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Photo of MASSbuys 2014 exhibit hall.From ancient Greece to modern-day Massachusetts, the market traditionally has been an important component of society. Translating directly to “gathering place,” the Greek agora was both a political and commercial center, where citizens would gather and merchants would sell their wares. Much like the agora, the MASSbuys EXPO will serve as a place to conduct business, make connections, and learn about new trends.

On April 30, 2015, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Operational Services Division’s (OSD’s) MASSbuys EXPO will continue the tradition started in the market center so many centuries ago. The MASSbuys annual event, now in its 17th year, is a modern-day gathering place for government purchasers and businesses interested in learning, networking, and identifying buying and selling opportunities.

The 2015 MASSbuys EXPO is expected to attract nearly 400 exhibitors, taking this opportunity to:

  • showcase the products and services they have available on Statewide Contract (SWC) to Commonwealth purchasing decision-makers;
  • attend dynamic workshops on Procurement and conducting business with the state;
  • build brand awareness with attendees; and
  • interact with other contractors and purchasing officials.

Registration for the EXPO provides attendees with many forums in which to learn and make connections, with workshops and panels offered throughout the day. A few highlights include:

The Exhibit Hall
Open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., attendees are encouraged to spend time exploring the booths of nearly 400 exhibitors and to network with public purchasing and procurement officials.

Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP)
New this year, MASSbuys welcomes certified small businesses that are not on Statewide Contract to exhibit their goods and services during the EXPO in the Small Business Market Center. SBPP attendees have the opportunity to increase brand awareness as well as meet with with OSD’s Supplier Diversity Officers, Strategic Sourcing Leads and Directors, and a variety of government purchasers.

The Government Resource Center
Meet and connect with representatives from State agencies and offices including the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts, the Department of Labor Standards, the Comptroller of the Commonwealth (CTR), the Massachusetts Association of Public Purchasing Officials (MAPPO),  the Office of the Inspector General, the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), and more.

Local Government Panel Discussion
Join Eric Murphy, COMMBUYS Enablement Team Manager, as he leads a discussion with local procurement professionals using COMMBUYS for their organizations. Hear first-hand experiences with COMMBUYS setup and functionality for Statewide Contract purchasing. 

COMMBUYS Pavilion
Network with COMMBUYS subject matter experts (SMEs), including Help Desk staff, trainers, and the COMMBUYS Enablement Team. Take advantage of the opportunity to work with the SMEs on-site at COMMBUYS kiosks to further your understanding and knowledge of the market center.

How COMMBUYS Can Work for Local Government: An Introduction
Still not signed up for COMMBUYS? Join COMMBUYS Enablement Team members Eric Murphy and Jackie Abbott for a presentation which includes a demonstration of COMMBUYS functionality, an overview of Statewide Contracts, and a discussion of how to adopt COMMBUYS. You’ll learn how to get COMMBUYS up and running within your organization as well as how to blend it with your existing financial system and workflows.

For more information on MASSbuys and a full schedule of events, visit http://www.mass.gov/osd/massbuys/.

Contact the MASSbuys team via email at MASSbuysAdmin@state.ma.us.

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