Learning opportunities are a click away and available on your schedule by accessing our library of webcasts.  These eLearning modules, accessible on your computer, include topics such as OSD Programs and Services for the business community and COMMBUYS, the Commonwealth's Market Center where you can find and respond to bidding opportunities. Click on the webcast link of your choice to begin your learning session.  

OSD Programs and Services

Small Business Purchasing Program Executive Order 523 Policy Overview

The goals of the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP) are to increase state spending with enrolled Massachusetts-based small businesses and to provide simple and easy access to information and resources that will assist the small business community. Executive Department Buyers will learn about the changes to the SBPP, including verification guidelines, DOR interface, and associated policy changes.

State Contracting and the Supplier Diversity Plan (SDP) Form (Changes Effective October 1, 2013)

The goal of the Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) is to promote, encourage, and increase spending with state and federally certified business enterprises. Interested businesses will learn about the Supplier Diversity Plan Form, how it fits into the state’s procurement process, and its significance in responding to state contracting opportunities. Businesses that are already certified as Women Business Enterprises, Minority Business Enterprises and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprises will learn how to establish business-to-business relationships with potential and current state contractors who are actively seeking SDP partnerships.

Supplier Diversity Policy and Form for Purchase of Service (POS) Providers

The Operational Services Division (OSD) announced changes to the Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) policy for Purchase of Service (POS) contractors effective July 15, 2014.  This webcast outlines changes to the SDP program and reporting requirements for POS contractors. The intended audiences for this webinar are providers that currently contract with an Executive Agency or Department of the Commonwealth for Purchase of Service and any new provider that plans to respond to POS bids posted on COMMBUYS.  


Overview of COMMBUYS

This brief presentation details reasons for migrating to COMMBUYS and introduces COMMBUYS features. COMMBUYS 3 phased implementation strategy and user readiness approach is also explored.

Basic Navigation for Registered Purchasers

In this overview you will learn how to navigate through the COMMBUYS system. We will walk you through the login screen, homepage, header and navigation bar, control center and warning messages.

Searching for Contracts in COMMBUYS

In this overview, we review how to conduct a search while logged into COMMBUYS. You will learn about using advanced search functionality, navigating through Inquiry search tabs and sub tabs, accessing the document history icon, searching from within a user role and additional search options. 

How to Use Master Blanket Purchase Orders: Purchasing from Statewide Contracts

This one-hour introductory class includes an overview of the Operational Services Division and Statewide contracts. Attendees will learn how to locate Statewide contracts in COMMBUYS, and what resources and tools are available on the OSD website. We will also provide information on some OSD cost saving programs that buyers can take advantage of.

COMMBUYS - Advanced UNSPSC for Buyers & Sellers (Using Commodity Codes in COMMBUYS - United Nations Standard Products and Services Codes)

The Operational Services Division has adopted the UNSPSC which supports system interface, monitors spending and buying patterns and streamlines processes. This webcast introduces and defines the UNSPSC Commodity Codes and the reasoning for use in COMMBUYS. The audience is advised how to utilize the UNSPSC codes within COMMBUYS specifically how vendors are notified of bid opportunities within COMMBUYS.

Approving Documents in COMMBUYS

In this overview, you will learn about accessing "ready for approval" documents and how to identify information on documents requiring approval fields that can be edited during the approval process. It also includes approving, disapproving, and canceling documents routed for approval and adding additional approvers to an approval path along with managing proxy users. 

What the Seller Sees in COMMBUYS (Bids and POs)

This presentation highlights a seller’s view of locating bids and creating quotes in COMMBUYS, locating and acknowledging purchase orders in COMMBUYS.  This webcast also explores additional COMMBUYS support resources available.

How to Find Purchase Orders in COMMBUYS

This webcast provides an overview of COMMBUYS from the Seller’s perspective and highlights the steps used to find Purchase Orders.  After viewing, sellers will be able to locate purchase orders using a variety of search methods.