Vendor sales efforts to a city agency are not prohibited and may be the best way to achieve small sales (sales less than $5,000). City agencies often request product and service information to keep current with the latest state of the art technologies, materials, sources of supply, etc. Furnishing sales literature or other product information is considered normal sales effort.
However, such requests do not imply that you will receive an agency's order. Depending on a number of conditions, an agency's final requirement may result in a solicitation being issued by the purchasing division.
Vendors often have a product or service that may be of interest to many agencies within the City of Manassas government. The purchasing division can make arrangements for product demonstrations where a number of similar vendor products or services may be reviewed.
The City of Manassas purchasing division is a member of several professional associations that sponsor vendor presentations. The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) hosts an Annual Forum and Products Exposition where vendors may demonstrate their products / services to a large number of U.S. and Canadian governments. The Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) hosts two conferences a year that include vendor product demonstrations.