Vendor Registration Process

Vendor Announcement

The Erie County Department of Procurement is proud to announce that we will now be using Public Purchase, a web-based eProcurement service. In order to receive bid notifications as a current vendor, you must register with this new system. This process will only take a few minutes.

This eProcurement system is compliant with all federal and state regulations, which determine the required procedures for government agency purchasing practices. This service will also create an up-to-date vendor database, which will be hosted on Public Purchase’s servers and will allow suppliers to easily update and change their information as needed.

Instructions to Register with Public Purchase

  1. To begin using the eProcurement system, register online. It may take up to 24 hours for your account to become active. You will receive an email from letting you know your account is activated. Be sure to add this email address to your contacts to avoid the bid notification emails being sent to your junk folder. If you are already registered with Public Purchase previously please proceed directly to Step 2.
  2. Once you have received your activation email from Public Purchase, log into and accept the terms and conditions of use.
  3. Click on the “Tools” tab, then click on the “Agencies” tab. This will take you to the agency search page. In the agency name box, type in the name of the agency. Leave the “new agency since” box blank. Make sure Registration Status says “All.”
  4. Click on “Search.” This will bring up the agency below. To the far right of it, you will see “View” and “Register.” Click on the “Register” link to complete the vendor registration with the agency. It is important that this second part of the registration is complete or you will not receive notifications of upcoming quote opportunities from Erie County. It is your responsibility to keep the information up to date, particularly the contacts and email addresses.

If you need any assistance with this process, please contact Public Purchase at or use the Public Purchase live chat during business hours. It can be found in the upper left corner of the website.