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Website Terms and Conditions of Use

Welcome to B2GConnect.org. B2GConnect.org is owned and operated by the Wisconsin Procurement Institute, Inc. (“WPI”). These Website Terms and Conditions of Use (“Terms”) contain the terms and conditions upon which WPI is willing to provide you access to and use of any WPI website and all related pages, information, databases, materials and services (collectively, the “Site”), and governs your use and purchase of any products and services (collectively, the “Services”) available through the Site. These Terms form a contract between you and WPI. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms, you may not access or use the Site or the Services. Use of the Site or purchase or use of the Services indicates your acceptance of these Terms, and the attached Notice of Privacy Practices. Please scroll down through these Terms to review important provisions regarding arbitration, limitation of liability, waivers, indemnities, and other important provisions. If you have questions regarding these Terms, please contact WPI at (414) 270-3600 or info@wispro.org.

License

You may only use this Site if you are at least 18 years of age. By accessing any portion of the Site, you have a limited license to use the Site and Services, including the limited right to view, bookmark, download and print, for your noncommercial, personal use and information only, those pages of the Site that interest you, subject to any other terms and conditions of use and/or payment in these Terms or on the Site. These Terms cannot be waived or modified by any oral communications between you and WPI.

Updating Terms

WPI reserves the right, to change, delete, or update the Terms or other policies that govern use of the Site at its discretion, at any time, for any reason, without notice, including the right to terminate the Services or any part of the Services. Any amendments and modifications by WPI will be prospective only, and unless otherwise provided in this Agreement, will be effective upon being posted on the Site. WPI encourages you to review these Terms periodically for updates and changes. Your continued access or use of the Site shall be deemed acceptance of all changes.

If you have an account or other relationship with WPI, that relationship is governed by the agreement specific to that particular account or relationship. The terms of these other agreements are not altered by these Terms or by any content on the Site, provided that nothing in these other agreements shall diminish the protections and rights provided to WPI under these Terms. Except as may be expressly provided in additional terms of use for specific areas of the Site or the above-referenced agreements, these Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and WPI with respect to the use of the Site.

Membership and Services

To use or purchase the Services, you must register to become a member of the Site. WPI membership is available to companies that are current federal contractors or that intend to become federal contractors, and their authorized officers, employees, or directors. Persons under the age of 18 may not use the Site. If you do not qualify for membership, please do not use the Site or the Services. Membership may not be transferred, sold, or used by any other party without the express permission of WPI.

By becoming a member of the Site you are entitled to use the Services. The Site and Services are intended to provide information regarding the federal government procurement process in general and current and future federal contracts, bids, and requests for proposals to potential federal contractors. WPI is not involved in the transactions between government agencies and government contractors. WPI has no control over the truth or accuracy of the information provided by the governmental agencies in their bids and requests for proposals, and you agree that WPI has no responsibility to you to verify the truth or accuracy of this information. When submitting a proposal to any federal government agency, it is your responsibility to make sure that the latest government regulations are used.

If you have a dispute with a government agency, you should deal directly with the agency. You release WPI, its officers, directors, and employees, from any and all claims, demands, and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with such dispute, to the extent such release is permitted by applicable law.

WPI Membership Information and Unauthorized Use

You agree that any information you provide to WPI, whether through the membership registration process or otherwise, including, without limitation, passwords, usernames, login ID’s, business profiles, credit card and financial information, and other personally identifiable information whether through questionnaires, registration forms, or other information requests, (“Membership Information”), will be true, accurate, current and complete. You agree not to provide Membership Information that is false, inaccurate, misleading, or fraudulent. You agree to provide WPI with any information reasonably requested by WPI related to the provision of the Services. You are solely responsible for all transactions and transmissions that occur through the use of your Membership Information, and it is your responsibility to maintain and promptly update your Membership Information. You agree that WPI is not liable to you or any third party for damages or losses related to the accuracy or disclosure to WPI of your Membership Information. It is your responsibility to maintain the confidentiality of your Membership Information. WPI requires that you agree not to share your Membership Information with another person, nor allow another person to use your Membership Information. If you believe that someone has used your Membership Information to access any WPI services without your authorization, please contact WPI immediately.

