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Tag Archives: Supplier Diversity

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

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

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

Commonwealth Approach to Procurement Highlighted in Nationwide Study Posted on Feb 23

Commonwealth Approach to Procurement Highlighted in Nationwide Study

The February 17th article featured in Governing Magazine, Purchase Power: A Special Report on State Procurement, outlines the results of a nationwide survey focused on state procurement practices and takes the stance that effective procurement methodologies are fundamental to state governments achieving spending efficiencies. Massachusetts’   …Continue Reading Commonwealth Approach to Procurement Highlighted in Nationwide Study

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!

Recognizing Diversity in State Spending Posted on Jun 25

Recognizing Diversity in State Spending

  On June 12, 2015, the Operational Services Division (OSD) hosted a Recognition Ceremony and luncheon at the Massachusetts State House to celebrate the efforts of 54 Executive Agencies in promoting supplier diversity in state spending. These agencies represent the visible and continued success of   …Continue Reading Recognizing Diversity in State Spending

The Training Department: Experts on Everything OSD Posted on May 5

The Training Department: Experts on Everything OSD

  Executing Statewide Contracts, managing the COMMBUYS Market Center, issuing supplier diversity certifications, and implementation of the Small Business Purchasing Program are a few of the initiatives which the Operational Services Division (OSD) oversees on a daily basis. While each initiative has staff dedicated to   …Continue Reading The Training Department: Experts on Everything OSD