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The Operational Services Division (OSD) invited vendors and purchasing agents from across the Commonwealth (and beyond) to “meet us at the Market Center” for the MASSbuys EXPO, which was held at the DCU Center in Worcester on April 30. This annual event, which celebrated its 17th anniversary in 2015, remains the largest G2B event in Massachusetts.

The 2015 MASSbuys EXPO welcomed 1,644 attendees, a record high for the event. When not exploring the exhibit hall to discover and meet with vendors, 819 participants attended workshops and panel discussions on topics ranging from green cleaning to time management to construction procurement law. Strategic Sourcing Leads, who manage Statewide Contracts, scheduled one-on-one sessions with vendors; this year, 81 meetings were held to discuss contract and procurement questions.

The EXPO hall featured booths from 359 Statewide Contract vendors who provided product and service demos to the buyers in attendance. New this year was the Small Business Center, where 14 certified vendors in the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP) were given the opportunity to exhibit.

‎Director of Strategic Sourcing Services Kathy Reilly, Assistant Secretary for Operational Services Gary Lambert, Assistant Secretary of Business Development Nam Pham, and the Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff for Access & Opportunity Jabes Rojas.

‎Director of Strategic Sourcing Services Kathy Reilly, Assistant Secretary for Operational Services Gary Lambert, Assistant Secretary of Business Development Nam Pham, and the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Access & Opportunity Jabes Rojas.

It's not just office supplies being shown off at the EXPO.

It’s not just office supplies being shown off at the EXPO.

Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance presentation on construction procurement.

Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance presentation on construction procurement.

Matt Chester shares tips and tricks for COMMBUYS at a packed workshop.

Matt Chester shares tips and tricks for COMMBUYS at a packed workshop.

COMMBUYS, the World of the Future, in the exhibit hall.

COMMBUYS, the World of the Future, in the exhibit hall.

 

Mark your calendars for May 5, 2016, when MASSbuys will return next year.

For questions regarding MASSbuys, please email massbuysadmin@state.ma.us.

Heidi Anderson of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council represents the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts at the Government Resource Center.

Heidi Anderson of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council represents the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts at the Government Resource Center.

Procurement officers from Needham, Lawrence, Nantucket, and Gardner speak with Enablement Manager Eric Murphy about COMMBUYS adoption.

Procurement officers from Needham, Lawrence, Nantucket, and Gardner speak with Enablement Manager Eric Murphy about COMMBUYS adoption.

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