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The Operational Services Division has posted two Tradespersons Statewide Contract bid opportunities that will provide regional coverage for a variety of trade services throughout Massachusetts. The Contracts include the following categories:

Tradespersons Statewide Contract TRD01

Boilers – Drains – Electrical  – Fencing – General Contracting – Generator/Turbine  – Glass/Window/Doors – HVAC/Sheet Metal  – Painting  – Plumbing

 Link to the TRD01 Bid Opportunity in COMMBUYS

Tradespersons Statewide Contract TRD02

Asphalt Paving – Carpentry – Excavation – Masonry – Septic

Link to the TRD02 Bid Opportunity in COMMBUYS

Vendors are invited to submit a quote in COMMBUYS. TRD01 quote responses are being evaluated as they are received and qualified vendors are awarded a spot on the Statewide Contract. TRD02 evaluations begin on March 31.

An additional Tradespersons Statewide Contract is anticipated in the coming months. Stay tuned for further details..

 To be eligible to bid on this contract and to receive notices of bid opportunities, your firm must be registered as a vendor in COMMBUYS, the Commonwealth’s online eProcurement platform. Register in COMMBUYS today!

Create a Business Profile in COMMBUYS Free of Charge

Many state procurement and purchasing activities take place in COMMBUYS. Set up a COMMBUYS business profile to receive solicitation notices in your areas of interest; submit quotes; and, if awarded a contract, transact business with the Commonwealth’s buyers.

COMMBUYS Resources and Activities

  • Set up your business profile by registering at COMMBUYS.com.
  • Find COMMBUYS Registration Guidance here.
  • All businesses must select at least one United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC) when setting up their business profile. UNSPSCs identify the goods/services your business offers and trigger email notifications when COMMBUYS bid opportunities match your business offerings. Vendors are encouraged to select any of the following UNSPSCs that align with their business and will have the opportunity to select others during registration:
    • Boiler Services (72-15-10)
    • Drain Services (70-17-18)
    • Electrical Services (72-15-15)
    • Fencing (72-15-40)
    • General Contracting (72-11-11)
    • Generator/Turbine Services (72-15-43)
    • Glass/Window/Doors (72-15-24)
    • HVAC/Sheet Metal Services (72-15-12)
    • Painting Services (72-15-13)
    • Plumbing Services (72-15-11)
    • Asphalt Paving Services (72-14-10)
    • Carpenter Services (72-15-23)
    • Excavation Services (72-15-00)
    • Masonry Services (72-15-19)
    • Septic Services (72-15-11)

After setting up your vendor profile, interested bidders must acknowledge the bid to receive future email updates from COMMBUYS.  To acknowledge the bid, login to COMMBUYS, navigate to the posting (Using the Advanced Search, enter TRD01 or TRD02 in the Bid Description field), and select “Yes” on the Acknowledge Receipt and View Solicitation window.  

Reach COMMBUYS Help COMMBUYS Help Desk staff: Email COMMBUYS@state.ma.us or call 888-627-8283 or 888-MA-STATE.

Quote Response Guidance

Your quote response must be submitted through COMMBUYS. Vendors are encouraged to use the Create a Quote in COMMBUYS job aid pdf format of How to Create a Quote in COMMBUYS
to navigate the quote submission process and may sign up to attend a COMMBUYS Training Session. Online and classroom sessions are available.

Access the current schedule

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Format: Webinar
Register

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Format: Instructor-led class (Boston)
Register

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Format: Webinar
Register

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Format: Instructor-led class (Boston)
Register

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Format: Webinar
Register

Note that we are in the process of planning several regional training sessions around the Commonwealth. Stay tuned for updates.

Quote Submission Reminders:

  • General tab – Do not select “Is ‘No Bid’” on the General tab; this is intended for use only if you do not wish to submit a bid; award recommendation may not be made if this checkbox is selected.
  • Item tab – Select See Quote Attachment to be able to upload response documents on the Attachments tab. 
  • Attachments tab – Be sure to include all required documents as part of your response.
  • Terms and Conditions must be accepted to allow the quote submission.
  • Summary tab – Perform a final inspection of your quote to ensure:
    • The Bid Flag is set to “Yes”;
    • The Item(s) being bid indicate “See Quote Attachment(s) – Yes”;
    • All required documents have been uploaded.
  • Select Submit Quote after your review.

Contact the COMMBUYS Help Desk with questions:
commbuys@state.ma.us or
888-627-8283 (888-MA-STATE).