Business Services

Vendor & Supplier Information

The Western Washington University Purchasing Department understands the value of a good working relationship. We've put together these web pages to introduce ourselves to you, the Vendor. Please explore this website to acquaint yourself with our policies, procedures, and procurement practices. Visit often to keep up to date on ever-changing bid opportunities.

eProcurement at Western (Coming Soon!)

Late in 2018 Western is planning to introduce a new tool for learning about and responding to Western specific procurement opportunities. To participate and receive these future solicitations, you will be required to complete an easy on‐line registration process (at no fee). Please be aware that many of our future quotation/bid notifications will be submitted to you electronically (with notifications via e‐mail).

Coming Soon:
WWU Open Bids

As an agency of the state of Washington, Western may also posts some bid opportunities on WEBS (Washington Electronic Business Solution). Click here for instructions for registering as a vendor on WEBS. Once registered, you will see not only Western’s bid opportunities as well as other state agencies. If you experience challenges registering, please contact the staff at WEBS at 360-902-7400 for assistance.

Thanks for your interest in Western Washington University.

General Information about How Purchasing Works at Western

To be considered to receive a quote you will need to make sure the Appropriate Buyer is aware of your company’s capability and knows how to get a quote document to you. You will also want to be sure to register at the Washington State Department of Enterprise Resources Washington's Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) where larger dollar value quote and proposal requests will be listed.

All vendors must register in Washington's Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) where all formal and informal quote and proposal request over 100,000 will be listed.

Your firm can register at this site and indicate what types of business opportunities you are interested in, and you will be automatically notified when bids or quotes are listed in those categories by any state agency. Sealed bidding is a bit more formalized process.

We value suppliers who can help us simplify the ordering, order fulfillment, invoicing and payment processes. Because we employ a largely decentralized purchasing system, it is important to provide tools which make details about products easily available, offer a very competitive price and a rapid and efficient ordering and delivery system.

Vendors needing assistance may contact WEBS Customer Service at (360) 902-7400 or email them at

These can be either contracts which are established by WWU as the result of a competitive process, or they may be contracts established by the Office of State Procurement or the Department of Information Services. At times, contracts established by other Washington state universities or consortiums are used. When contracts are put out for bid they will go through Washington's Electronic Business Solution (WEBS).

For Public Works and Architect & Engineer Types of Procurement

See Facilities Development & Capital Budget (link)

Driving Directions

Below are directions to our 32nd Street Administrative Services offices located at 333 32nd Street, Suite 130, Bellingham, WA.

From I-5 Northbound

map of the area around the Administrative Services building
  • Take the Samish Way exit 252 - go 0.2 mi
  • Turn left on S Samish Way - go 0.4 mi (where it becomes Lincoln)
  • Turn left at the light and go over freeway (Samish Way)
  • Turn left on 36th Street - go 0.2 mi
  • Curve to the right onto Fielding Ave - go 0.1 mi
  • Turn right at the stop sign
  • Turn right at the first parking entrance
  • 333 32nd Street is the building on your left
  • The Purchasing office is on the first floor, follow the signs

From I-5 Southbound

  • Take the Samish Way exit 252 - go 0.2 mi
  • Continue on 36th St - go 0.2 mi
  • Turn right at Fielding Ave - go 0.1 mi
  • Turn right at the stop sign
  • Turn right at the first parking entrance
  • 333 32nd Street is the building on your left
  • The Purchasing office is on the first floor, follow the signs

Important Links

Western Washington University Institutional Profile

Washington's Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) - Register your business to view bidding opportunities!

Public Records Request Information

Western's Standard Purchase Order Terms & Conditions