Learn about the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP)

The SBPP was established to recognize the importance of Massachusetts small businesses and the challenges they face.

Overview

The SBPP’s goals are to support the growth of small businesses that meet SBPP eligibility requirements.

What you need to know

The SBPP can help you market your business to state Executive Department buyers. It is a free program and the registration process is completed in COMMBUYS, the Commonwealth's online procurement platform. Many resources are available to program members, including training classes and networking events.

What are the benefits?

Though it does not guarantee that an SBPP member ultimately will win a contract, Executive Departments are directed to give special consideration to SBPP members when buying non-construction goods and services (that are not already on statewide contract) with a total value less than or equal to $150,000. There also is an Executive Department spending benchmark goal of 3.3%, which further encourages state purchasers to buy from SBPP members. The SBPP does not include non-recurring purchases with a total value of less than $10,000 nor does it include purchases for vertical or horizontal construction projects.

Businesses registered in COMMBUYS receive email notifications of procurement opportunities issued by OSD and other entities, and are able to submit electronic responses to bid opportunities. Being registered in COMMBUYS also means that SBPP members will appear in the searchable business list and be identified as a small business. SBPP members also may attend free training classes to help learn about selling to the state and using COMMBUYS.

 

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