Chapters are not legal entities and do not have the ability to enter into contracts or agreements, even locally, that present any level of liability to SCORE. Additionally, if federal monies are intended to pay for a contracted service, additional guidelines are applicable to that Chapter contract. (For Chapter contracts over $10,000, SCORE must obtain multiple bids and/or receive additional approvals prior to entering into the agreement.)
Chapters must obtain price quotes in writing from at least three qualified sources and inform SCORE Headquarters of these quotes in the corresponding payment requests/financial reports.
If the lowest price quote is not selected, there must be detailed explanation as to why.
All Chapter contracts must be submitted to SCORE Headquarters for review, approval and execution.
Any contract or agreement where money changes hands between SCORE and another organization, vendor, or contractor must be approved by the Vice President of Finance, the Vice President of Field Operations, or the CEO.
The one and only SCORE EIN number to be used is 52-1067290.
Contracts for independent contractors (1099s) must meet the above guidelines as well. In certain situations, sole source justifications are acceptable as a valid mechanism to not have multiple proposals for an independent contractor or service, but a sole contract must also be approved by SCORE Headquarters.