Welcome to the Massachusetts Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP) established by Governor Deval Patrick's Executive Order No. 523 in recognition of the importance of Massachusetts small businesses and the impact and challenges the latest recession has placed on them. The goals of the COMMBUYS are to increase state spending with participating Massachusetts-based small businesses and to provide simple and easy access to information and resources that can assist the small business community.
Explore our website to find informational webinars and instructional job aids that you can use anytime. Or, access information about instructor-led small business training sessions to learn about the SBPP eligibility requirements, expanding opportunities for small businesses to compete for state contracts, and accessing information using the Commonwealth's e-procurement system, COMMBUYS.
We welcome your ideas and comments and look forward to your participation in the COMMBUYS.
The Small Business Purchasing Program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is administered by the Operational Services Division (OSD) with the support of the Executive Office of Administration and Finance.
OSD oversees the procurement and management of contracts for goods and services as authorized in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations 801 CMR 21.00 . OSD will implement SBPP policies which direct all Executive Departments to provide special consideration to participating small business when procuring non-construction goods and services valued between $10,000 and $150,000.
The COMMBUYS will not include procurements for vertical or horizontal construction since both are covered under statutes outside OSD's authority, MGL c. §149, 44A-H , and MGL c. §30, 39M respectively.
The SBPP mission is:
- to increase the dollars spent by the Commonwealth with participating small businesses;
- to build a network of advocates, liaisons, mentors, and recruiters, ready to assist small businesses;
- to partner with Massachusetts small businesses: the strength of our economy, innovators in job creation, and a source of community empowerment and economic revitalization.
Eligibility Criteria for Participation in the SBPP
Any entity, including all of its affiliates combined, is eligible to participate in the Small Business Purchasing Program if that entity, exclusively through COMMBUYS, accepts the participation agreement and attests to meeting all program criteria below, as applicable:
- has its principal place of business in Massachusetts;
- has been in business for at least one year;
- currently employs a combined total of 50 or fewer full-time equivalents in all locations;
- has gross revenues as reported on the appropriate Massachusetts Department of Revenue tax form of $15 million or less, based on a 3-year average; and,
- for any entity attesting to Business Type "For-Profit":
- is organized under the laws of the Commonwealth or is properly registered to do business in the Commonwealth; and
- is independently owned and operated.
- for any entity attesting to Business Type "Non-Profit" (i.e. 501(c)):
- is registered as a nonprofit or charitable organization with and up to date on its filings with the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office; and
- is tax-exempt under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, i.e. organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c) and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual.
If you meet all the above conditions you are SBPP eligible! Navigate to www.COMMBUYS.com, select the Register link.
There are many benefits for SBPP participation including:
- Contract Opportunities: Targeted contract opportunities with all Executive Departments conducting procurements of goods and services between $10,000 and $150,000;
- Subscription to COMMBUYS, which provides account holders with automatic email notification of Executive Department procurement opportunities as well as quick and easy online submission of bids for resulting contracts. This is also a commitment from the Commonwealth that small businesses will have access to all available contracting opportunities;
- Inclusion in a business directory: Placement in a searchable, central directory of businesses through which a small business can market their goods, services, and experience directly to purchasing agents who may not be familiar with their company;
- Free training: Access to free training about the SBPP, the Commonwealth's procurement process and the Commonwealth's eProcurement system, COMMBUYS.
Questions about the SBPP or COMMBUYS can be sent via email to the Help Desk staff at COMMBUYSs@state.ma.us.