Please review WPI’s Notice of Privacy Practices for more information regarding WPI’s policies and procedures for disclosing and using your Membership Information. Subject to the Notice of Privacy Practices, WPI retains a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to use and store your Membership Information (in any media, currently known or unknown) related to these Terms or WPI’s provision of the Services.

You agree not to impersonate any person or entity, misrepresent any affiliation with another person, entity or association, use false e-mail or other headers, or otherwise conceal your identity from WPI for any purpose. If you believe that someone has used your Membership Information to access the Site or use or purchase the Services without your authorization, please contact us immediately at info@wispro.org or Wisconsin Procurement Institute, 10437 Innovation Dr., Suite 320, Milwaukee, WI, 53226.

Fees and Payment

You are responsible for promptly paying all fees associated with your use or purchase of the Services (the “Fees”) at the time of purchase. You are also responsible for any applicable federal, state, or local franchise fees, surcharges, sales and use taxes, and any other taxes (except those related to WPI’s net income) related to the Services (collectively, the "Taxes"). You shall promptly pay all Taxes at the time of purchase.

If you dispute any Fees related to purchase of any Services, you shall provide WPI with written notice describing such dispute in reasonable detail and shall include with such notice all documentation as may be reasonably required to support your position regarding the dispute. All disputes regarding any Fees must be submitted to WPI within 90 days of the purchase of the applicable Services. If you do not submit a claim within such time period, you waive all rights to dispute such Fees.

If the dispute is resolved in favor of WPI and you have withheld the disputed amount, any payments withheld pending settlement of the disputed amount shall bear interest at eighteen percent (18%) per annum or the highest amount permitted by law, whichever is lower, from the payment due date up to and including the date of payment. WPI shall be entitled to recovery of all costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs) incurred in enforcing your compliance with this Agreement.

Restrictions on Use of WPI Materials and the Site

WPI or its content providers own all of the content, materials, and other intellectual property related to the Site and the Services, including without limit all text, graphics, photographs, music, data, images, audio and video clips, software, names, button icons, logos, images, designs, titles, words or phrases, page headers, service names, trademarks, patents, and copyrights (collectively, “Materials”). You have no rights to the Materials, except as expressly set forth in these Terms. Any use of the Materials, except as permitted by these Terms, is expressly prohibited.

The contents and use of the Site (including WPI’s name and the logos and software used in the Site) are registered and/or protected by U.S. and international copyright, trademark, and other laws. You agree to retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the Site or the Services. You may not delete or change any copyright or trademark notices, and cannot alter or modify the content in any manner without the express written permission of WPI.

You further agree that you may not:

  1. use the Site to transmit, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, e-mail, or distribute in any way material or content that infringes any copyright, trademark, proprietary, or other right of any party or that violates these Terms;
  2. copy (except as set forth above for noncommercial personal use), modify, distribute, create any derivative or compilation work from, or display WPI’s name or logo, or any text, graphic images, or other content from the Site or redeliver such content using framing or similar technology;
  3. use any device designed to provide repeated automated access to any Site other than those made generally available by WPI;
  4. include any WPI trademarked materials, the name of any WPI personnel, or any variation of these items as a metatag or hidden textual element, or in any other fashion that may create a false or misleading impression of affiliation, sponsorship, or endorsement between WPI and you, any other party, or any other website, or otherwise use these items without WPI’s express written permission;
  5. collect, harvest, or store personal data about other users of the Site or the Services;
  6. upload, e-mail or otherwise transmit to WPI or through the Site or any WPI computer network any of the following: a sexually-explicit image or statement; advertising, promotional, or other unauthorized communication, including without limitation, “junk mail,” surveys, unsolicited e-mail, “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or other inappropriate or prohibited materials; and any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, easter eggs, or any other computer code, files or programs that might interrupt, limit or interfere with, damage, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or information related to the Site or any computer software, hardware or communications equipment that is owned, leased or used by WPI; or
  7. create a link to the Site without WPI’s prior written permission.
  8. use the Site or Services to post or transmit any threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, or profane material or any material that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law;
  9. use any robot, spider, scraper, or any other automated means to access the Site or the Services for any purpose without WPI’s express written permission; or
  10. forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any email or posting; or
  11. take any action that imposes, or may impose, in WPI’s sole discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the WPI infrastructure; or
  12. interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site, the Services, or any activities conducted on the Site; or
  13. bypass measures used by WPI to prevent or restrict access to the Site or the Services, violate or attempt to violate the security or authentication measures of the system, or attempt to prove, scan, or test the vulnerability of a system or network without proper written authorization from WPI.

