DEVAL L. PATRICK
TIMOTHY P. MURRAY
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR OPERATIONAL SERVICES
REGINALD A. NUNNALLY
In this issue:
• Patrick Murray Adm.
Key Initiatives to
help create jobs
• African Export
• UMass Contractor Meeting
• Client Spotlight
• DBE Supportive Services
• Disadvantage Business
• DBE SS Client Spotlight
• BID Opportunities
• Upcoming Events
SDO May 2011 Activity For State and Federal Certification Program
Newly Certified Businesses
PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES KEY INITIATIVES TO REMOVE BARRIERS TO SMALL BUSINESSES TO HELP CREATE JOBS
BOSTON - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez today announced several reforms which will standardize and streamline the Commonwealth's procurement process and help contain health care costs for small businesses.
"The Patrick-Murray Administration is implementing reforms to make it easier for small businesses to compete and succeed in Massachusetts," said Secretary Gonzalez. "Governor Patrick is focused on creating opportunities for small businesses, creating jobs for our residents, and containing health care costs so businesses can survive and thrive."
Removing Barriers to Procurement
Effective July 1st the Operational Services Division (OSD) will stop collecting the annual vendor registration fee of $275 charged to businesses participating in Comm-PASS, the Commonwealth's procurement bidding system, which will result in more competition and lower costs for doing business.
In addition to lifting the annual vendor registration fee, the Operational Services Division is increasing the competitive bidding range for Massachusetts registered small businesses from $5,000 to $150,000 for department specific solicitations. Previously, the high end of the threshold was $50,000. This change will help small business compete for larger bids and spur additional hiring among smaller companies as they take on additional business.
The Operational Services Division has also streamlined access to a variety of minority, women, small and disadvantaged businesses by centralizing the management for a variety of diversity programs and initiatives within its Supplier Diversity Office.
Helping Small Businesses Contain Health Care Costs
In July, the Health Connector will eliminate the fee it currently charges small businesses to shop through Commonwealth Choice. This fee was already significantly lower than those charged when small businesses shopped through other intermediaries, and will now be waived to further promote the use of Commonwealth Choice.
The Patrick-Murray Administration also remains focused on reducing premiums for small businesses across the Commonwealth. The Administration's FY12 budget includes $10 million (including $2.5 million contribution from the Health Connector) for the Health Connector to implement a provision of Chapter 288 to offer premium discounts for certain small businesses which purchase coverage through Commonwealth Choice and set up wellness programs for their employees. This will reduce premiums for qualifying small businesses by up to 5 percent.
In addition, The Health Connector will update its Commonwealth Choice program to allow small businesses and individuals to search if a desired hospital or doctor is covered through the health plans they are considering.
The Patrick-Murray Administration's ongoing efforts to lower health care costs for small businesses and families continued this month as the Division of Insurance instituted the creation of limited network plans, which will cost 12 percent less than "normal" plans, and group purchasing cooperatives, which will allow businesses and individuals to combine market buying power. The Division of Insurance will hold informational sessions around the state for organizations interested in applying for cooperative status, starting June 13, with meetings in Lowell, Worcester, Bridgewater and Amherst.
The Administration has also supported small business growth through a number of economic development programs including: the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, created and capitalized with $35 million through the Economic Development Reorganization Act to serve as a one stop resource for small businesses seeking capital and advice; the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation, which provides funding for start-up and expansion of early-stage technology companies in the Commonwealth; and the Business Development Corporation's state-funded Capital Access Program, which has provided loans to community-based, small businesses in every one of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.
