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From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro Posted on Mar 22

From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro

As soon as Terri Peznola started her new role as Purchasing Assistant with the Town of Saugus, she hit the ground running. During her first week on the job in September of 2016, she registered for the Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official Program (MCPPO) offered   …Continue Reading From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro

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

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

Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar Posted on Dec 15

Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar

Whether you’re fairly new to COMMBUYS or are looking to refine your purchasing skills, we highly recommend our one-hour, online purchasing class. COMMBUYS trainer, Renee O’Rourke, will walk buyers through the steps to purchase from fixed-price line item catalogs, zero-dollar catalogs, and PunchOuts, and highlight   …Continue Reading Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar

Supercharging Sourcing & Procurement Posted on Nov 22

Calling all procurement professionals in the Commonwealth! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out learning the ins and outs of sourcing, procurement, and Statewide Contracts, OSD has a two-class track to give you all the tools you need for successful procurements. Essentials of   …Continue Reading Supercharging Sourcing & Procurement

Non-profits: Make Your Statewide Contract Purchases in COMMBUYS! Posted on Oct 27

The Non-profit Purchasing Program was developed to allow eligible non-profit organizations to use Statewide Contracts to purchase commodities and services. These contracts offer pre-negotiated terms and competitive pricing in a range of categories, from office supplies, technology products, and landscaping, to groceries, athletic equipment, and   …Continue Reading Non-profits: Make Your Statewide Contract Purchases in COMMBUYS!

Municipal Modernization: Are You Ready? Posted on Aug 15

Municipal Modernization: Are You Ready?

On Tuesday, August 9, Governor Charlie Baker praised the hard work by the Massachusetts legislature, commenting on the “bipartisan support not commonly seen in government today,” when he signed into law the unanimously passed Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government. Though described as “weed   …Continue Reading Municipal Modernization: Are You Ready?

Sourcing Success: a Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Testimonial Posted on Jun 22

Sourcing Success: a Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Testimonial

  “If not for the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP), I never would have had the confidence to apply and interview for my new position at the Department of Mental Health,” gushes Brittany Anderson, a recent graduate of the Operational Services Division’s (OSD) Strategic Sourcing   …Continue Reading Sourcing Success: a Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Testimonial

New and Improved Training Class: Introduction to Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS Posted on Jun 17

New and Improved Training Class: Introduction to Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS

  Are you new to the world of Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS or a seasoned procurement or purchasing professional in need of a refresher? If so, please join trainer Leslie Doughty as she leads hands-on exercises to search for contracts, vendors, and items in COMMBUYS.   …Continue Reading New and Improved Training Class: Introduction to Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS

COMMBUYS Adoption One Year Later: Town of Nantucket Posted on Mar 22

COMMBUYS Adoption One Year Later: Town of Nantucket

From streamlined purchasing to competitive pricing, COMMBUYS offers numerous benefits to price-conscious municipalities. In February 2015, the COMMBUYS Enablement Team and OSD Trainers traveled to the Town of Nantucket to provide buyer training. In April, the Town went live in using COMMBUYS for all Statewide   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Adoption One Year Later: Town of Nantucket