The Interlocal Purchasing System, better known as, TIPS Purchasing Cooperative, began in 2002 as a small regional cooperative of the Region 8 Education Service Center. While the cooperative has far exceeded the initial vision, Region 8 ESC has maintained its role as the Lead Agency for what is now a national operation.

All TIPS contracts are awarded by the ESC 8 seven-member Board of Directors, and each TIPS vendor has met strict Competitive Procurement Process guidelines established by the ESC 8 administration and the TIPS legal team. The bidding statute for the lead agency is Chapter 44.031 of the Texas Education Code.  To learn more about the Region 8 Education Service Center, visit the ESC 8 website.

Choice Partners

Diamond Business Services is thrilled to have been awarded a contract with Choice Partners. Contract # 21/019G-04 for Safety Supplies and Equipment Choice Partners is a purchasing cooperative of Harris County Department of Education offering quality, legal procurement, and contract solutions to meet government purchasing requirements

Choice Partners has over 1,800 members in 40 states, 90% are in education, 10% are other government entities and non-profits. There is no fee to be part of the organization. Members who take advantage of these procurement contracts includes schools, colleges, and universities, municipalities, counties, other government and non-profit organizations across the United States. Learn more at :

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TexBuy is a statewide purchasing cooperative hosted by Region 16 Education Service Center in Amarillo, Texas.  We are THE Texas representative of the national purchasing organization AEPA (Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies). Many of the awarded contracts offered through TexBuy were solicited nationally by AEPA, providing the most competitive pricing available.  Diamond is thrilled to have been awarded Contract # 022-001 State Wide Office and Classroom Supplies and Equipment.

The Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH) was founded in 1990 and is the leading advocate and resource for more than 150 general acute-care hospitals. The organization provides legislative and regulatory advocacy, specialized programs, publications, services, and resources for rural and community hospitals; and supports rural and community hospitals as the focal point for health care delivery in the community.

TORCH Management Services, Inc. (TMSI) is the wholly-owned subsidiary of TORCH that offers management and operations consulting services. TMSI also provides a preferred vendor program called “Endorsed Partners.” Endorsed Partners are a specially selected group of companies whose experience working with rural hospitals has undergone a thorough verification process. For more information about TORCH, visit