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Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham

Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham posted on Jan 31

The Town of Needham has made wide use of the state’s Trades contracts over the last two years. Buildings in Needham, including the Town Hall, school facilities, and the Needham Public Library, have been the beneficiary of various Statewide Contract Trades services – plumbing, HVAC,   …Continue Reading Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham

Doing Business with the State

Doing Business with the State posted on Jan 14

Are you a COMMBUYS registered vendor or other business interested in working with the state? If so, you should know about one of our popular vendor training courses: Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth. This free class reviews the state’s goods and services procurement process,   …Continue Reading Doing Business with the State

Add Our Sourcing Course to Your 2019 Professional Development Goals

Add Our Sourcing Course to Your 2019 Professional Development Goals posted on Jan 3

With the start of the new year, now’s a perfect time to think about professional development goals for 2019. For those involved in purchasing and procurement, our course on conducting successful procurements, the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP), should be top on your list of   …Continue Reading Add Our Sourcing Course to Your 2019 Professional Development Goals

Preparing Your Vehicle for the Winter Season

Preparing Your Vehicle for the Winter Season posted on Dec 11

Regular maintenance of vehicles under management is important year-round but even more so as we approach the New England winter season which can test transportation reliability. OSD’s Office of Vehicle Management (OVM), the unit responsible for the acquisition, administration, leasing, maintenance, and repair of the   …Continue Reading Preparing Your Vehicle for the Winter Season

Find Grant Funding in COMMBUYS

Find Grant Funding in COMMBUYS posted on Nov 20

COMMBUYS is home to more than just contracts and bidding opportunities – Massachusetts state agencies and other public entities post grants in COMMBUYS. Here are two approaches to learning about these opportunities: Get Notified When Grants Are Posted Municipalities and other eligible buyer entities may   …Continue Reading Find Grant Funding in COMMBUYS

"COMMBUYS Changed the Way We Do Business"

“COMMBUYS Changed the Way We Do Business” posted on Nov 20

At a recent networking event for small businesses, OSD staff had the opportunity to connect with the manager of an IT company on Statewide Contract. In the interest of fairness, we are not identifying this company by name; however, we would like to share their   …Continue Reading “COMMBUYS Changed the Way We Do Business”

OSD’s Vehicle Auctions Continue In-Person and Online posted on Sep 28

It was a busy summer for OSD’s State Surplus Property Office. Over the course of three months, the office hosted four vehicle auctions at various locations in Massachusetts. These events attracted hundreds of registered bidders, including car dealers, auto parts and repair professionals, and members   …Continue Reading OSD’s Vehicle Auctions Continue In-Person and Online

COMMBUYS: A Conduit for Affirmative Change

COMMBUYS: A Conduit for Affirmative Change posted on Sep 13

Change is hard, often demanding considerable short-term investment in pursuit of long-term gains. Take the Commonwealth’s adoption of COMMBUYS. Indisputably, its launch in March 2014 changed users’ day-to-day approach to procurement and purchasing in significant ways, requiring users to diverge from many ingrained routines. It   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS: A Conduit for Affirmative Change

New Purchasing Agent Brings COMMBUYS to Andover

New Purchasing Agent Brings COMMBUYS to Andover posted on Aug 20

When Theresa (Terri) Peznola transitioned to her new job as Purchasing Agent in the Town of Andover, she brought her experience and extensive knowledge of COMMBUYS with her. Having successfully implemented COMMBUYS in the Town of Saugus, she was eager to duplicate the time and   …Continue Reading New Purchasing Agent Brings COMMBUYS to Andover

Maximize Recycling, Minimize Costs with State-backed Resources

Maximize Recycling, Minimize Costs with State-backed Resources posted on Aug 10

When you engage an FAC86 Statewide Contract Vendor to handle your organization’s solid waste disposal needs, you’ve taken a strategic first step toward ensuring best value for your organization, knowing that the contract was negotiated using the Commonwealth’s significant buying power and contracting expertise. But   …Continue Reading Maximize Recycling, Minimize Costs with State-backed Resources