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Resources blogWhether you are a long-time Statewide Contract vendor or
simply considering doing business
with the state, you are welcome to attend OSD’s free vendor training classes.

 

For Existing Statewide Contract Vendors

Vendors who have been awarded a contract with the state are expected to conduct business in a manner agreed upon in the contract terms. OSD offers training classes to support Statewide Contract Vendors in completing these duties:

  • COMMBUYS for Awarded Statewide Contract Vendors: Vendors will learn key COMMBUYS tools necessary to effectively manage their contracts, such as vendor account management, catalog types, and setup, Master Blanket Purchase Order (MBPO) structure, and Purchase Order acknowledgment.
  • Selling to the State – Marketing Your Business to Public Purchasers: Vendors learn how to promote their Statewide Contractor status to state agencies and other public entities. This class shares online resources for finding potential customer information and guidelines for developing a marketing strategy for the public sector.
  • Quarterly Report Overview: One responsibility of Statewide Contract Vendors is to report contract spend to OSD on a quarterly basis. The goal of this class is to ensure Statewide Contract Vendors understand the reporting requirements for the Administration Fee Report and the online payment process.

Recently awarded Statewide Contract Vendors should consider taking these classes as soon as possible.

For Prospective Vendors

The diverse array of products and services available on OSD’s more than 100 Statewide Contracts requires us to seek out qualified vendors to bid on Statewide Contracts during the procurement process. OSD offers training courses designed for vendors who are new to state procurement:

  • Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth: This class is an introduction to state procurement, providing a summary of the State’s procurement process and related programs.
  • Attendees receive a live demonstration of where to find bidding opportunities and other resources in COMMBUYS.
  • COMMBUYS: Essentials for the Seller Role: This comprehensive class provides vendors with the tools needed to use COMMBUYS, such as navigating the portal; searching for bids and contracts; locating and responding to bids; and selecting commodity codes for the vendor profile.
  • Locate and Respond to Bids in COMMBUYS: This class demonstrates the process of locating and responding to Bid Solicitations in COMMBUYS.

Simply attending training will not ensure you are awarded a Statewide Contract, but having knowledge of the state’s procurement process may assist prospective vendors in completing the steps required to do business with the state.

OSD Training also offers other COMMBUYS skill-building classes for vendors, such as COMMBUYS: Organizational Design and Maintenance for the Seller Administrator and Demystifying the RFR: Understanding the Importance of the Request for Response. Please visit the Vendor Training Catalog to see when classes are being offered.

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