Connecting Business with Government
News for the Business Community 

September 11, 2015

In This Issue
Procurements in Progress
The Operational Services Division (OSD) has issued the following RFRs: 
  • Security Services and Private Investigative Services under Statewide Contract FAC93. The bid document is available in COMMBUYS under the following UNSPSC commodity codes:
    92-12-00-00Security and Personal Safety
    92-12-15-04Security Guard Services 
    92-12-16-00Detective Services
  • Management Consultants, Program Coordinators and Planners Services under Statewide Contract PRF61. The bid document is available in COMMBUYS under the following UNSPSC commodity codes:
Management Advisory Services
In-Service Training and Manpower Development
Specialized Educational Services
Environmental Management


View the RFR in COMMBUYS
Vendors interested in finding these bid opportunities should log in to COMMBUYS and select the Contract and Bid Search Radio Button. Using the Advanced Search feature, select Bids. Enter FAC93 or PRF61 in the Bid Description field and click Find It.

Become a COMMBUYS Registered Vendor
You must be a COMMBUYS registered vendor to respond to bidding opportunities posted in the COMMBUYS Market Center. Registration is free and takes a few minutes. Utilize these vendor resources to facilitate your registration in COMMBUYS:


Training Resources

OSD offers many resources for vendors to learn about COMMBUYS navigation and business programs such as the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP) and Supplier Diversity Program (SDP). Find out about available instructor-led classes and online webinars through the Seller Training Schedule. Access additional supports through OSD's prerecorded webcasts and job aids in the COMMBUYS Resource Center



The COMMBUYS Help Desk is available to assist vendors from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Reach Help Desk staff at 1-888-627-8283 or    

Training Classes for Businesses
OSD offers free classes on topics that range from sharpening your COMMBUYS navigation skills to acclimating you to State procurement. Here's a small sampling of our available classes. Review our full compliment of courses in the Seller Training Schedule.

COMMBUYS - Essentials of Navigation, Searching, and UNSPSC
This class provides a comprehensive review of navigation and searching techniques in COMMBUYS. Additionally, the course examines United Nations Standard Products and Services Codes (UNSPSC) and their application to bid opportunities. Attendees have an opportunity to practice their navigation skills related to bids, quotes, and contracts.

COMMBUYS - How to Locate and Respond to Bids
This workshop focuses on locating bids in COMMBUYS, reading a bid opportunity, submitting an online quote, and receiving email notifications about bidding opportunities. Sellers may opt to attend an instructor-led class or participate online via webinar. 

Access the OSD Training Schedule for workshop availability and registration links.

Supplier Diversity Office: Pre-Certification Session
OSD offers this required workshop for all businesses interested in applying for certification as a Minority, Woman, and/or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise through the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO). This two-hour training session includes information about the regulations, qualifications, and process related to becoming a certified business, a designation that may make your business more marketable.

Friday, September 25th
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon 
Wednesday, September 30th
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
New Bedford
Tuesday, October 13th
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Monday, November 9th
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth
Learn how to do business with the State. This workshop features an overview of OSD programs and services, including the Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) and the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP), as well as a review of State and Federal certifications, and a live demonstration of where to find bidding opportunities in COMMBUYS. Attendees also will learn about the Statewide and Departmental procurement process and marketing to public entities.

Wednesday, September 16th  
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
New BedfordRegister 
Friday, October 9th 
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Monday, October 26th 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Brockton Register 

Scheduled Maintenance This Weekend
COMMBUYS will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11th through 12:00 a.m. on Monday, September 14th.  We apologize for any inconvenience.