Effective July 1, 2011 businesses interested in bidding on contract opportunities offered through the Commonwealth's procurement access and solicitation system, Comm-PASS, may enroll in the SMARTBID electronic bidding system at no cost. Free access to SMARTBID will save businesses $275 annually and will increase competition on contract opportunities offered by the Commonwealth and other public entities. The elimination of the SMARTBID fee reflects the state's economic policy of reducing governmental barriers to doing business with the Commonwealth.