What is the electronic Vendor Portal?

The electronic Vendor Portal (eVP) is an online application used by vendors who are registering to do business with the State of North Carolina.

What are the benefits of the electronic Vendor Portal?

The consolidation of NC E-Procurement and the Interactive Purchasing System (IPS) reduces the need for a vendor to maintain information in multiple applications. Any updates made to the eVP will be sent to the appropriate statewide systems. Additionally, registering in eVP will automatically make vendors eligible to access NC BIDS.

What is NC BIDS?

NC BIDS is the North Carolina Business Invitation Delivery System. This system provides vendors the opportunity to submit bid responses electronically. For additional information, please view the NC BIDS Frequently Asked Questions.

How do I access NC BIDS?

Navigate to IPS and locate the bid to which you wish to respond. Upon choosing to respond, you will be directed to log into NC BIDS using your eVP Username and Password.

Interactive Purchasing System

Who has access to NC BIDS?

Any contact that has completed a profile on a vendor account that is fully registered in eVP.

How do I complete my electronic Vendor Portal account?

Who do I contact for assistance with or questions on my registration?

If you have any questions during the registration process, please contact the NC electronic Vendor Portal Help Desk at 888-211-7440, option 2, or

What do the different registration types mean?

The different registration types allow a vendor to register for different services.

The services are:
  • NC E-Procurement @ Your Service - Vendors can register to receive purchase orders from State Entities, Local Education Authorities (K-12 Schools Systems), Community Colleges, and participating Local Governments.
  • Interactive Purchasing System (IPS) - Vendors can register to receive e-mail notifications of procurement and construction opportunities based on designated commodity/construction codes.
  • HUB Certification - Vendors must request certification through the electronic Vendor Portal if they wish to be certified as a Historically Underutilized Business.

Do I still need to register my business for IPS and HUB in a separate location?

No, a vendor does not need to register for IPS and HUB in a separate location. By selecting the IPS registration type, a vendor will be prompted to fill out all required information to receive bid notifications and display in the searchable IPS directory. By selecting the HUB registration type, a vendor will begin the HUB certification process.

Are there any fees associated with the electronic Vendor Portal?

There is no fee to register for eVP; however, there is a 1.75% transaction fee on applicable purchase orders issued through NC E-Procurement for the sale of goods.

Do I need to apply for HUB Certification in a separate location?

No, by selecting the HUB registration type in eVP, a vendor will begin the HUB Certification process.

Where can I find additional resources regarding the electronic Vendor Portal?

Web Based Trainings

The Web-Based Trainings are divided into individual courses covering topics, such as completing electronic Vendor Portal (eVP) registration, managing contacts, viewing billing information, searching for registered vendors, and maintaining the electronic Vendor Portal (eVP) account. They are self-paced and provide an opportunity for users to build skills or reinforce knowledge.

What is NC E-Procurement?

NC E-Procurement is a single, enterprise-wide, web-based E-Procurement system that offers electronic purchase order processing and enhanced administrative functions to buyers and suppliers, resulting in operational efficiencies, cost savings, and strategic procurement information.

Why is NC E-Procurement beneficial to the State of North Carolina?

NC E-Procurement provides an innovative, cost-saving, and efficient method of purchasing. NC E-Procurement allows over 150 government entities to aggregate their purchases to obtain better prices from suppliers. Electronic state term contract catalogs reduce the time to create a requisition by automatically pre-populating required information, including price. Additionally, NC E-Procurement allows greater visibility into statewide procurement information, allowing the State to negotiate better term contract savings.

What entities participate in NC E-Procurement?

State agencies, K-12 schools, community colleges, and local governments, including counties and municipalities, are able to participate. This provides great opportunities for leveraged purchasing and will enable small entities to obtain savings.

What benefits will the vendor see from NC E-Procurement?

NC E-Procurement provides vendors with increased access to markets without additional supplier marketing efforts, a single point of access for a statewide audience of public sector buyers, including state agencies, public schools, institutions and hospitals, local governments, community colleges and more, and increased order accuracy through receipt of electronic orders with a consistent purchase order format. Overall, NC E-Procurement can help vendors realize processing, marketing, and administrative cost savings.

Are there any fees associated with NC E-Procurement?

There is a transaction fee of 1.75% on purchase orders issued through NC E-Procurement for goods only. This fee is applied once the supplier receives payment from a buying entity on an order issued. There is no registration fee or annual fee to participate.

Please see Billing FAQs for more information.

What is the purpose of the 1.75% fee?

The transaction fee supports the development and ongoing operations of NC E-Procurement. These operations are comprised of development and execution of training required for both buyers and suppliers, and the ongoing maintenance and services needed to sustain NC E-Procurement.

