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Category Archives: Small Business

Inside the IT Small Business Incubator: Vendor Interview Posted on Nov 29

If someone described the process of doing business with the state as being “extremely easy to navigate,” you may not believe him at first. But the more you talk with David Kelly, Senior Solutions Consultant at Valora Technologies, the more you start to believe him.   …Continue Reading Inside the IT Small Business Incubator: Vendor Interview

Bridging the Gap: Statewide Contract Vendors & Diverse Suppliers Partner for Success Posted on Sep 16

After completing a rigorous bidding process, Darby Bruno, CEO of BEI Net.works, received the news that she was selected as a vendor on Statewide Contract ITS53 for information technology professional services. Bruno described one of the surprises she experienced after being selected for ITS53. “Although   …Continue Reading Bridging the Gap: Statewide Contract Vendors & Diverse Suppliers Partner for Success

Small-Scale IT Projects Wanted Posted on Sep 1

In July’s issue of Buy the Way, we announced the launch of the IT Small Business Incubator Pilot, which aims to reduce barriers to doing business with the Commonwealth, expedite contracting, and increase access to innovative services. To be successful, the Incubator requires a steady   …Continue Reading Small-Scale IT Projects Wanted

Introducing the Information Technology (IT) Small Business Incubator Pilot Posted on Jul 14

In Fiscal Year 2016, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts spent more than $21 million with Massachusetts-based small businesses providing IT professional services. For some companies, though, navigating the process of doing business with the State is confusing, burdensome, and time-consuming. The Commonwealth’s procurement department, the Operational   …Continue Reading Introducing the Information Technology (IT) Small Business Incubator Pilot

MA Supplier Diversity Regional Series is a Success! Posted on Dec 1

MA Supplier Diversity Regional Series is a Success!

  During the last month, OSD has made road trips across the Commonwealth for the five events in the MA Supplier Diversity Regional Series (“The Series”). In Lawrence, Worcester, Roxbury, New Bedford, and Springfield, the vibrant gatherings have provided small and diverse businesses the opportunity   …Continue Reading MA Supplier Diversity Regional Series is a Success!

An Adventure in Training Posted on Sep 18

An Adventure in Training

When they return to school in September, many children are tasked with describing how they spent their summer vacations. For Scott Jones, Director of Training for OSD, and his team of 11 training professionals, much of this summer has been devoted to reviewing, updating, testing,   …Continue Reading An Adventure in Training

Big Market Opportunity for Small IT Businesses Posted on Nov 17

Big Market Opportunity for Small IT Businesses

  In 2013 alone, MA state and local government spent $568M on information technology and telecommunications-related products and services. Whether as prime vendors, or partners to larger providers, small IT firms have a real chance to grow their businesses serving the government sector, and the   …Continue Reading Big Market Opportunity for Small IT Businesses