WPI reserves the right to disclose the identity of anyone posting or transmitting any information or materials violating the above prohibitions to law enforcement authorities or pursuant to any court order requesting or directing WPI to disclose such information.

Termination, Removal of Materials, and Monitoring

These Terms are effective until terminated by either party. If you no longer agree to be bound by these Terms, you must cease use of the Site and the Services. You agree that WPI may, terminate, restrict, or suspend part or all of your license to access the Site or delete any content transmitted to or through the Site, at any time, at its sole discretion, without prior notice to you and without any liability to you. WPI also reserves the right to take any action relating to user-submitted information that it deems necessary or appropriate if such information, as determined in WPI’s sole discretion, may create liability for WPI, its agents or its contractors, or may affect WPI’s business relationships or contracts with its agents or its contractors. WPI further reserves the right to remove any materials that are defamatory, abusive, illegal, harassing, immoral, disruptive or do not conform to these Terms - though WPI shall be under no affirmative obligation to monitor any of the foregoing or to otherwise screen or monitor any communications or information prior to their posting. You agree WPI has the right, but is not obligated, to monitor your use of the Site and any communications made by you related to such use in any manner; and you release WPI from any liability related to its monitoring activities. If WPI denies you access to the Site, you agree to destroy all materials obtained from the Site and all copies of those materials with the exception of your personal customer-account-related materials. You acknowledge that, upon termination, WPI may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related information and files in the account and bar you from further access to the files, the Site, and the Services.

Website Linking and Cautions About Third-Party Information Included in Site

For your general informational use only, WPI may provide access to third party websites. These links will allow you to leave the Site. The linked sites are not under the control of WPI and WPI is not responsible for the contents of any linked site. By providing access to other websites, WPI is not recommending or supporting any third party, is not recommending the purchase or sale of any products or services of a third party, and is not endorsing or acknowledging that it is affiliated with any website's sponsoring organization.

WPI is not obligated to maintain, verify, update or post any corrections to such third party information for any reason. Nothing in the Site referencing any third parties with whom WPI conducts business, and nothing in these Terms, shall be deemed to create any agency relationship, affiliation, or sponsorship among WPI and such third parties or you, or make the third parties or you partners or joint venturers with WPI, or otherwise provide you or any third parties with any rights to act on WPI’s behalf. WPI does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, authorship, suitability of content, or reliability of communications posted by third parties, nor does WPI endorse any opinions expressed by users or any third parties using the Site. Consequently, you agree that WPI does not guarantee, and is not liable to you for any third party content.

Disclaimers and Limitations of Liability

In using this Site you acknowledge and accept that there are risks, including, without limitation, the risk of harm of people acting under false pretenses. You assume all risks associated with dealing with other users with whom you come in contact through the Site and other parties that use the Site or your Membership Information for unauthorized or illegal purposes.

TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, YOU AGREE THAT ALL INFORMATION, SERVICES, SOFTWARE AND CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE, AND THE SITE ITSELF, ARE FURNISHED FOR GENERAL INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY, AND ARE FURNISHED TO YOU ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT ANY IMPLIED OR EXPRESSED WARRANTY OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, SUITABILITY, SECURITY, CORRECTNESS AND NON-INFRINGEMENT). THE WPI PARTIES MAKE NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY REGARDING, ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR, AND DISCLAIM ALL LIABILITY FOR, THE CONTINUED AVAILABILITY, RELIABILITY, ACCURACY, RESULTS OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SITE OR ANY MATERIAL ON THE SITE, THE PERFORMANCE OF THE INTERNET, THE DOWNLOADING COMPATIBILITY OF ANY MATERIALS OR SOFTWARE WITH YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM, THE EXISTENCE OF ANY VIRUS, WORM, MALICIOUS CODE OR OTHER DISABLING DEVICE FROM ANY SOURCE, THE UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF YOUR INFORMATION BY A PARTY OTHER THAN WPI, ANY TECHNICAL FAILURES (INCLUDING HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE FAILURES), INCOMPLETE, SCRAMBLED, OR DELAYED COMPUTER TRANSMISSIONS, AND/OR TECHNICAL INACCURACIES, OR LOSS OR USE OF DATA, AS WELL AS UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS OF USER TRANSMISSIONS BY THIRD PARTIES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THESE TERMS. NO ONE IS AUTHORIZED TO MAKE ANY WARRANTY ON WPI’S BEHALF, AND YOU CANNOT RELY ON ANY OTHER STATEMENT OF WARRANTY. YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY, APPROPRIATENESS, AND LEGALITY OF ANY INFORMATION YOU SUPPLY TO WPI.

YOU AGREE THAT WPI, ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, AGENTS, AND SUPPLIERS (COLLECTIVELY THE “WPI PARTIES”) ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE WPI PARTIES’ TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY DAMAGES, LOSSES, FEES AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES), WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, TRESPASS OR OTHERWISE EXCEED THE AMOUNT (IF ANY) PAID BY YOU TO WPI TO PURCHASE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THROUGH THE SITE, OR $100 IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID ANY AMOUNTS TO WPI. IF YOU LIVE IN A STATE THAT DOES NOT ALLOW THE WAIVER OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES, OR LIMITATIONS OR DAMAGES WAIVERS DESCRIBED IN THIS SECTION, SOME OF THESE WAIVERS AND LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. YOU AGREE TO PROMPTLY NOTIFY WPI IN WRITING IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE ANY CLAIM AGAINST THE WPI PARTIES, AND, IN ANY EVENT, YOU AGREE THAT ANY CLAIM NOT BROUGHT WITHIN ONE YEAR OF YOUR DISCOVERY SHALL BE DEEMED WAIVED AND RELEASED.

Indemnification

In consideration of your use of the Site, you hereby agree to indemnify WPI, its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, agents, contractors, and any third party information or service providers from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees and costs) arising out of or related to your: (i) breach of these Terms, (ii) violation of any person's or entity's legal rights (including, without limitation, copyright, patent, trade secret, trademark, or other proprietary rights, or publicity, contract, moral, or privacy rights) (iii) violation of any applicable law, rule or regulation, (iv) negligence, recklessness, or misconduct, or (v) unauthorized use of your Customer Information by a party other than WPI.

Applicable Law

WPI controls and operates the Site from its offices within the State of Wisconsin in the United States. If you choose to access the Site from other locations, you do so at your own risk and initiative and are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws and regulations. You agree that the laws of the State of Wisconsin (excluding any choice of law rules) govern your rights and obligations relating to WPI and your use of the Site.

