Buying from a Preferred Source

If you are a state agency , a public benefit corporation (including most public authorities), a municipality, or a school district you are required by law to purchase commodities and services from Preferred Sources first if a Preferred Source offering meets your needs for form, function, and utility.  The advantage to this type of procurement is that you do not need to follow the competitive bid process. New York has three Preferred Source organizations:

  1. New York State Department of Correctional Services Division of Industries—Corcraft, provides employment opportunities for inmates.
  2. New York State Preferred Source Program for People Who Are Blind (NYSPSP), provides employment opportunities for blind and visually impaired New Yorkers.
  3. New York State Industries for the Disabled, provides employment opportunities for both disabled New Yorkers and veterans.

Interested in buying from a Preferred Source, but not sure where to start? Check out the List of Preferred Source Offerings and learn more about how to buy with the Step-by-Step Preferred Sources Guide

While it is not possible for any private business to become a Preferred Source, it is possible for a business to partner with a Preferred Source.  To identify these opportunities, contact the Preferred Source directly for information.