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MASSBUYS 2016 was held at Gillette Stadium, a new venue for the event which proved to be popular among attendees and vendors alike.

Over the last 18 years, Massachusetts public purchasers and procurement officials have gathered at the Operational Services Division’s annual MASSBUYS EXPO for the opportunity to network with Statewide and Departmental contractors and attend educational workshops. This year’s EXPO on April 28, hosted for the first time at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, was particularly noteworthy:

  • Achieving the highest attendance level in its 18-year history;
  • Featuring 1,037 exhibitors from 369 businesses;
  • Offering small and diverse businesses from around the Commonwealth the opportunity to make business to business connections with contract exhibitors; and
  • Welcoming for the first time a Massachusetts Governor, as well as Lieutenant Governor – Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito.

Receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from both the attendee and exhibitor communities, the event has been deemed a success!

MASSBUYS exhibits, which started outdoors with the vehicle/specialty equipment zone and spanned both the east and west sides of Gillette Stadium, featured products and services that ranged from mulch to medical supplies. The MASSBUYS event offered a once-a-year opportunity for public purchasers to explore firsthand the range of goods and services offered by Statewide and Departmental vendors at pre-negotiated terms and pricing. These contracts provide cost saving opportunities for state agencies, as well as local government organizations around the Commonwealth, reducing their need to invest valuable time and money conducting solicitations, evaluating responses, and executing contracts.

 

First Governor to Attend MASSBUYS

Governor Charlie Baker presented to the MASSBUYS 2016 crowd.

Governor Charlie Baker embraced the opportunity to address the business and government purchaser audience at this, the largest business to government event of its type in New England. Given the importance of the MASSBUYS mission in supporting the Commonwealth business economy and promoting delivery of best value products and services to public purchasers, Governor Charlie Baker took pleasure in his status as the first Massachusetts Governor to attend MASSBUYS. He thanked contractors for their participation in the 100% exhibitor-funded event, and applauded state and municipal government purchasers for optimizing product and service value and performance for the Commonwealth. The Governor reinforced the importance of increasing diversity in goods and services contracting and expanding opportunity in state procurement, noting, “We all win if we get this right.” Governor Baker’s remarks were well received by attendees and exhibitors alike.

 

Small & Diverse Business Networking Event Launched by Lt. Governor

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito presents to small and diverse businesses at the afternoon session of MASSBUYS.In line with her ongoing initiatives to support local government communities and the Massachusetts business economy, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito kicked off the first-ever Diverse and Small Business Networking Event at MASSBUYS, an effort to provide business resources and networking opportunities to Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) Certified firms, including those enterprises than have earned cross-certification status through SDO partner organizations, as well as Small Business Purchasing Program vendors. The enthusiastic group was addressed by the Lieutenant Governor who discussed Baker-Polito initiatives to expand business opportunity in all regions of the Commonwealth, new streamlined certification process and forms, and the unveiling of a new Massachusetts Veteran Certification program that will reduce federal certification wait times and increase Veteran participation in state goods and services contracting. Read more in the press release here.

Prior to networking with Statewide and Departmental contractors on the Exhibit Hall floor, the business audience received an overview of how to do business with the Commonwealth, including locating bidding opportunities in COMMBUYS.

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