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Excellence in Supplier Diversity Recognized at Awards Ceremony Posted on Jun 14

Excellence in Supplier Diversity Recognized at Awards Ceremony

On June 7, the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) hosted the Supplier Diversity Awards at the Great Hall of Flags at the Massachusetts State House, honoring the commitment of Executive Departments, nonprofits, and quasi-public organizations to ensuring economic opportunity in the Commonwealth. A number of small   …Continue Reading Excellence in Supplier Diversity Recognized at Awards Ceremony

MASSBUYS XIX Exhibitor Registration Open! Posted on Feb 23

MASSBUYS XIX Exhibitor Registration Open!

Exhibitor registration for the 19th Annual MASSBUYS EXPO is now open! The 2017 MASSBUYS EXPO is being held on April 26-27 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts – home of five-time Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots! We hope Statewide Contractors share our excitement   …Continue Reading MASSBUYS XIX Exhibitor Registration Open!

New Web Tool Takes the Guesswork Out of Supplier Certification Posted on Feb 16

What’s easier than parallel parking, remembering a password, or filing your taxes? Finding out if your business qualifies for a Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) certification! Gone are the days of wondering how to start the process of becoming a certified diverse business. With the introduction   …Continue Reading New Web Tool Takes the Guesswork Out of Supplier Certification

Diverse Business Training Opportunities Near You Posted on Feb 2

Think your firm might be considered a diverse business? Check out these upcoming classes throughout the Commonwealth to learn about becoming certified and responding to bids! Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth Designed for businesses interested in learning how to do business with the State,   …Continue Reading Diverse Business Training Opportunities Near You

COMMBUYS Corner Posted on Jan 26

COMMBUYS Corner

The COMMBUYS application was recently updated, making available a new bid posting option. Buyers now may decide to disable the option to collect Unit Cost, instead requiring interested bidders to provide pricing details via Quote Attachment. New Bid Posting Option for Buyers Buyers electing to   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Corner

UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS Posted on Jan 20

UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS

When creating and posting bids in COMMBUYS, proper commodity code selection is fundamental to maximizing vendor quote responses. OSD’s UNSPSC* webinar for buyers – a one-hour, online class – reinforces the importance of commodity codes and demonstrates how to search for and add suitable codes   …Continue Reading UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS

Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts Posted on Jan 11

Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts

OSD has developed a resource that may assist cities and towns who are signatories to the Commonwealth Community Compact and have elected to implement the Year 2 Best Practice Initiative(s). OSD is responsible for establishing and managing Statewide Contracts for use by Massachusetts public purchasers.   …Continue Reading Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts

EPP Program Director Recipient of Leading by Example Award Posted on Dec 30

EPP Program Director Recipient of Leading by Example Award

As Director of the Commonwealth’s Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Program at OSD, Julia Wolfe is relentless in her efforts to broaden and promote the availability of sustainable purchasing options on Statewide Contracts. By virtue of Wolfe’s hard work and determination, the Commonwealth has received   …Continue Reading EPP Program Director Recipient of Leading by Example Award

COMMBUYS Helpful Hints: Password Guidance for Vendors Posted on Dec 27

If you have forgotten your login credentials, COMMBUYS offers a self-service option. On COMMBUYS.com, select Sign In followed by the Login Assistance link. On the Login Help page, select either Forgot User ID or Forgot Password and click Continue. Users will receive the requested information   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Helpful Hints: Password Guidance for Vendors

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success! Posted on Dec 20

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success!

In response to Governor Baker’s August 9 announcement of the Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government, the Operational Services Division (OSD) developed a municipal outreach program to share related procurement information and resources with Massachusetts communities. OSD’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) event series, hosted in cities   …Continue Reading Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success!