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Association of School Business OfficialsASBO International provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth and the effective use of educational resources. With an average budget oversight of $60 million annually, ASBO International members are the finance decision makers in school districts around the world.

Association of Educational Facilities Maintenance ProfessionalsAPPA (formerly the Association of Physical Plant Administrators) serves educational facilities professionals. An international association dedicated to maintaining, protecting, and promoting the quality of educational facilities, APPA represents more than 1,500 learning institutions serving over 4,700 individuals.

National Association of Educational ProcurementNAEP is a non-profit professional association primarily dedicated to serving higher education purchasing officers in the U.S. and Canada. NAEP’s mission is to facilitate the development, exchange and practice of effective and ethical procurement principles and techniques within higher education and associated communities through continuing education, networking, public information and advocacy.

National School Plant Management AssociationThe NSPMA helps improve school plant management, maintenance and care, as well as promoting the professional advancement of school plant management personnel. Membership includes school superintendents, maintenance personnel, custodial supervisors, and others employed in school operations.


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Educational & Institutional Cooperative PurchasingE&I is a not-for-profit buying cooperative providing goods and services to its National Association of Educational Buyers (NEAB) members. The Cooperative is owned by its membership of more than 1,500 tax-exempt colleges, universities, prep schools, hospitals, medical research institutions and hospital purchasing organizations located throughout the United States.

National Intergovernmental Purchasing AllianceNational Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (National IPA) is a cooperative purchasing organization dedicated to public agencies, educational institutions, non-profits and agencies for public benefit. Eligible participants include:

  • State Government
  • Local Government (Cities/Counties/Municipalities)
  • Public and Private Educational Institutions and Systems
  • Special Districts
  • Government-Education Healthcare Entities
  • Nonprofits
  • Any agency that exists for public benefit


National Joint Powers AllianceNational Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) is a national contracting organization governed by publicly elected board of directors, cooperatively serving all qualifying municipal, educational and non-profit agencies through the combined purchasing leverage of all qualifying agencies.

The Cooperative Purchasing NetworkTCPN is a national governmental purchasing cooperative able to leverage one of the largest pools of purchasing potential. We competitively bid and award contracts to national vendors in accordance with purchasing procedures mandated by state procurement laws and regulations. This means equal pricing for the smallest entities and the largest buyers. TCPN contracts are available for use and benefit all entities that must comply with state purchasing laws (public and private schools, colleges and universities, cities, counties, non-profits, and all governmental entities). Participation in TCPN will provide your entity the legally required competition for contracts on commonly purchased products and services. We award contracts based on quality, proven performance, and most importantly, pricing.

NASPO ValuePoint LogoNASPO ValuePoint was formed in October 1993 by the state purchasing directors from fifteen NASPO western states. The primary purpose of creating NASPO ValuePoint was to establish the means by which participating states may join together in cooperative multi-State contracting. This approach helps states to achieve cost-effective and efficient acquisition of quality products and services. Cooperative purchases are developed by member states.

BuyQ LogoBuyQ is the nation’s only group purchasing organization devoted specifically to charter schools. By working in collaboration with 25 state-based charter support organizations, BuyQ is able to leverage the combined purchasing power of 5,000+ charter schools, or 85% of all charter schools, to deliver significant savings and other charter-specific benefits unavailable when buying on your own.


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