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Which Contract - MRO or Trades?

Which Contract – MRO or Trades? posted on Mar 28

When it comes to facilities management, buyers have two options: 1. Purchase thousands of products, supplies, and equipment through four Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) Statewide Contracts, or 2. Use the four Trades contracts. Deciding which of these options to pursue boils down to whether labor will   …Continue Reading Which Contract – MRO or Trades?

Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources

Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources posted on Mar 22

Technology is woven into our daily workflow so, not surprisingly, OSD fields a good number of questions about using Statewide Contracts for technology projects. Particularly since the advent of An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government in November 2016 – which raised construction procurement   …Continue Reading Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources

Steps toward Supplier Diversity Office Affiliation

Steps toward Supplier Diversity Office Affiliation posted on Mar 14

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to advance business opportunities for small and diverse businesses through various Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) programs available through the Operational Services Division. As documented in the most recent SDO Comprehensive Annual Report, the Commonwealth spent more than $2.04 billion with   …Continue Reading Steps toward Supplier Diversity Office Affiliation

Managing COMMBUYS Email Notifications

Managing COMMBUYS Email Notifications posted on Mar 7

Email is a workplace standard, with many of us devoting significant time tending to the messages in our inboxes. It seems that we receive more emails every day, which opens the possibility of missing critical messages. As a COMMBUYS user, buyer or vendor, it’s possible that you   …Continue Reading Managing COMMBUYS Email Notifications

Financial Incentives Embrace Clean Energy Vehicles, Infrastructure

Financial Incentives Embrace Clean Energy Vehicles, Infrastructure posted on Mar 1

There are several incentive programs designed to advance the use of clean energy vehicles and expand related infrastructure through grants and rebates. These incentives, available to a wide audience, are allocated on a first come, first served basis and deadlines may apply. Settlement-Funded Grant &   …Continue Reading Financial Incentives Embrace Clean Energy Vehicles, Infrastructure

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