Export Opportunities in Africa and
Export Opportunities in Africa and
by Ronald Marlow
Assistant Secretary for the Office of Access and Opportunity
In 2010, South Africa’s ambassador to the United States, Ebrahim Rasool, issued a
challenge to minority-owned business enterprises to bury pessimism about Africa and
take advantage of the continent’s tremendous opportunities. In most respects, the
opportunities that Ambassador Rasool spoke of then remain alive and well today, and
economic forecasts predict that they will continue to be alive and well for the foreseeable
Rapid decreases in the costs of international communication and transport, coupled
with the growth of many international markets through the enactment of free trade
agreements and other laws meant to facilitate access to new markets – for example the
African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) – are allowing more and more American
companies to begin to realize a myriad of business opportunities that lie outside the
United States’ borders. However, in spite of significant increases in minority
populations and minority entrepreneurship in America, few minority-owned businesses
are taking advantage of existing opportunities in the global marketplace.
Minority-owned businesses, if they can gain access to global business opportunities and
information on how to pursue them, may be able to create a presence that has been
sorely lacking. Furthermore, minority-owned business may actually have an advantage
in certain global markets, especially developing or transition economies, if they can
utilize and capitalize upon their unique competitive strengths, including often over looked
cultural and family ties. In fact, this opportunity is not as elusive as one
might think. According to a 2008 report issued by the Minority Business Development
Agency (MBDA), minority-owned firms (2.5%) were twice as likely to generate 10% or
more of its sales via export activity as non-minority businesses (1.2%).
Policymakers and programmatic staff of Massachusetts state government recognize the
role that we can play in assisting minority-owned businesses learn about global business
opportunities and how to pursue them. It is in this spirit that the Office of Access and
Opportunity, the Supplier Diversity Office, the Office of Small Business and
Entrepreneurship, the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment and
the Massachusetts Export Center have partnered to sponsor a seminar entitled “Export
Opportunities in Africa”.
The seminar, which will take place Thursday, June 23, 2011, is targeted to minority owned
businesses whose owners are interested in learning about business opportunities
in Africa. The seminar will provide basic information upon which businesses can
ascertain if the opportunities present throughout the African continent are for them. To
access the agenda for the day and/or to register for the event, go to
https://africaexportopportunities.eventbrite.com. We hope to see you there.
Ron Marlow serves as the Assistant Secretary for Access and Opportunity for the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts. Contact the Host
DBE/ACDBE/DBELO Training News Highlights
DBE/ACDBE/DBELO Training News Highlights:
The Massachusetts UCP program is ready for the significant changes in the world of DBE program planning and implementation with the recent announcement from DOT Secretary Ray LaHood concerning the new "Final Rule" for Part 26, which became effective 2-28-2011. Some highlights of this new rule are:
• Updating of the Personal Net Worth level for DBEs to $1.32 million
• Making it easier for DBEs to become certified in different states (Reciprocity)
• Requiring more program oversight-mandated monitoring for compliance and meeting goals for each contract
• Requiring documentation of "justification" when goals are not met
• Requiring the development of a small business and DBE improvement plan
Undoubtedly, this final rule has changed the way we, as DBE/DBELO/UCP professionals, conduct our business.
The Supplier Diversity Office has arranged DBELO/ACDBE and DBE training in order to keep the Mass UCP informed on recent program changes as they emerge, the core training topics included:
• History and Trends of the DBE program
• DBELO Program Responsibilities and Administration
• DBE and ACDBE Goal Setting Methodology (including the new 3-year goal submission requirement beginning in FY 2011)
• UCP Certification Process and Requirements for DBE and ACDBE firms
• Airport Concessions and Joint-Venture Guidance
• Business and Financial Structures
• General Compliance and Monitoring
Ken Weeden & Associates, Inc. (KWA) is nationally recognized as experts in all phases of program development and service delivery in the areas of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program management and implementation.
Founded in 1989, KWA developed the National DBE Training Institute out of concern for the continued professionalism of DBE/HUBMWBE personnel, especially for those newly appointed to such positions.
Each of the trainers is an experienced professional in the area of DBE/ MWBE/ HUB program implementation. They are not a team of lecturers; they are veterans in every aspect of DBE/MWBE/ HUB program administration from goal development to business certification and site visits.
