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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois System
SoleSource #9JLH2202

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info Published Wednesday August 4, 2021

Ask Reply Incorporated DBA B2GnowPhoenix, AZ

  • Amount: An estimated $75,000
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 9/1/2021 through 12/1/2024, 37 months
  • Renewals: None
  • A. Alva Rosales & Assocs., Ltd (subcontractor)
    BEP [5% / $0]



1 total
0 BEP vendors
0 VBP vendors
0 Small businesses

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

The hearing has been cancelled
Published Monday August 2, 2021
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Monday, July 19, 2021
The University awarded a contract for software maintenance and support to Ask Reply Incorporated DBA B2Gnow, Phoenix, AZ, for an estimated $75,000.
Vendor's software is a web-based turn-key, hosted software solution that streamlines and automates data-gathering, tracking, reporting, vendor management, and administrative processes for the University's supplier diversity program. This software provides the University of Illinois with real-time access to all state and local certification programs, syncing the certification data for the certified firms across the region to the Contracts module, which ties into program reporting.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the procurement is software license, upgrade or maintenance.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Jenny Henderson
System Purchasing & Support Services
507 E Green
Suite 501
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 300-9903
Chief Procurement Officer - John Donato
State Purchasing Officer - Catherine Bradbury

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

Hearing Details

August 4, 2021
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
July 30, 2021
Register with:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • 9JLH2202.pdf (617 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 9JLH2202Pt2.pdf (119 KB)