The OSD Training and Event Calendar provides you with quick and easy access to upcoming activities all in one location.  VENDOR TRAININGS ARE LISTED FURTHER BELOW.



FALL 2014 OSD BUYER TRAINING & EVENTS:

September 17th - COMMBUYS Organization Administrator - Drop in Sessions - Boston.  This drop-in session is designed to provide guidance as you refine your Organization in COMMBUYS. We will have staff available to provide support and offer recommendations as you finalize Department and Location set-up and the configuration of workflows and approval paths. Register
September 17th - 18th – New England Public Works Expo.  From 8am – 3pm on Wednesday, September 17th, and from 8am – 2pm on Thursday, September 18, the OSD will host an exhibit table at the 2014 NE Public Works Expo.  For more information about the event, please visit:  New England Public Works
September 18th - Massachusetts higher Education Consortium (MHEC) Annual Product Expo - Sturbridge.  From 9am - 3pm, OSD will host a booth at the 16th Annual MHEC Expo.  For more information, visit: MHEC Information
September 18th - Buyers/Purchasers Webinar – What a seller sees in COMMBUYS. This LIVE webinar provides the buyer/purchaser with an overview of what the seller sees on their COMMBUYS dashboard when logged in. A step by step demonstration captures what is seen by the seller in each tab of a posted bid, including any special instructions or restrictions to notice when acknowledging, creating and submitting a quote response. Additionally, this webinar will demonstrate how the seller can access and acknowledge receipt of a purchase order submitted by the buyer. The webinar allows for an interactive Q&A for participants, so bring your questions related to seller view. Register
September 18th - COMMBUYS Purchasing Drop-in Sessions - Boston.  This 45-minute drop-in session is designed for individuals who have attended COMMBUYS Purchasing training but would like follow-up support in purchasing goods and services from statewide and department contracts in COMMBUYS. Please bring your work samples and questions to receive individualized support and advice from our staff. Register
September 19th - COMMBUYS Procurement Drop-in Sessions - Boston.  This 45-minute drop-in session is designed for individuals who have attended COMMBUYS Procurement training but would like follow-up support in conducting procurements in COMMBUYS for goods and services not available on statewide contract. Please bring your work samples and questions to receive individualized support and advice from our staff.  Register
September 23rd - COMMBUYS Purchasing Training - Boston.  This 3 1/2 hour session is designed for staff responsible for purchasing goods and/or services from Statewide and departmental contracts.  It provides an introduction to COMMBUYS, system navigation and policy and instruction on how to purchase from Statewide or Department contracts.  Participants will learn to: Use COMMBUYS to search for items and/or services, create a request using a requisition document, search for specific items and/or services using a line item or a punch-out catalog, convert the approved requisition to a purchase order or bid depending on the intent of the purpose, and create change orders.  Register
September 24th - Discovering Statewide Contracts/Master Blanket Purchase Orders: Information, Demonstration & Application - Boston.  This course covers how to use Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS. This class should be attended by all new and existing procurement and purchasing staff.  Register
September 25th - COMMBUYS Organization Administrator Training - Boston.  This is an intensive all-day class for those identified as Organization Administrators in the COMMBUYS system. Organizational Administrator training provides an in-depth review of and hands-on practice with COMMBUYS including the Organization information, approval, workflow and user profile set-up activities.  Upon completion of this training, Organization Administrators will be prepared to fulfill their roles in COMMBUYS, including set-up activities and maintenance tasks. Register
September 29th - COMMBUYS Procurement Training - Boston. This four hour session is recommended for staff with the responsibility of conducting procurements for goods and/or services not available on a Statewide contract. The class will cover: the creation of a bid, the use of templates, how to manage attachments, online bid evaluation and contract award, and posting awarded contracts online in COMMBUYS. Register
September 30th - Essentials of State Procurement -Boston.  Learn how to search for a commodity or service; how to properly and efficiently utilize Statewide Contracts; and how to conduct your department's own procurements. This is an all day class.  Register
