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Doing Business With TCL

TCL believes in being an active member of the communities in which we serve. After all, communities that invest in their people are communities that ensure their future. That’s why we’re not only proud to serve four Lowcountry counties in which we’re located, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper, we’re also proud to live and work here.

 

How To Do Business with The Technical College of the Lowcountry

The TCL Purchasing Department is responsible for procuring goods and services for the college in accordance with the South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code. The department responds to the operating needs of all college departments providing quality goods and services at competitive prices within an appropriate timeframe.

 

The TCL purchasing office is located in Building 3 on the Beaufort Campus. Vendors should make an appointment prior to visiting the office to guarantee uninterrupted time with the purchasing director. The director can be reached by calling 843.525.8250 or via email at cmack@tcl.edu.

 

Only the College Purchasing Director has the authority to issue orders on behalf of TCL. Other college personnel may place orders using a state procurement card. All other orders require either a valid purchase order number or a valid state procurement card number.

 

Unauthorized Purchases

The College will not consider any order binding unless a purchase order has been issued for that purchase. All purchases must be approved and authorized by the Procurement Director or made with a state procurement card. Purchases made outside these guidelines may be returned to the vendor at the vendor’s cost or consider them a donation to TCL.

 

College Purchases

  • Small Purchases:  Purchases for $10,000 or less do not require competition, provided that the price is fair and reasonable.
  • Purchases $10,001 to $50,000, the solicitation has to be advertised in South Carolina Business Opportunities Publication (SCBO) at least once.  The award will be made to the lowest responsive and responsible vendor.  Click here to view SCBO ads (http://www.procurement.sc.gov).
  • Purchases $50,001 and over, the solicitation will be sent to the Materials Management Office (MMO) in Columbia for processing.  Allow at least 120 days or longer for the solicitation to be processed.
  • Certain categories of goods and services are covered under statewide purchasing contracts.  TCL must purchase these items from the approved contract vendors.  Current statewide contracts can be found at www.procurement.sc.gov.

 

Invoices

All invoices must reference the purchase order number and be submitted to the Technical College of the Lowcountry, Attention Accounts Payable Department, PO Box 1288, Beaufort, SC 29901.

 

Shipping Instructions

All shipments must be FOB, freight prepaid, to TCL unless otherwise specified in the Solicitation. Also, all shipments must be delivered to the location shown on the purchase order. Shipments or deliveries made to other locations may delay payment. Vendors are not to deliver directly to the requestor unless approved by the Procurement Office. All shipments must reference a valid purchase order number.

 

Reservation of Rights

TCL reserves the right to make modifications to the contents of these instructions without prior notice to the vendor. If a discrepancy occurs with this website, to include but not limited to, instructions and the solicitation or purchase order, the contents of the solicitation and/or purchase order will govern.

 

Questions

Should any questions arise concerning the contents of this publication, or doing business with the Technical College of the Lowcountry, contact the Procurement Officer at 843.525.8250.

 

Renting TCL Facilities

College facilities are primarily for the academic and related activities of the institution. However, space may be available to external organizations when TCL is open, adequately staffed and when existing facility space and parking are not required for current operations.

 

If your organization or group has an interest in renting TCL facilities for a meeting or event, please send a letter of request, including the specific detail such as date, time, type and purpose of the event and the number attending to the Vice President for Administrative Services. Mail to: Technical College of the Lowcountry, ATTN: Vice President for Administrative Services, PO Box 1288, Beaufort, SC 29901 or fax the letter to 843-525-8330.

 

The Vice President’s office will notify the requestor if the space is available and if there is a charge. Additional services such as security, multi-media equipment and staff, administrative, and others may be charged depending on the request.