by independent school boards whose sole focus is one school, or group of schools under one charter Missouri has 48 charter public schools • 24 in Kansas City • 24 in St. Louis

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Program Details

Tier 1 – Marketplace Vendor MCPSA’s Marketplace Vendor is the most basic level of the vendor program. Businesses will receive a listing on MCPSA’s website and a listing in our annual vendor directory. MCPSA staff does not screen Market Place vendors and therefore being a member of the program at the Markeplace level is not an endorsement by MCPSA. Instead, the marketplace serves as a tool for school leaders and business managers in identifying potential vendors for various products and services. Tier 2 – Preferred Partner MCPSA’s Preferred Partner program showcases companies that have an established track record in Missouri schools. Participants in this level of the vendor program must undergo MCPSA’s 5-point evaluation process which includes: • An interview with MCPSA’s Business and Communications Manager • Web-based research of customer feedback and BBB Status • Follow-up with 2 professional references, preferably ones involved in K-12 education • A review of company financial & risk management practices • An assessment of experience, offerings, and value-adds. Tier 3 – Cooperative Purchasing & Shared Services Partner Cooperative Purchasing & Shared Service Partners must undergo the same rigorous evaluation process as Preferred Partners.  In addition, Cooperative Purchasing and Shared Services Partners must agree to provide schools with economy of scale pricing to ensure they offer the greatest level of cost savings for Missouri Charter Schools. Event Sponsorship Throughout the year, MCPSA hosts multiple programs and events including conferences, workshops, advocacy events, and networking meetings.  Companies that choose to sponsor an event may receive specialized recognition through airtime during general session,  presentation time during conference breakout sessions, the opportunity to hand out promotional materials, and/or having their logo printed on event materials. Log onto MCPSA’s website to view sponsorship opportunities for the 2013 – 2014 academic year.

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To Apply

For more information or to apply to be part a MCPSA Preferred Partner, please contact Jenny Roff at Who we are: The Missouri Charter Public School Association is the membership and professional organization that supports charter public schools, administrators, teachers, parents, and students in the State of Missouri. In 2013, 98% of Missouri Charter Public Schools were members of our association and 100% of school sponsors were associate members. Charter schools served 18,000 students in the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City. As the charter school movement continues to gain momentum in Missouri, it is predicted that in the upcoming years charter schools will span statewide.