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 45 charter public schools
• 25 in Kansas City
• 20 in St. Louis
• Three additional charter public schools are approved to open in St. Louis in Fall 2013


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Program Details

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Tier 1 – Market Place Vendor
MCPSA’s Vendor Market place 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 Market Place is not an endorsement by MCPSA of any vendor. Instead, the market place serves as a tool for school leaders and business managers in identifying potential vendors for various products and services.

Tier 2 – Preferred Vendor
MCPSA’s Preferred Vendors 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 Manager of Consortiums and Business Partners • A web-based research of customer feedback and BBB Status • A reference check, specifically focused on K-12 educational market experience • A review of financial & risk management practices • An assessment of experience, offerings, and value-adds.

Tier 3 – Cooperative Purchasing & Shared Services
Cooperative Purchasing & Shared Service Vendors have undergone MCPSA’s most advanced vendor evaluation. These companies are partners with the Missouri Charter Public School Association and have agreed to provide schools with economy of scale pricing. Along with the 5-point evaluation process, these companies have undergone an additional vetting process to ensure that 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 Network meetings. Companies that choose to sponsor an event may receive specialized recognition through airtime during general session,  presentation time during conference breakout sessions, handing 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

Download and complete the application and submit to Melissa Martin at

Download (PDF, 1.67MB)

All Market Place application submissions will be reviewed within 5 business days. Preferred Vendor and Cooperative Purchasing applications will be evaluated within 20 business days.

For more information, please contact Melissa Martin (

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 2012, 93% 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.

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