Massachusetts Promotes its Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP)

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Small businesses have a new advantage in working with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, thanks to a recent enhancement to COMMBUYS, the state’s online procurement system. Beginning on February 29, 2016, all participants in the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP) will be more easily identified by agency buyers looking to use small businesses in Massachusetts.

At the same time, small businesses now have the search capacity to identify agency bids that specifically seek small businesses.

William McAvoy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Supplier Diversity Office at the Operational Services Division, says the enhancement “helps small businesses to more easily locate bidding opportunities. 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.”

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.

The goal of SBPP is to increase state spending with enrolled MA based small businesses and to provide simple and easy access to info and resources that assist the small bus community.

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.

Learn more about SBPP via our webcast, or contact the COMMBUYS Help Desk at 1-888-627-8283 or COMMBUYS@state.ma.us.