Register for the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP)

If your business meets all of the criteria and accepts the program participation agreement it is eligible to participate in the SBPP.

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COMMBUYS, the State’s online procurement platform, links public purchasers in search of goods and services with businesses which are able to provide them. During the COMMBUYS registration process, companies have the opportunity to identify as a small business by meeting certain qualifying criteria. COMMBUYS validates SBPP eligibility information entered by companies through an interface with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). Eligibility is reviewed periodically, at which time, SBPP members receive an automated email from COMMBUYS asking them to update their SBPP eligibility information in their COMMBUYS vendor profiles.

Does my firm qualify?

To become a member of the SBPP, a company must:

  • Have its principal place of business in Massachusetts;
  • Have been in business for at least one year;
  • Currently employ a combined total of 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees in all locations or employees work less than a combined total of 2,600 hours per quarter; and
  • Have gross revenues, as reported on the appropriate Massachusetts Department of Revenue tax forms, of $15 million or less, based on a three-year average.

In addition to the above criteria, non-profit firms must:

  • Be registered as a nonprofit or charitable organization with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and be up to date with all filings required by that office; and
  • Be 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 go to any private shareholder or individual person.

Non-profit firms must:

  • Be registered as a nonprofit or charitable organization with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and be up to date with all filings required by that office; and
  • Be 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 go to any private shareholder or individual person.

How to register Register for the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP)

Register for SBPP 

Locate COMMBUYS vendor registration resources to navigate the COMMBUYS registration process.

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How is my eligibility for the SBPP validated?

When businesses submit responses to SBPP qualification questions through COMMBUYS, the system first will attempt to validate companies’ SBPP eligibility through an online interface with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Firms successfully validated through the interface will receive an approval notification with 24-48 hours. Businesses whose eligibility was not validated through the online process, but believe they meet the program’s eligibility criteria, must provide documentation to demonstrate eligibility. Use the appropriate Attestation form below to gather required documentation for all program criteria.

Forward the completed form, which must be notarized, and all supporting documentation to sbppreview@mass.gov or mail all documents to the Operational Services Division’s Supplier Diversity Office, One Ashburton Place, Room 1017, Boston, MA 02108, Attn: Tom Hall.

It is recommended that attestation forms be filed within 25 business days of receiving notice that the company or organization could not be verified through the online validation process.

Firms which are found to be ineligible may reapply for SBPP participation one year from the date of the initial online validation message.

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