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NYSID's Corporate Partnering Program

The Preferred Source Program was established via Article XI, Section 162 of the New York State Finance Law in order to advance special social and economic goals related to the employment of New Yorkers with disabilities. Under this law, certain providers have "preferred source" status in that where a preferred source can deliver an approved commodity or service meeting a State customer's requirements, the State must purchase that commodity or service from the preferred source.

The Corporate Partnering Program was created, as part of this same legislation, to foster partnerships between preferred sources and private vendors, who share the mission of creating integrated work opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities.

Partnerships under this program are formed when a NYSID Member Agency (i.e. the "preferred source") and a private vendor work together to perform the work on a preferred source contract for an approved service or commodity. The NYSID Member Agency and private vendor enter into a written partnership agreement outlining the responsibilities of each party and the other requirements that must be met for program compliance.

Preferred sources provide a vast array of approved Services, including, but not limited to:

  • Janitorial
  • Furniture Refurbishment
  • Industrial Laundry
  • Data Imaging
  • Temporary Personnel
  • Inventory Control
  • Data Entry
  • Mail Fulfillment Services
  • Photocopying
  • Messenger Service
  • Electronic Recycling
  • Garbage Pick Up & Recycling
  • Food Warehousing, Storage, & Distribution
  • Secure Document Destruction
  • Meal Preparation & Delivery
  • Transcription

Click here for a full list of the approved Services and Commodities provided by preferred sources.

Private vendors interested in partnering with a NYSID Member Agency must first submit a fully completed Questionnaire to NYSID for review and approval. Once the Questionnaire is approved, the private vendor is now eligible to become a Corporate Partner. To take the next step in becoming a Corporate Partner, the private vendor must then identify both a Member Agency with whom to partner and a contracting opportunity.

To locate a NYSID Member Agency in your geographic region, please refer to the NYSID Member map located as a link off of our home page at http://www.nysid.org/map.cfm. Member agencies are listed by county and a brief profile of each agency is provided to assist you in selecting a Member Agency that might represent the 'best fit' for a partnering arrangement.

Leads for service and commodity contracts can be found in the New York State Contract Reporter, the New York City Record, and websites for the NYS Office of General Services, county and municipal governments. Members' marketing contacts at local, state, county and municipal agencies can also be a valuable source of contract leads.

All State agencies, political subdivisions and public benefit corporations (including most public authorities), are required to purchase approved commodities and services from preferred sources in accordance with State Finance Law. NYSID is notified by the State customer whenever an approved service or commodity is needed by the State. NYSID then distributes contract opportunities in accordance with its distribution policy as outlined in our Member Manual.

In addition, NYSID generates potential contract opportunities based upon its presence in the public sector and by way of its own independent research. Ultimately, however, it is the private vendor's responsibility to seek out and develop relationships with NYSID Member Agencies located in the regions in which the private vendor wishes to do business. It is through this relationship that many contract leads are identified and successfully secured.

Once a Member Agency and a contracting opportunity have been identified, NYSID will submit an application to the Adult Career and Continuing Education Service-Vocational Rehabilitation ("ACCES-VR") division of the New York State Department of Education for approval of the partnership. Once the application is approved by ACCES-VR, the Corporate Partnership is established and the contract proceeds through the preferred source program protocol.

NYSID is recognized as the contractor of record for all service contracts and purchase orders for approved commodities, and the performing Member Agency and Corporate Partners are subcontractors of NYSID. This relationship allows NYSID to coordinate thousands of Preferred Source contracts and provides a single point of responsibility for both government customers and regulatory agencies. By centralizing functions such as customer service, contracting, marketing, sales, accounting, warehousing, and distribution, the preferred source procurement process is simplified for all parties involved.

NYSID maintains a Technical Assistance and Quality Management (TAQM) Program to assist Members and Corporate Partners performing on NYSID contracts in maintaining compliance with regulations and to help improve operations. Ongoing training is offered, at no cost, to all Member Agencies and Corporate Partners through NYSID's Training and Information Program.

If you are interested in becoming a Corporate Partner and your company provides or supports any of the services listed above, we encourage you to take the next step by contacting Joseph Messina, NYSID's Vice President, Sales, at (518) 694-0300 or via email at jmessina@nysid.org to discuss how NYSID can assist in developing a 'win-win' partnership for your organization.

NYSID has posted an FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions") document on our website which provides additional information on how your company may become a Corporate Partner.

Corporate Partnering Questionnaire Download file