September 30th - Buyers/Purchasers Webinar – What a seller sees in COMMBUYS. This LIVE webinar provides the buyer/purchaser with an overview of what the seller sees on their COMMBUYS dashboard when logged in. A step by step demonstration captures what is seen by the seller in each tab of a posted bid, including any special instructions or restrictions to notice when acknowledging, creating and submitting a quote response. Additionally, this webinar will demonstrate how the seller can access and acknowledge receipt of a purchase order submitted by the buyer. The webinar allows for an interactive Q&A for participants, so bring your questions related to seller view.  Register
OCTOBER 2014
October 2nd - Essentials of State Procurement -Boston.  Learn how to search for a commodity or service; how to properly and efficiently utilize Statewide Contracts; and how to conduct your department's own procurements. This is an all day class.  Register
October 7th - COMMBUYS Procurement Drop-in Sessions -Boston.  This 45-minute drop-in session is designed for individuals who have attended COMMBUYS Procurement training but would like follow-up support in conducting procurements in COMMBUYS for goods and services not available on statewide contract. Please bring your work samples and questions to receive individualized support and advice from our staff.  Register
October 8th - COMMBUYS Organization Administrator - Drop in Sessions - Boston.  This drop-in session is designed to provide guidance as you refine your Organization in COMMBUYS. We will have staff available to provide support and offer recommendations as you finalize Department and Location set-up and the configuration of workflows and approval paths.  Register
October 9th - COMMBUYS Purchasing Drop-in Sessions - Boston.  This 45-minute drop-in session is designed for individuals who have attended COMMBUYS Purchasing training but would like follow-up support in purchasing goods and services from statewide and department contracts in COMMBUYS. Please bring your work samples and questions to receive individualized support and advice from our staff.  Register
October 15th - Essentials of State Procurement -Boston.  Learn how to search for a commodity or service; how to properly and efficiently utilize Statewide Contracts; and how to conduct your department's own procurements. This is an all day class.  Register
October 15th - COMMBUYS Organization Administrator Training - Boston.  This is an intensive all-day class for those identified as Organization Administrators in the COMMBUYS system. Organizational Administrator training provides an in-depth review of and hands-on practice with COMMBUYS including the Organization information, approval, workflow and user profile set-up activities.  Upon completion of this training, Organization Administrators will be prepared to fulfill their roles in COMMBUYS, including set-up activities and maintenance tasks. Register
October 16th - Discovering Statewide Contracts/Master Blanket Purchase Orders: Information, Demonstration & Application - Boston.  This course covers how to use Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS. This class should be attended by all new and existing procurement and purchasing staff.  Register
October 16th - COMMBUYS Purchasing Training - Boston.  This 3 1/2 hour session is designed for staff responsible for purchasing goods and/or services from Statewide and departmental contracts.  It provides an introduction to COMMBUYS, system navigation and policy and instruction on how to purchase from Statewide or Department contracts.  Participants will learn to: Use COMMBUYS to search for items and/or services, create a request using a requisition document, search for specific items and/or services using a line item or a punch-out catalog, convert the approved requisition to a purchase order or bid depending on the intent of the purpose, and create change orders. Register
October 17th - COMMBUYS Procurement Training - Boston. This four hour session is recommended for staff with the responsibility of conducting procurements for goods and/or services not available on a Statewide contract. The class will cover: the creation of a bid, the use of templates, how to manage attachments, online bid evaluation and contract award, and posting awarded contracts online in COMMBUYS. Register
October 20th - Essentials of State Procurement -Boston.  Learn how to search for a commodity or service; how to properly and efficiently utilize Statewide Contracts; and how to conduct your department's own procurements. This is an all day class.  Register
October 21st - COMMBUYS Purchasing Training - Boston.  This 3 1/2 hour session is designed for staff responsible for purchasing goods and/or services from Statewide and departmental contracts.  It provides an introduction to COMMBUYS, system navigation and policy and instruction on how to purchase from Statewide or Department contracts.  Participants will learn to: Use COMMBUYS to search for items and/or services, create a request using a requisition document, search for specific items and/or services using a line item or a punch-out catalog, convert the approved requisition to a purchase order or bid depending on the intent of the purpose, and create change orders. Register