Each session was a comprehensive, content-rich 2 day course designed to provide in-depth training to DBE/ACDBE and DBELO professionals from "Beginners" through "Intermediate" experience levels. In this seminar the Mass UCP came away with a working understanding of the following topics:
• History and Trends of the DBE Program - Why are we "here"?
• Knowing Your Role: Organizing a DBE/ACDBE Office
• DBELO - DBE Program Responsibilities
• DBE and ACDBE Goal Setting Methodologies (including the new 3-year goal requirement effective March 2010)
• DBE Regulation Review (49 CFR part 26) and USDOT Guidance
• Airport Concession and Joint Venture Guidance
• Conducting Site Visits and Fraud Detection
• UCP Certification Process and Requirements for DBE/ACDBE Firms
• General Compliance and Monitoring
• Calculating Personal Net Worth
• Business 101: Legal Structure and Financial Matters
• Good Faith Effort Reviews - How to Conduct Them
• Plus…Real Case Studies and Time for Peer-to-Peer Sharing
Innovative, Inc. d/b/a: Innovative Resource Group
Joanne Irving started Innovative Resource Group in 1991 in what she fondly refers to as her “shoebox”, a small corner sublet in a friend’s office in Winchester. In 1991 the
fax machine was the major means of print communications, aside from the telephone. Innovative was so busy, so quickly, that her faxes (at that time wet as they came off the
fax machine) were hung on a line to dry!!
Joanne started Innovative by purchasing a small customer base from her former employer, Yankee Systems. Today, a good number of those customers are still with Innovative. At
that time, the work was primarily business forms which included a lot of checks, envelopes, invoices and statements. What set Innovative apart, was Joanne’s creativity so that
when she won a new customer, the first thing she would do was explain how much more effective their forms would be if they looked fresh, clean and professional and when possible,
even artistic! Joanne always loved art, design and advertising and so it was a natural course to bring beauty into what was always considered dull and boring. An invoice done for
the Paul K. Guillow Company proudly hangs in her office with their famous glider screened back in the center of the form.
Although that form is no longer used and technology has
changed the use of forms, it is a warm reminder of how Innovative got its start.
In 1995, after losing a major account that filed for bankruptcy, Joanne had to figure out how to bring in some business to make up for the loss. There were expenses to be met, a new office in Wakefield and employees to pay. Waiting for the natural course of growth wasn’t an option. Joanne found a small distributor who wanted to retire and that was the beginning of what has become a wonderful resource for business for Innovative. Ruth Werksman of Beacon Business Forms, was a natural fit to join Innovative. Ruth explained to Joanne that the only way she would sell her business to her would be if she applied immediately to become a Woman Owned Business in the state of Massachusetts and so in 1995 Innovative was on its way to a new beginning. Joanne learned so much from Ruth and knew that meeting her was not an accident and that becoming a certified woman-owned business by the Supplier Diversity Office would help her to grow the business again.
Today Innovative is a single source provider of graphic design, printing, corporate gifts and corporate apparel. Innovative takes full responsibility for the design, production,
coordination and distribution of every project they manage. They empower their clients to focus their time and energy on what they do best and leave the rest to Innovative.
In the words of Joanne, we have to hang tough in these challenging times. It is due to the dedication of the Innovative staff, the loyal customers and partner vendors that
we have been successful through the years. It is good to know that we have the resources and support of the Supplier Diversity Office to help us continue to move forward.
We will continue to believe in ourselves, and today’s challenges will become tomorrow’s successes. We are grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way and look
forward to a great 2011.
Spectrum Broadcasting Corporation
Spectrum Management has been approved for the list of Qualified Trainers for the Massachusetts Office Early Education & Childcare. A division of Spectrum Broadcasting Corporation, Spectrum Management's team includes a certified educator, qualified trainers and experienced consultants who provide services to staff at public and private schools (from daycare to college level) and out-of-school time programs. They also provide services to parent groups. Services include design and facilitation of meetings, workshops and presentations, recruitment for focus groups, volunteers and board members; and evaluation and feedback forms and processes.
