In Full Bloom: Handpicking partnerships for you!

Posted By: Susan Kimmel Fun With Purchasing,

By Susan Kimmel, Director of the Purchasing Consortium 

Happy Spring! Here in Georgia, we are gearing up for the great pine pollination. Even a moment outside leaves me with a nice yellow tint from the trees behind my home. As spring blooms and the world bursts with renewed energy, here in the MISBO Purchasing Consortium, we are carefully curating a collection of partnerships specifically for our members, independent schools. Like diligent gardeners carefully selecting the freshest blooms, we evaluate potential partners and review existing partners, seeking those who not only provide quality products AND cultivate an atmosphere of exceptional customer service.

By handpicking partners known for their commitment to excellence in customer service, we ensure that our members receive not just great products at terrific prices, but exceptional service as well. So, as the world awakens from its winter slumber, MISBO partners bloom alongside the season, bringing a touch of springtime magic to the independent school landscape.

Check out these exciting things we have going on in the MISBO Purchasing Consortium right now!

Recommend a partner

NEW!! Do you have a vendor you love working with, but they aren't part of the MISBO Purchasing Consortium? We've made it easy to let us know you would like your favorite vendors to be considered. Simply complete this easy online form:


success stories

We know how much you value referrals from your peers at other schools, so we have been highlighting success stories with our MISBO Consortium Partners and our members. Check out these great examples of schools who use MISBO partners and the difference it has made at their schools:

BusMax and Westiminster

Building Solutions and Lakeland Christian School 

TeleData Select and Mount Paran Christian School

Staples Technology Solutions and Columbia Academy

Captivated Health and Harpeth Hall

Stay Tuned for these upcoming Success Stories and Additional Consortium Partner Webinars

Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 11:00 am ET - Lowe's Home Center's renegotiated contract means more savings for you!

Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 1:00 pm ET - Connects: Unlock Student Creativity with Adobe

Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 11:00 am ET - Voluntary Benefits at Work and Charlotte Country Day School

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 1:00 pm ET - 12M Recruiting and Woodberry Forest School

Partner Highlights

DEMCODEMCO: Market your space design story to help your community understand why design is crucial to success  . Have you ever walked into a school and felt like you were transported into learning spaces from decades or even centuries ago? In these moments, it becomes clear that many of today’s learning spaces are not the result of thoughtful strategy; instead, these spaces have been shaped by the momentum of tradition and thousands of micro-decisions that weren’t made over the years.

 Ideas everyone will love

CORPCARECORPCARE: Spring is officially here! The warmer weather, the blooming flowers, and the motivation to clean and organize my surroundings can always make you feel better.  Check out this flyer, which will encourage you and your staff to tidy up your spaces after reading about the tremendous mental and physical health benefits of doing so. 


BLICKBLICK Art Materials offers a wide range of FREE resources for educators, in addition to our selection of more than 110,000 products! Take a look at some of the ways BLICK supports the classroom and beyond by visiting  Be sure to use code QD20MIS during checkout, and request your 2024 Materials for Art Education catalog at


Consortium Hot Topics Blogs


Organizing after-hours events in schools can be a logistical challenge, often involving coordination between various stakeholders, logistical planning, and ensuring a safe and engaging environment. Fortunately, modern technology offers a solution to alleviate the headaches associated with managing these events. In this blog, we'll explore the benefits of implementing an event management solution for after-hours school events and how it can streamline planning and execution.


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Susan Kimmel

Director of the Purchasing Consortium

Susan curates the MISBO Purchasing Consortium by maintaining and enhancing current partner relationships and pursuing new partnerships based on the needs of our members. Susan educates on and informs members of the benefits of utilizing the MISBO Purchasing Consortium. She facilitates communications with partners concerning contracts and product offerings and assists in providing optimal partner exposure. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, an MBA with an emphasis in MIS, and a certificate in Social Media Marketing. In her spare time, Susan is a mom to 4 grown kids, Gigi to four, a personal growth junkie, crochet hobbyist, travel enthusiast, dog lover ... cat tolerator, DIY wanna-be, outdoorsy-ish, and an occasional binge watcher.

MISBO is here to help you find great products and services at great prices! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions, need help finding a partner to fill your needs, have recommendations, or just want to talk about purchasing! 

You can reach her at the number and e-mail above, or set up a Zoom call with her here: