The next “How to Do Business with the DOE” will be held on September 12, 2012 in the Bronx. Please see event flyer  for more details. All MWBEs and other prospective vendors are invited to attend.
A summary of the DOE’s current solicitations can be viewed online:
Request for Proposals- http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/DCP/Vendor/RFP/Default.htm 
Request for Bids- http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/DCP/Vendor/RFB/Default.htm 
Multiple Task Award Contract - http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/DCP/Vendor/MTAC/Default.htm 
DOE Vendor Portal: We encouragevendors to sign up for the Vendor Portal at https://vendorportal.nycenet.edu . By signing up, vendors can have DOE solicitations emailed to them directly. In order to download complete DOE bids and solicitations, vendors must register for an account on Vendor Portal.
DOE Vendor Hotline: Vendors are also encouraged to call or email the DOE Vendor Hotline if they need assistance registering for Vendor Portal, downloading required documents, or if they have other questions. Vendors can contact Vendor Hotline at (718) 935-2300 or email VendorHotline@schools.nyc.gov . A live representative is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
DOE Commitment to Equal Opportunity: The New York City Department of Education (DOE) has contracts with vendors to purchase the goods and services necessary to ensure that students receive the quality education they deserve. The agency strives to give all businesses, including Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), an equal opportunity to compete for DOE procurements. The agency casts a wide net in search of talented vendors, seeking qualified suppliers from all segments of the community. The DOE’s mission is to provide equal access to procurement opportunities for all qualified vendors including MWBEs. The DOE works to enhance the ability of MWBEs to compete for contracts and DOE is committed to ensuring that MWBEs fully participate in the procurement process.