Who sponsored the NC E-Procurement Project?

In a collaborative effort, North Carolina's Department of Administration, the Office of the State Controller, and the Department of Information Technology sponsored the implementation of the NC E-Procurement purchasing system.

What is the Interactive Purchasing System (IPS)?

North Carolina procurements are advertised online through the Interactive Purchasing System (IPS), which provides free email notifications of bidding opportunities to registered Vendors. IPS advertises solicitations from all state agencies, community colleges, universities, public schools and some local governments.

What are the benefits to registering for IPS?

  • Receive free, next day email notifications of procurement opportunities based on selected commodities
  • Market your company to state agencies, universities, community colleges and public schools seeking a wide range of products and services
  • Obtain Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) certification
  • Register and enter information online about your company that can be updated anytime (e.g., staff changes, products, etc)
  • View tabulation and award information
  • Search for open solicitations
  • View solicitations 24/7 via Internet

Does my business still need to complete a separate registration for IPS?

No, a vendor does not need to register for IPS in a separate location. By selecting the IPS registration type, a vendor will be prompted to fill out all required information to receive bid notifications and display in the searchable IPS directory.

IPS Contact

For IPS specific questions please contact:


What is the definition of a HUB vendor?

Fifty-one percent of the business is owned by, and the day-to-day management and daily business operations are controlled by, one of the following:
  • Black, Hispanic, Asian-American, American Indian, Female or a Socially and Economically Disadvantaged person, or Disabled-Owned

What are the advantages of becoming certified as a HUB Vendor?

Certification as a HUB vendor provides greater exposure for business opportunities in state procurement and contracting. The names of HUB firms are listed in the Vendor Link and electronic Vendor Portal which are both widely used by state agencies, universities, community colleges, local schools, local governments and institutions and the public to locate historically underutilized businesses for goods, services and construction.

How do I apply for HUB Certification?

To request HUB certification, you must complete a three step process:

1) Elect to start the HUB certification process in the electronic Vendor Portal, fill out all required information, and complete IPS registration and accept HUB Terms of Use.

2) Submit completed Statewide Uniform Certification (SWUC) application or SWUC Re-certification application.

3) Submit Required Certification / Re-certification documents.

Upon receipt of the required documentation in the HUB office, the office has 45-90 days to render a decision. An email notification will be sent if additional information is needed and when the decision has been rendered. Please go to the HUB Office website to view the SWUC application and additional list of required documents.

Do I need to register for IPS if I am only interested in being HUB certified?

Yes, in order to become HUB certified, you must register for IPS; however, you may select to not receive electronic notifications of bids.

What are the key functions of the HUB Office?

As a result of Executive Order #150 and General Statutes 143-48 & 143-128.2(g)(1)(2)(3) , the Historically Underutilized Business Program was established to encourage increased participation in the State's procurement process. Effective April 20, 1999, the program was moved from the Division of Purchase and Contract to the Office of the Secretary of N.C. Department of Administration to increase the awareness and visibility of the program.

The primary objectives of the HUB Office are to:
  • Increase the amount of goods and services acquired by the state from businesses owned and controlled by HUB firms.
  • Encourage the purchasing officers within the state agencies, departments and universities to identify and utilize prospective HUB designated vendors and service providers.
  • Educate vendors on "how to" do business with the state.
  • Encourage participation of qualified HUB designated vendors by directing them to agencies that can benefit from their product or service.
  • Maintain a database of designated HUB vendors for use by state purchasers, general contractors and other purchasing entities seeking qualified vendors.
  • Sponsor seminars and conduct training workshops that assist HUB vendors become an active participant in state contracting opportunities.

What technical assistance does the HUB Office offer?

  • Assistance with online vendor registration and HUB Certification
  • Assistance with updating vendor profile
  • Bid searching techniques
  • Marketing strategies
  • One-on-one consultation
  • Business development needs assessment
  • Business resource and financial assistance referrals

What grants or other financial assistance does the HUB Office offer?

The HUB Office does not offer grants or financial services to HUB firms. However, we have collaborative partnerships with several business resource organizations that have financial programs that we refer HUB firms for assistance. The Small Business Administration is a good resource for financial assistance and/or grants.

Is a HUB firm assured of getting a contract?

No. HUB certification does not guarantee that you will receive a contract with the State of North Carolina nor any public entity. However, HUB certification does provide greater exposure for your firm to the business community. It is important to develop a marketing plan and market your business to the agencies who buy what you sell.

HUB Contact

For HUB specific questions and to send in your required documents please contact:

Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses
1336 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1336