Tessil Collins is the owner of Spectrum Broadcasting Corporation and manages its divisions Spectrum Management and Spectrum Creatives. Mr. Collins is a media producer and
educator experienced in all aspects of production and technology, writing, graphic and web design, training and management. "Spectrum has been a certified supplier since
1984 and recognizes the value of being certified by the Commonwealth’s Supplier Diversity Office ." says Mr. Collins. "This certification has allowed my company to compete
for opportunities that we would not have been aware of and qualified to
Spectrum Management also offers expertise regarding the career, booking and product development needs of performing and creative artists, producers, and companies. Its clients include jazz guitarist Assaf Kehati and vocalist Athene Wilson.
Spectrum Creatives produces branding and marketing campaigns for individuals, companies, government agencies and community based organizations. Spectrum Creatives is a full service design and production company. Spectrum Creatives provides writing, audio, video, graphic and website design and production services for advertising, promotion, marketing, and education campaigns.
They have provided creative services for DPH's Tobacco Control Program and DESE's School Breakfast Program.
Spectrum Broadcasting provides webcasting and streaming services to companies and individuals.
SBC produces Sun-Music, www.sun-music.net, an Internet radio website that provides entertainment news, information and music in four styles - HipUrbanSoul, That Jazz, The Inspiration, and The Sound of the Sun. Go to www.spectrumbroadcastingcorp.com for more information.
DBE Supportive Services Program
In May the DBE SS team positioned itself for a very busy fourth quarter of events, meetings, and conclusions. In the Business Development
Tract portion of the program, class participants learned how to position their businesses within a competitive landscape and different
sales strategies, systems and processes. Class participants further explored human resource issues, policies, and how to build a resilient
organization by managing talent. The month closed with class members delving into human resources with respect to community responsibility
If you are a RWA DBE and are interested in any portion of the DBE SS Program, please contact
Brian Ross at 617-502-8843 or Mary Richmond at 617-502-8862.
DBE SS Advisory Board
The Advisory Board finalized its recommended change order and bid Checklist. The DBE SS team forwarded the checklist to approximately 120
RWA DDBE firms for their use and consideration when preparing quotes. The Board recommended that the Supplier Diversity Office include the
checklist in all newly certified firms' information packets. This month the Advisory Board discussed the definition of under-utilized as
it relates to MassDOT contracting opportunities and credit programs for primes using DBE firms. The Board will finalize its definition of
under-utilized so it can be used to shape a credit program for primes. The final outcome of which will be the DBE SS Advisory Board
recommending a prime credit program that will benefit all participants involved in Federally Aided Highway Construction Projects. The Board
continues to add issues to it's parking lot so as not to lose track of important items on which they may be able to offer resources and
assistance to the DBE Program overall. If you have any challenges, thoughts, or comments please contact Brian Ross at 617-502-8843.
Next month the Board is excited to welcome its newest member Bernard Brown, Manager of Compliance and Diversity at MassHousing.
The Opportunity Database tallies survey responses from DBEs and Prime Contractors. Scope of work items related to highway construction
are listed for Primes and DBEs to enable SDO in matching Prime Contractors' needs with available DBEs and the DBEs' specific items of
work. The goal of the database is to increase DBE participation on federally-funded highway construction. The database is posted for
use by Prime Contractors and DBEs alike to promote new relationships and business activity. The database now lists nearly 300 prime
contractors and close to 100 DBE firms! If you are interested in participating in the survey, complete the forms below and fax them to
Click on the icon for the survey tool
Access to Accounting:
June 13, 2011 09:30 a.m.
