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A recent enhancement to COMMBUYS, the Commonwealth’s online procurement system, enables vendors to locate small business bids more easily. As of February 29, 2016, agency buyers will have the ability to identify bids that are eligible for the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP) during the bid set-up process in COMMBUYS, thus laying the foundation for this new SBPP search capability.

“In line with the aspirations of the SBPP, this enhancement helps small businesses to more easily locate bidding opportunities,” states Deputy Assistant Secretary, William McAvoy, who oversees the Supplier Diversity Office at the Operational Services Division. “The new search feature makes good business sense, underscoring small procurement bids on behalf of buyers who have SBPP spending benchmarks, and highlighting these opportunities for the small business community.”

What is the Small Business Purchasing Program?

The Small Business Purchasing Program was established to increase the Commonwealth’s spending with participating small businesses. SBPP participants are provided special consideration when agencies procure non-construction commodities and services with total values up to $150,000.* For the 2016 fiscal year, the SBPP spending benchmark is 3.3% of each department’s discretionary budget. Visit the OSD website for Program details.

* Excludes non-recurring purchases with a total value of less than $10,000.

Sign Up for SBPP Membership

Apply online for SBPP membership during COMMBUYS vendor registration by answering the prequalification questions. Use the COMMBUYS Vendor Registration job aid for guidance or, if you are already a COMMBUYS vendor, file for SBPP designation using the How to Complete or Renew SBPP Registration: Guidance for Seller Administrators job aid.

Here’s the information you should have on hand to simplify the SBPP application process:

• FEIN or SSN associated with the business;
• Tax Form Type used when filing your latest Massachusetts taxes;
• Number of full time equivalent (FTE) employees reported to the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA);
• Year and Quarter of your latest DUA filing;
• Gross annual revenue using three-year average of your most recent Department of Revenue tax filing. Non Profit and Not for Profit entities should use gross operating budget. Exclude commas and dollar sign when entering the information.

Additional SBPP Resources

• Learn more about SBPP via our webcast;
• Contact our COMMBUYS Help Desk at 1-888-627-8283 or COMMBUYS@state.ma.us.

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