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IDOA is committed to revitalizing Indiana's economy. A key component of this endeavor is for state government to invest in and support those firms that have made, and continue to make, significant economic investment in Indiana. The Buy Indiana initiative, established by Executive Order 05-05, sets a goal for state agencies to procure 90 cents ($.90) of each dollar from Indiana businesses.

Defining an Indiana Business

An entity qualifies as an Indiana business if it meets any one of the five conditions as set out in I.C. 5-22-15-20.5(b).

  1. A business whose principal place of business is located in Indiana
  2. A business that pays a majority of its payroll (in dollar volume) to residents of Indiana
  3. A business that employs Indiana residents as a majority of its employees
  4. A business that makes significant capital investments in Indiana as defined below
  5. A business that has a substantial positive economic impact on Indiana as defined below

Significant Capital Investment

Any company that can demonstrate a minimum capital investment in Indiana of $5 million or more in plant and/or equipment or annual lease payments in Indiana of $2.5 million or more shall qualify as an Indiana business under I.C. 5-22-15-20.5 (b)(4).

Substantial Positive Economic Impact on Indiana

Any company that is in the top 500 companies for one of the following categories: number of employees (DWD), unemployment taxes (DWD), payroll withholding taxes (DOR), or corporate income taxes (DOR); shall qualify as an Indiana business under I.C. 5-22-15-20.5(b)(5).

How to Qualify Your Business

Step 1: Send an email inquiry to buyindianainvest@idoa.in.gov and clearly identify which condition under I.C. 5-22-15-20.5(b) your company is claiming. Supplemental documents or information will be requested for verification. Be mindful to select the correct condition as IDOA will only evaluate your company on the requested selection.

Step 2: An email response will be given. If qualified, you will receive confirmation of qualification status for a year from the email response date.

Step 3: Update your bidder profile registration.

If you have previously registered your business with IDOA:

Please update your existing bidder profile registration. Click on the link titled Buy Indiana. Please select the appropriate condition for your business in which you have received email confirmation. You may only select one condition. The next step is to certify the selection by clicking the check box next to the certification paragraph. Once this is complete, please save your selection and exit your account. If you need assistance accessing your bidder profile, click here to submit an issue to GMIS, our support team.

If you have not previously registered with IDOA:

Please register your business with the Department of Administration. During the registration process, you will follow the steps outlined in the paragraph above to certify your status.

Procurement Methods and Basis for Award

Bids - follows the process set forth in statute - I.C. 5-22-15-20.5

Depending on the size of the state's purchase, the Buy Indiana preference is applied as follows:

1% on purchase of $1 million and up
3% on 500,000 to $1 million purchases
5% on purchases valued at less than 500,000

Request for Proposals and Professional Services - uses a revised scoring system for determining the award as follows:

Management Assessment/Quality 40 pts.
Price 35 pts.
Buy Indiana Company 5 pts.
Indiana Economic Impact 5 pts.
Veteran's Business Enterprise 5 pts.
MWBE Requirement 
5 pts. each for Women and Minority participation
10 pts.
Total 100 pts.
No commitment for XBE will result in -1 pt.
+1 bonus pt. will be awarded for the highest XBE.

Vendors who wish to respond to a solicitation and claim Buy Indiana, for any condition set forth in I.C. 5-22-15-20.5 (b), must have email confirmation of their status provided by buyindianainvest@idoa.in.gov. A copy of this confirmation must be included in the solicitation response. The email confirmation must have been provided within one year prior to the proposal due date.



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