Understand your financial ratios and how they affect financing opportunities. Learn what to look for in a CPA and what services you might
need. Learn how important balance sheets and income statements are. The DBE SS Program will sponsor "Get Connected: Access to Accounting"
on Monday, June 13th, 2011 at 10:00 AM. Registration and networking will begin at 9:30 AM. Before and after the formal presentation there
will be opportunities to meet 1-on-1 with key resource partners including prime contractors, bonding agents & brokers, MassDOT, and many more.
Click Here to Register
Access to Human Resources:
June 27, 2011 09:30 a.m.
Know when enough is enough and other valuable information about employee handbooks. Learn and understand the different types of legally
enacted leaves and the difference between employees and independent contractors so you can avoid tax and legal pitfalls. Learn everything
you need to know about human resources when the DBE SS Program hosts "Get Connected: Access to Human Resources" on Monday, June 27th, 2011
at 10:00 AM. Registration and networking will begin at 9:30 AM. There will be opportunities to network 1-on-1 with other DBE firms and
key resource partners including prime contractors, bonding agents & brokers, MassDOT, and many more before and after the formal presentations.
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All Get Connected events:
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Meet and Greet
Meet and Greet events that the DBE SS team will be hosting to foster new business relationships between prime contractors and DBE firms.
Five or more prime contracting companies will give short presentations about their firms, address
questions and concerns from DBEs, and meet one-on-one with over 30 DBE firms. DBEs will have the opportunity to present their work history,
elevator pitch, and general information about their capacity, mission statement, etc. These are unique opportunities for networking so
there are a limited number of spots available.
To register please contact:
Margaux Whitney, Administrative Assistance
June 24th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Registration 9:30 AM
Feedback on our events continues to be positive. This is an excerpt from an exit survey taken at our March 14th, 2011 "Get Connected:
Access to Sales and Marketing" event - "Thank you for the excellent meeting with Beth Goldstein . . . She was informative, helpful, and
professional in every aspect . . . Still trying to navigate the many tendrils of the WBE/DBE programs . . . Your monthly newsletters have
been helpful by keeping me pretty well informed."
DBE Supportive Services Program
Pristine Engineers, Inc. (PEi)
Pristine Engineers, Inc. (PEi), an MBE/DBE and SDB certified MEP/FP engineering company, provides HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, geothermal, and photovoltaic (solar) systems engineering services for educational, residential, commercial, industrial, laboratory, transportation, health care facility and municipal building projects.
Mr. Golam Mustafa, PE, LEED AP, founded PEi, in 2009 with a strong commitment to design highly efficient and cost effective HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and fire
protection systems for building clients. Through good design PEi's goal is to provide energy and water savings, carbon and pollution reduction, and environmentally
friendly systems to
each client to reduce building operating costs.
It has been a busy 2011 for the growing company. PEi is currently working on a number of diverse projects: A new house for the Sisters of St. Margaret including full MEP/FP, geothermal HVAC systems and solar power design; a new 86,000 sq. ft. school for South Shore Educational Collaborative; and a sports lighting project for Tabor Academy. Additional projects include Massasoit Community College's new biotech laboratory, stairwell pressurization systems at GSA's Volpe Center, UMass Dartmouth stairwell ventilation, and apartment renovations for the New Bedford Housing Authority.
PEi's staff of engineering professionals offers dedication, depth of experience and expertise, bringing a vast array of skills to solve challenges on any variety of projects.
"PEi is a built upon a strong and enduring commitment to our clients. We believe our success is a direct result of our dedication first to the fundamental values of honesty, integrity, and loyalty in all of our relationships, and second to our high standards of excellence in all of our engineering work. With our experienced and competent staff we are equipped to respond to any real world engineering challenges."
These core principles and personnel have allowed PEi to retain existing clients while opening doors to new client partners. Despite the current economic climate, the company is growing steadily and has created jobs since its establishment.
To see more, visit Pristine Engineer, Inc.'s website: www.pristineengineers.com
Nover-Armstrong Associates, Inc.