October 22nd - How to use Master Blanket Purchase Orders (SWC) Webinar.  Learn about the goods and services on Statewide Contracts, cost saving opportunities, and how to locate and use the contracts.  Register
October 22nd-23rd - MassCUE/M.A.S.S. Conference - Foxboro.  From 7:30am – 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 22, and from 7:30am-4:30pm on Thursday, October 23, the OSD will host an exhibit table at the MassCUE/M.A.S.S 2014 Fall Conference.  For more information about the event, please visit: MASS CUE
October 22nd - COMMBUYS Procurement Training - Boston. This four hour session is recommended for staff with the responsibility of conducting procurements for goods and/or services not available on a Statewide contract. The class will cover: the creation of a bid, the use of templates, how to manage attachments, online bid evaluation and contract award, and posting awarded contracts online in COMMBUYS.  Register
October 28th - COMMBUYS Purchasing Drop-in Sessions - Boston.  This 45-minute drop-in session is designed for individuals who have attended COMMBUYS Purchasing training but would like follow-up support in purchasing goods and services from statewide and department contracts in COMMBUYS. Please bring your work samples and questions to receive individualized support and advice from our staff.  Register
October 29th - COMMBUYS Procurement Drop-in Sessions - Boston. This 45-minute drop-in session is designed for individuals who have attended COMMBUYS Procurement training but would like follow-up support in conducting procurements in COMMBUYS for goods and services not available on statewide contract. Please bring your work samples and questions to receive individualized support and advice from our staff.  Register
NOVEMBER 2014
November 12th - COMMBUYS Organization Administrator Training - Boston.  This is an intensive all-day class for those identified as Organization Administrators in the COMMBUYS system. Organizational Administrator training provides an in-depth review of and hands-on practice with COMMBUYS including the Organization information, approval, workflow and user profile set-up activities.  Upon completion of this training, Organization Administrators will be prepared to fulfill their roles in COMMBUYS, including set-up activities and maintenance tasks. Register
November 13th - How to use Master Blanket Purchase Orders (SWC) Webinar.  Learn about the goods and services on Statewide Contracts, cost saving opportunities, and how to locate and use the contracts.  Register
November 18th - COMMBUYS Purchasing Training - Boston.  This 3 1/2 hour session is designed for staff responsible for purchasing goods and/or services from Statewide and departmental contracts.  It provides an introduction to COMMBUYS, system navigation and policy and instruction on how to purchase from Statewide or Department contracts.  Participants will learn to: Use COMMBUYS to search for items and/or services, create a request using a requisition document, search for specific items and/or services using a line item or a punch-out catalog, convert the approved requisition to a purchase order or bid depending on the intent of the purpose, and create change orders.  Register
November 19th - Discovering Statewide Contracts/Master Blanket Purchase Orders: Information, Demonstration & Application - Boston.  This course covers how to use Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS. This class should be attended by all new and existing procurement and purchasing staff.  Register
November 19th - COMMBUYS Procurement Training - Boston. This four hour session is recommended for staff with the responsibility of conducting procurements for goods and/or services not available on a Statewide contract. The class will cover: the creation of a bid, the use of templates, how to manage attachments, online bid evaluation and contract award, and posting awarded contracts online in COMMBUYS.  Register
November 24th - Essentials of State Procurement -Boston.  Learn how to search for a commodity or service; how to properly and efficiently utilize Statewide Contracts; and how to conduct your department's own procurements. This is an all day class.  Register
DECEMBER 2014
December 9th - Discovering Statewide Contracts/Master Blanket Purchase Orders: Information, Demonstration & Application - Boston.  This course covers how to use Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS. This class should be attended by all new and existing procurement and purchasing staff.  Register
December 12th - Essentials of State Procurement -Boston.  Learn how to search for a commodity or service; how to properly and efficiently utilize Statewide Contracts; and how to conduct your department's own procurements. This is an all day class.  Register
December 18th - How to use Master Blanket Purchase Orders (SWC) Webinar.  Learn about the goods and services on Statewide Contracts, cost saving opportunities, and how to locate and use the contracts.  Register

FALL 2014 VENDOR TRAINING AND EVENTS:

September 22nd - Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth - Saugus.  The Operational Services Division offers this FREE workshop designed for businesses who are interested in learning how to do business with the State. This workshop includes: An Overview of OSD programs and services including, State and Federal Certification, Supplier Diversity Program (SDP), Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP), and a live demonstration of where to find bidding opportunities in COMMBUYS. Attendees will also learn about Statewide and Departmental Contracting procurement process and marketing to public entities.  Register
September 17th - Locate and Respond to COMMBUYS Bids - Webinar.  This training will include how to receive email notifications of COMMBUYS bid requests, search for bids, read a bid, and create a quote responding to a bid.  Register
September 23rd - Locate and Respond to COMMBUYS Bids - Boston. Learn how to receive email notifications of COMMBUYS bid requests, search for bids, read a bid opportunity and create a quote responding to a bid.This session is 2 1/2 hours. Register
OCTOBER 2014
October 2nd - Small Business Expo - Boston.  From 10am to 5pm, the Operational Services Division (OSD) will host an exhibit table at the Small Business Expo at the Hynes Convention Center.  For more information about the expo, including free pre-registration for attendees, please visit: Register
October 2nd - Locate and Respond to COMMBUYS Bids - Webinar.  This training will include how to receive email notifications of COMMBUYS bid requests, search for bids, read a bid, and create a quote responding to a bid.  Register
October 7th - Locate and Respond to COMMBUYS Bids - Boston. Learn how to receive email notifications of COMMBUYS bid requests, search for bids, read a bid opportunity and create a quote responding to a bid.This session is 2 1/2 hours. Register
October 14th - Small Business Purchasing Program - Webinar.  Learn about the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP).  Explore how to find bidding opportunities in COMMBUYS, enter a bid response, and manage your profile.  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM.  Register
October 16th - Supplier Diversity Office - Pre-Certification Session - Worcester.  This is a required workshop for all businesses interested in applying for certification as a Minority, Woman, and/or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. The workshop will include information about the regulations, qualifications, process, and other information needed to begin the certification process. This session will run for two hours.  Register
October 17th - Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth - Boston.  The Operational Services Division offers this FREE workshop designed for businesses who are interested in learning how to do business with the State. This workshop includes: An Overview of OSD programs and services including, State and Federal Certification, Supplier Diversity Program (SDP), Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP), and a live demonstration of where to find bidding opportunities in COMMBUYS. Attendees will also learn about Statewide and Departmental Contracting procurement process and marketing to public entities.  Register
NOVEMBER 2014
November 13th - Supplier Diversity Office - Pre-Certification Session - Cambridge.  This is a required workshop for all businesses interested in applying for certification as a Minority, Woman, and/or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. The workshop will include information about the regulations, qualifications, process, and other information needed to begin the certification process. This session will run for two hours.  Register
November 18th - Locate and Respond to COMMBUYS Bids - Boston. Learn how to receive email notifications of COMMBUYS bid requests, search for bids, read a bid opportunity and create a quote responding to a bid.This session is 2 1/2 hours. Register
November 21st - Small Business Purchasing Program - Webinar.  Learn about the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP).  Explore how to find bidding opportunities in COMMBUYS, enter a bid response, and manage your profile.  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM.  Register
DECEMBER 2014
December 10th - Small Business Purchasing Program - Webinar.  Learn about the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP).  Explore how to find bidding opportunities in COMMBUYS, enter a bid response, and manage your profile.  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM.  Register
December 16th - Supplier Diversity Office - Pre-Certification Session - Boston.  This is a required workshop for all businesses interested in applying for certification as a Minority, Woman, and/or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. The workshop will include information about the regulations, qualifications, process, and other information needed to begin the certification process. This session will run for two hours.  Register