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OSD’s Supplier Diversity Office Named Community Partner of the Year Posted on Nov 20

OSD’s Supplier Diversity Office Named Community Partner of the Year

On October 20, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) recognized OSD’s Supplier Diversity Office with the Community Partner of the Year award. This accolade acknowledges an organization that supports the growth and expansion of CWE, which provides opportunities for women in business to increase   …Continue Reading OSD’s Supplier Diversity Office Named Community Partner of the Year

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

Supplier Diversity Office: FY2016 Year in Review Posted on Mar 31

On February 17, 2017, the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) released its annual report for Fiscal Year 2016. The report included highlights of initiatives that were undertaken at the directive of Governor Baker, who signed Executive Order 565, Reaffirming and Expanding the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Program   …Continue Reading Supplier Diversity Office: FY2016 Year in Review

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

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

Supplier Diversity Office Receives Honorable Mention for Innovation Efforts Posted on Oct 27

OSD’s Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) was awarded a George Cronin Award for Procurement Excellence: Honorable Mention for its commitment to innovation in supporting supplier diversity. The Cronin Awards, which recognize innovation and efficiency in state procurement, were presented by the National Association of State Procurement   …Continue Reading Supplier Diversity Office Receives Honorable Mention for Innovation Efforts

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

MASSBUYS 2016 Receives Rave Reviews Posted on May 24

MASSBUYS 2016 Receives Rave Reviews

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   …Continue Reading MASSBUYS 2016 Receives Rave Reviews