Nover-Armstrong Associates, Inc., a Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) - certified DBE and WBE, has been providing expert environmental
consulting, environmental engineering & environmental permitting and planning services to a diverse and loyal public, private, and
non-profit client base across Massachusetts and greater New England. The firm was established in 2003 by Marylou Armstrong, LSP, and
Marta J. Nover, both of whom are highly regarded by regulators, clients, and peers.
Currently, Nover-Armstrong is teaming with area engineering, design, and construction firms to provide high-quality environmental
consulting services on major MBTA, MassDOT - Highway Division, and Massport infrastructure improvement projects.
Nover-Armstrong's in-house team of licensed certified professionals offers oil and hazardous material assessment and remedial design
services; hazardous material surveys; asbestos inspections; environmental permitting and Municipal Peer Review; stormwater management
design and review; construction monitoring; Open Space and Recreation Plan development; and wetland resources area and wildlife habitat
Professional licenses held by the principals and senior associates at Nover-Armstrong include Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional
licensure, Registered Professional Engineer - Civil, Registered Professional Engineer - Environmental and Asbestos Inspector licensure.
Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE)
Unified Certification Program (UCP)
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Expands Program to Help Small Businesses Participate in Transportation Programs
This rule improves the administration of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program by increasing accountability for recipients
with respect to meeting overall goals, modifying and updating certification requirements, adjusting the personal net worth (PNW) threshold for inflation,
providing for expedited interstate certification, adding provisions to foster small business participation, improving post-award oversight, and addressing
other issues. For the full Federal Register notice Download .
Reminder letters are sent out 30 days prior to the company's certification expiration date. These letters detail the documentation the company is required to submit to
remain in good standing. Certifications are renewed according to the following schedules:
• MBE, WBE, MBE/WBE & NPO'S - Every 2 years -(Biennial renewal)
• DBE - Every year(Annual Review)
Fee Alert Modify Subscription Process
We strongly encourage you to go to www.comm-pass.com to learn about other bid opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.
TO LOCATE BIDS associated with the goods and services your company offers:
1. Select the Solicitations tab from the main navigation bar
2. Select the Browse All Open by Cat-Subcat option
3. Select the checkmark for any relevant Category
4. Select the checkmark for any relevant Subcategory
5. Select the View option for any relevant Title
6. Review all information and files, and follow all instructions
For questions related to a specific bid, contact the party listed on the record’s Issuer(s) tab by email.
For Comm-PASS navigation assistance, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for prompt attention.
Partnering Opportunities for SDO-Certified Businesses
We strongly encourage you to go to www.comm-pass.com to learn about opportunities to partner with Prime Vendors regardless of the goods and services requested.
Prime Vendors seeking to bid on requests by Executive Departments for goods and services valued at $50,000 or more MUST submit a Supplier Diversity Plan with an SDO-certified partner.
Issuers specify which types of partnerships are allowed:
Sub-Contract: The SDO-Certified business must be able to provide some or all of the goods and services requested in a Subcontract relationship
Ancillary: The SDO-certified business has a contract to provide the Prime Vendor with goods and services unrelated to those requested by the Issuer.
Growth & Development: The Prime Vendor will provide the SDO-Certified business with resources for education, training, sponsorship, mentoring, resource sharing, and/or other initiatives
TO LOCATE PARTNERSIP OPPORTUNTIES:
1. Select the Solicitations tab from the main navigation bar
2. CAREFULLY type the partnership type in the Keyword Search field as EITHER: Ancillary OR Growth & Development Do not type both!
3. Select the Contains SDP checkbox
4. Select the Document Status OPEN
5. Select the Search option
The system will return a link to all matching records.
For Comm-PASS navigation assistance, send an email to email@example.com for prompt attention.
TO MARKET YOUR SDO-CERTIFIED BUSINESS to Prime Vendors as an SDP partner:
5. Select the # Matching Records Found option
6. Select the View option to access each opportunity
7. Select the Interested in Bid Partnering? Option to add your SDO-certified company’s contact information
8. Enter your Company Name so it includes the terms “SDO-Certified” and “Ancillary Partner” or “Growth & Dev Partner” as applicable
9. FOLLOW UP! Check that bid’s Interested in Bidding list for Prime Vendors and contact them with proposals for meeting the Supplier Diversity Plan requirements.
