FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Beacon

The new and improved Beacon is a secure, user-friendly, web-based eProcurement system for the City of Pittsburgh. The system will help to streamline procurement processes as well as offer many new features and expanded services, including:

  • Business opportunities will be posted to a consolidated bid board where you can view and respond
  • Automatic email notification of business opportunities
  • Ability to electronically submit bids or proposals
  • Enhanced self-service vendor registration in a "one-stop shop”

What are the benefits?

  • Free online access to information and increased visibility of business opportunities
  • Free registration for vendors and needing to register only once for multiple local agencies
  • Convenient, free online bidding
  • Free automated email notifications of new bid opportunities
  • Single access point to City of Pittsburgh/local agency bids

Should I be registered?

  • Yes. All previous vendors who sell products and/or services to the City of Pittsburgh and other local agencies will need to re-register with through this site to begin bidding on opportunities
  • All new vendors that wish to bid on future opportunities will need to register as well. No awards can be made without a vendor registration profile set up
  • Registering in the new system is important so you don’t miss receiving bid opportunity notifications
  • Vendor Registration Instructions

Where do I find City of Pittsburgh and other agency opportunities?

  • Go to the Bid Opportunities tab

Who do I contact if I have issues with Vendor Registration, Login or Password?


Who do I contact if I have issues outside of Vendor Registration and Vendor Passwords?


I have completed the Vendor Registration. How do I manage my Vendor Profile?

  • Vendors have access to login and manage their vendor profiles. Once you login, click on the company name with the drop down arrow. Click My Account. Vendors are expected to keep the most up to date contact information with a correct email address for solicitation notifications.