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BuyQ Awards MakerBot 3D Printer to Reid Traditional Schools

Grant Program, Sponsored by Staples Business Advantage and MakerBot, Seeks to Encourage Technology-Fueled Learning Opportunities for Charter School Students

Denver, CO (August 10, 2016) – BuyQ, the only group purchasing organization devoted specifically to charter schools, and Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples and a BuyQ-awarded vendor, today announced the gift of a MakerBot 3D Replicator Printer and a one-year supply of modeling plastic to Reid Traditional Schools in Phoenix, Arizona. The gift is the first given through “3D Imagination: A MakerBot Grant for Charter Schools,” a collaborative program presented by BuyQ, Staples Business Advantage, and MakerBot aimed at encouraging technology-fueled learning opportunities for charter school students.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded the Makerbot 3D printer,” said Heidi Mitchell, CEO, Reid Traditional Schools. “This is the first 3D printer at our school and I know it will be a tremendous resource for both our students and our teachers. The printer will be set up in our computer lab so that all our students can benefit from it.”

The 3D printer and one-year of modeling plastic, valued at $4,335, was made available through a generous donation by Makerbot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing with a focus on making 3D printing more accessible to educators and their students. Staples Business Advantage, which provides charter schools nationwide discounts and other benefits on schools supplies and furniture through its BuyQ group purchasing contract, coordinated the donation.

“Students benefit greatly from having access to this level of technology but it’s often not feasible for charter schools to purchase tools like this outright,” said Marco Rafanelli, Founder and President of BuyQ. “We’re honored to be able to lead this program and extend our thanks to Staples Business Advantage and Makerbot for their generous contribution and their commitments to serving charter schools across the country.”

BuyQ will award a second MakerBot Replicator to a charter school in November 2016. Charter schools can apply for the second MakerBot giveaway by visiting buyq.org/makerbotgrant and submitting a short grant application before October 31, 2016.

ABOUT BUYQ
BuyQ is the only group purchasing organization devoted specifically to charter schools. Working in collaboration with 25+ state-based charter support organizations, BuyQ leverages the combined purchasing power of 5,000+ charter schools to negotiate significant savings and other charter-specific benefits from top national vendors. Participation is free and easy. Visit buyq.org to learn how you can join thousands of charter schools already saving $10+ million annually on the products and services needed to run your school.

ABOUT STAPLES BUSINESS ADVANTAGE
Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

BuyQ Awards New Group Purchasing Agreement for Facilities and Operations Supplies to Grainger

 

Charter Schools Nationwide to Benefit from Deep Discounts and Other Benefits on Maintenance, Repair and Operating Supplies

Denver, CO (September 15, 2015) – BuyQ, the only group purchasing organization devoted specifically to charter schools, today announced the award of a new group purchasing agreement for facilities and operations supplies to Grainger, North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products. Through the new agreement, charter schools across the country will receive significant discounts and other benefits on products ranging from safety products, to general maintenance items to cleaning supplies.

“Grainger has proven itself as the nationwide leader in MRO supplies and has shown a true commitment to serving the K-12 community for 40+ years,” said Marco Rafanelli, President and Founder, BuyQ. “In addition to a comprehensive product line, Grainger offers a full suite of services to help schools run more efficiently, safely and sustainably, like complimentary safety audits and inventory management tools. We are excited to help bring these solutions to charter schools.”

Grainger was selected by BuyQ and a national committee of charter school representatives for BuyQ’s facilities and operations supplies contract through an open, competitive RFP process to ensure the best overall value to schools. There is no cost to charter schools to purchase through BuyQ’s Grainger contract. To access contract pricing and benefits, schools must simply affiliate to BuyQ’s Grainger contract by visiting grainger.com/buyq or by calling 1-800-GRAINGER (472-4643) and asking to affiliate to the BuyQ contract.

Through the BuyQ Grainger contract, charter schools can take advantage of:

  • Up to 61% off retail prices on the top 375 core K-12 items
  • 10% off of Grainger’s retail price on all everyday purchases
  • Volume-based discounts on large orders
  • Free shipping, except for freight-related orders

“Multiple studies show that when school facility conditions improve so does student achievement and teacher effectiveness,” said Brian Driskell, Sr. Strategy Manager, Education, Grainger. “We look forward to working with charter schools to help them improve everything from their water and indoor air quality to lighting and acoustics to thermal conditions, and to saving them time and money in the process.”

Grainger offers maintenance solutions for every school area, including top selling charter school products like lighting, plumbing, HVAC, safety products, cleaning supplies, hardware and tools.

ABOUT BUYQ

BuyQ is the only group purchasing organization devoted specifically to charter schools. Working in collaboration with 25+ state-based charter support organizations, BuyQ leverages the combined purchasing power of 5,000+ charter schools to negotiate significant savings and other charter-specific benefits from top national vendors. Participation is free and easy. Visit buyq.org to learn how you can join thousands of charter schools already saving $10+ million annually on the products and services needed to run your school.

ABOUT GRAINGER

W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2015 sales of $10 billion, is North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO), with operations also in EuropeAsia and Latin America.

Momentum Ventures Changes its Name to BuyQ

DENVER, CO – Momentum Ventures, the nation’s only group purchasing organization devoted specifically to charter schools, today announced that it has changed its name to BuyQ.

The company’s new name and new tagline, “Group Purchasing for Charter Schools. That’s Smart” reflect the company’s commitment to provide charter schools across the country access to the highest quality goods and services at the best prices and to serve as a go-to resource for charter schools looking for a smarter way to approach purchasing.

“As we looked towards the future, it became increasingly clear to us that we needed a name that more fully embodied what we do and what schools have come to depend on us for,” said Marco Rafanelli, founder and President of BuyQ. “BuyQ is the perfect fit because it more clearly identifies us as a group purchasing organization and speaks to our ultimate goal, which is to help charter schools reduce their operating costs and reach financial sustainability by becoming smarter purchasers.”

The name change comes 18 months after BuyQ transitioned from a subsidiary of the Colorado League of Charters Schools into an independent, mission-driven company focused on serving charter schools throughout the country.

While the company’s name has changed, BuyQ’s team and core offering will remain the same. Through the company’s partnerships with more than 25 state-based charter support organization (CSOs) across the country, BuyQ will continue to leverage the combined purchasing power of 5,000 charter schools to deliver significant savings and other the benefits specifically to charter schools. In addition, BuyQ will continue to select each of their vendors through an open, competitive RFP process, including a review by a national committee of CSOs and charter school customers that ensures the needs of schools are put first.

While BuyQ is just under three years old, the value it offers the charter school community is already evident. In 2014 alone, charter schools saved more than $11 million by purchasing through BuyQ-negotiated contracts and BuyQ returned $800,000 in unrestricted funds to non-profit CSOs who help ensure their charter school members are aware of and know how to access BuyQ’s contracts.

“We’re excited about the future and continuing to support the important work being doing by the charter school community,” said Rafanelli. “Our new name is just the first step in an exciting long-term plan.”

ABOUT BUYQ

BuyQ is the nation’s only group purchasing organization devoted specifically to charter schools. By leveraging the combined purchasing power of 5,000 charter schools, BuyQ delivers significant savings and other benefits unavailable to schools buying on their own. Initially founded as a subsidiary of the Colorado League of Charter Schools, BuyQ is now an independent, mission-driven company focused on serving charter schools throughout the country.

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