CITY OF BOSTON
PUBLIC FACILITIES DEPARTMENT (PFD)
INVITATION FOR BIDS
NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS
C. 149 Projects
Invitation for General Bids: Interior Renovations to 152 North Street - #6989
For information specific to this particular bid, please contact the
Bid Counter 617-635-4809
The City of Boston acting by its Public Facilities Commission, through its Director of the Public Facilities Department, 10th Floor, 26 Court Street, Boston,
MA 02108, hereinafter referred to as the Awarding Authority, hereby invites sealed bids for the above-entitled project. Bids shall be on a form supplied by the Public
Facilities Department, shall be clearly identified as a bid, and signed by the bidder. All bids for this project are subject to all sections 29 and 44A-J,
inclusive of Chapter 149 of the General Laws, as amended, and in accordance with the terms and provisions of the contract documents entitled:
Interior Renovations to 152 North Street Project.
Supplier Diversity Office (SDO)Pre-Certification Workshop
The SDO requires all interested businesses to attend this session in order to apply for certification as a Minority, Women, or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.
This session will run for approximately two hours. It will also include information about the regulations, qualifications, process, and other information needed
to begin the certification process. This session will include information from the Supplier Diversity Program (formerly AMP) detailing the process to take advantage
of upcoming opportunities for certified MBE/WBE’s.
June 14, 2011 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Springfield
June 15, 2011 1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Salem
Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) Workshop
Basic SDP Program Overview - Services and Resources for SDO Certified Businesses
This three hour training session is opened to Minority and Women-Owned Businesses, who are interested in learning how to use their SDO certification in the procurement
process, find opportunities for SDP partnerships and market as an SDP participant to state entities. An overview of Comm-PASS is provided including an interactive
session on how to navigate the system, search for open opportunities, and list your business as an interested bidder and other Comm-PASS features. (This workshop will
be cancelled or rescheduled if the minimum number of participants (8) is not met).
Thursday, June 16, 2011 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SDP FY2012 Annual Kickoff and Networking Event
Save the Date!
For the largest Minority and Women Owned Business (M/WBE) Marketing Event of its kind in the Commonwealth. Last year we had over 500 registered attendees. MBE & WBE
Sellers—This is your best opportunity to meet and market your business to the Commonwealth SDP Officers, OSD Procurement Management Team Leaders/Directors, and Prime
Contractors on Statewide Contracts who are looking for partnerships early in the Fiscal Year.
All State Buyers —Your time is important, don’t miss this great networking opportunity to meet State Certified M/WBE Vendors. Special recognition will be given to
Departments and their SDP Officers for outstanding performance.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For complete details about SDP training and registration instructions please go to the
SDP Program and Services page.
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Northeast Regional Office conducts free or low-cost
workshops addressing a wide range of concerns for both start-up and existing businesses. Many of these
programs are cosponsored with local chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, community development
organizations, trade associations, banks and corporate sponsors.
REGISTER Online, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 978-542-6343. Please remember to include your contact information including email and phone.
Enterprise Center at Salem State University 121 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA unless otherwise noted.
Come Right In! Location-Based Marketing to Attract (& Keep) Customers
Tuesday, June 14, 8:30 to 10:30 am FREE
Non-Profit Experts Roundtable: Issues from A to Z
Thursday, June 16, 8:30 to 10:30 am FREE
How to Protect Your Intellectual Property
Tuesday, June 21, 8:30 to 10:30 am $10
Games and Gamification – What it means to your business
Tuesday, June 28, 8:30 to 10:30 am FREE
Supplier Diversity Office
One Ashbrton Place, Room 1313
Boston, MA 02108