Exports

You agree to comply with all United States export laws and regulations. You assume sole responsibility for any required export approval and/or licenses and all related costs and for the violation of any United States export law or regulation. You acknowledge that export of the products or services and any related documentation, in whole or part, contrary to United States law is prohibited. You agree that no part of the products or services available through the Site, either in whole or part, is being acquired for shipment, transfer, or re-export, directly or indirectly, to proscribed, embargoed, or prohibited countries or their nationals, denied destinations, or for prohibited activities or for weapons.

Severability and Waiver

If any provision of these Terms is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms, which shall remain in full force and effect.

No failure to exercise and no delay in exercising, by WPI, any right, power or privilege hereunder shall operate as a waiver hereof, except as expressly provided herein. Any waiver by WPI of a breach of any provision of these Terms shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any other or subsequent breach and shall not be construed to be a modification of the Terms unless and until agreed to in writing by WPI.

Additional Terms

Certain areas of this Site may be subject to additional terms of use. By using such areas or any part thereof, you agree to be bound by the additional terms of use applicable to such areas.

Copyright Agent for Claims of Copyright Infringement

Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, WPI designates the agent below to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement. If you reasonably believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide WPI’s designated agent the following information:

  1. an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
  2. a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
  3. a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on any Site;
  4. your address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
  5. a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  6. a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information included in your notification is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

WPI’s designated agent for notification may be contacted at:

By Mail: Wisconsin Procurement Institute
10437 Innovation Dr., Suite 320
Milwaukee, WI, 53226
By Phone:414-270-3600
By Fax:414-270-3610
By E-mail:info@wispro.org

Dispute Resolution

If a dispute arises between you and any of the WPI Parties, it is the goal of WPI to work in good faith with you to quickly and amicably resolve the dispute. All disputes, claims, or controversies (“Claims”) arising under or relating to these Terms, the Site, or the Services that cannot be resolved informally, will be finally resolved by binding arbitration as described herein.

Any dispute arising under or related to these Terms, the Site, or the Services (including the arbitrability of such a dispute and the existence, validity, interpretation, performance, termination or breach thereof) shall be finally settled by binding arbitration by a single arbitrator in accordance with the then-current Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), with the arbitration to be commenced no later than one (1) year after such Claim accrues (in absence of which it shall be deemed forever waived). A judgment upon an arbitrator’s award may be entered by any court of competent jurisdiction. The arbitrator shall be an expert in the field of Internet services. To the extent permitted by applicable law, you agree that there shall be no class action arbitration related to this Agreement or the Services. All parties shall bear their own expenses, except that the parties shall equally share the expenses of the arbitrator (except for the required non-refundable filing fees which shall be paid solely by the party asserting the related Claim).

The above obligations to arbitrate shall not prevent a party from seeking a preliminary injunction, temporary restraining order, specific performance or other procedures in a court of competent jurisdiction to obtain interim relief when deemed necessary by such court to preserve the status quo or prevent irreparable injury pending resolution by arbitration of the actual dispute.

Exclusive jurisdiction and venue for arbitration or any other legal action or proceeding in any way related to the Site, the Services, or this Agreement shall be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Any matter brought before a court shall be brought solely in the state or federal courts located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Independent Parties

For purposes of these Terms, the parties hereto shall be independent contractors and neither shall at any time be considered an agent or employee of the other. No joint venture, partnership, or like relationship is created between the parties by this Agreement.

Entire Agreement

These Terms, and any policies referenced and attached hereto, constitute the entire agreement between you and WPI related to the Site and services. All prior agreements, representations, statements, negotiations, and undertakings with respect to the subject matter herein are superseded by these Terms. These Terms may not be amended, altered or added to in any manner except as set forth by a document in writing and signed by an authorized representative of each party. If there is a conflict between these Terms and any terms appearing on the Site, or in any policies, those terms that are more favorable to WPI shall govern.

Headings

The headings of the sections in these Terms are strictly for convenience and shall not in any way be construed as amplifying or limiting any of these Terms.

Survival of Obligations

The terms that by their nature are intended to survive beyond the termination, cancellation, or expiration of these Terms shall survive.

 

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