Short-Term Vending

Short-Term Vending opportunities are available if you are interested in selling, distributing, or promoting products and/or services on the campus of Howard University.

The Office of Auxiliary Enterprises can assist you with obtaining a short-term Howard University vending permit.

University departments, student organizations, and external organizations are required to have vending and fundraising events approved in advance by the Office of Auxiliary Enterprises. Howard University vending permits may be issued when all necessary requirements are met.

Office of Auxiliary Enterprises
Service Center
2244 10th Street NW
Suite 219
Washington, DC 20059

vending@howard.edu

Student Organization Vending/Fundraising

Recognized student organizations must obtain a vending permit to conduct fundraising activities or to distribute products or consumables on the campus of Howard University. All fundraising events must be approved on Engage and by Student Life and Activities prior to receiving approval from the Office of Auxiliary Enterprises. Student organizations should review the Student Organization Vending/Fundraising Policies & Procedures.

Review the Student Organization Vending/Fundraising Policies & Procedures

Bison Market

Bison Market is a monthly vendor fair in the Blackburn University Center featuring a variety of local and student businesses, music and a shopping experience.

Bison Market Interest Form

Food Trucks & Events Vending

For all on-campus events where you would like to have vendors sell, promote, or distribute their products/services at an event, contact The Office of Auxiliary Services at auxiliary@howard.edu to schedule a meeting. *All requests must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to your event.

Homecoming Vending

As a Homecoming vendor, you can share your product with over 75,000 students, alumni, faculty, staff and surrounding community members that come together at our iconic Homecoming every year. Merchandise and food vendors have the opportunity of vending at two highly attended events, Yardfest and the Homecoming game. Vending spaces are filled on a first-come/as-need basis. We look forward to having you as a new or returning merchandise or food vendor during this annual event. 

Homecoming Registration & Event Details

Vendor Fees

A non-transferable and non-refundable fee is assessed to each reserved table/location. Howard University cannot guarantee traffic counts for vending opportunities. Fees are subject to change without notice. Assessed fees are based on the following vendor types:

  • Howard University Recognized Student Organizations (vendor fee paid directly to Blackburn University Center.)
  • Full-time Howard University Student (vendor is required to be a full-time Howard University student and the verified owner of the business.) 
  • General/Local Vendor
  • Corporate Vendor (vendor that manufactures and makes goods and services available to companies or consumers.)

Vendor Interest

The first step to becoming a vendor is to complete the vendor interest form. This pre-screening process will help us determine if your business is a fit for the various opportunities. Once your submission has been reviewed, you will receive an email from the Office of Auxiliary Enterprises and if selected to participate as a vendor, you will receive an invitation to complete the vendor application process.

Review the vendor application process

Vending Information

Short-term vending opportunities, dates, and rates Short Term Vending Application and Credit Card Authorization Student Organization Short-Term Vending/Fundraising Application Homecoming Short-Term vending applications

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Short-term vending?

Short-Term Vending is on-campus opportunities, generally, one to three days, for individuals or Howard University recognized student organizations who are interested in selling, distributing, or promoting products and/or services on the University’s campus. 

How can I become a vendor?

The first step to becoming a vendor is to complete the vendor interest form. This pre-screening process will help us determine if your business is a fit for the various opportunities. Once your submission has been reviewed, you will receive an email from the Office of Auxiliary Enterprises and if selected to participate as a vendor, you will receive an invitation to complete the vendor application process. To review the vendor application process, Click here: https://howard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6JRccWs6550DqgB

What is required to vend?

University departments, student organizations, and external organizations are required to have vending and fundraising events approved in advance by the Office of Auxiliary Enterprises. Howard University vending permits may be issued when all necessary requirements are met.

What are the required short-term vending requirements?

The following list of items are required for short-term vending at Howard University:

  • Short-term vending approval from The Office of Auxiliary Enterprises
  • Completed & Signed Short-Term Vending Application
  • Signed Acknowledgement of Terms & Conditions & Indemnification
  • Copy of Current Business License
  • Government Photo ID
  • Current Certificate of Insurance naming University as Additional Insured (if applicable)
  • Credit Card Authorization Form Completed and Funds Approved

Is there a cost for short-term vending?

Yes, there is a fee for reserving a single table or space for all short-term vending activities including fundraising, or distribution of information, products or consumables. The fee depends on the following vendor classification:

  • Howard University Recognized Student Organizations
  • Full-time Howard University Student
  • General/Local Vendor
  • Corporate Vendor

Note: All fees are subject to change.

Where can I find vending opportunities?

View vending opportunities for individuals and organizations interested in selling, distributing, or promoting your product and services at http://auxiliary.howard.edu/w/index.php/home/services/divisons/short-term-vending/vending-opportunities/

What times and locations are available for vending?

The general location for vending & fundraising during the semester is the lower level of Blackburn University Center. A table can be reserved from 11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. Student organizations may vend/fundraise on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and First Fridays only. Short-term vending is also available during Homecoming. This is an annual event so dates and times will vary.

Are there any vending restrictions for students?

Yes. Only commercially produced, pre-packaged, individually wrapped, single serving size food and/or drinks may be sold or distributed by student organizations. Students may not vend home-baked goods. Student organizations may only vend/fundraise in the Blackburn University Center. Authorized student organizations in good standing may vend/fundraise up to a total of 10 days per semester.