DEVAL L. PATRICK
TIMOTHY P. MURRAY
REGINALD A. NUNNALLY
In this issue:
• Executive Director's Focus
• Client Spotlight
• Partner Spotlight
• Supplier Diversity Office
• DBE Supportive Services
• Disadvantage Buinsess
• BID Opportunities
• Upcoming Events
SDO February 2011 Activity For State and Federal Certification Program
Newly Certified Businesses
Executive Director's Focus
Essential Elements for Business Expansion
Over the years there have been many businesses that wanted to either start their own business, grow their businesses or determine how to gain access to capital for their businesses.
I thought it would be helpful to provide an outline of what I thought would be a good beginning. I think it is important to be able to put your concepts to paper in order to
articulate your idea in a manner that would be understandable to most investors. A good business plan is probably a very good place to start. I have taken the time to outline what
I think are the essential elements of a good business plan and what it should contain.
A. The Introduction
• Give a detail description of the business and its goals
• Discuss ownership of the business and its legal structure
• List the skills and experiences you bring or your team brings to the business
• Discuss the advantages you and your business have over the competition
B. Marketing Strategy
• Discuss the products and services your company will offer
• Identify customer demand for your products and services
• Identify your market, its size and locations
• Explain how your products and services will be advertised and marketed
• Explain your pricing strategy.
C. Financial Management
• Explain the source and the amount of initial capital
• Develop a monthly operating budget for the first year
• Develop an expected return on investment and monthly cash flow for the first year
• Provide projected income statements, and balance sheets for a two year period
• Discuss your breakeven point
• Explain your personal balance sheet and method of compensation
• Discuss who will maintain your accounting records and how they will be kept
• Provide "what if" statements addressing alternative approaches to problems that may develop.
• Explain how the business will be managed on a day to day basis
• Discuss hiring, personnel procedures
• Discuss insurance, lease or rent agreements and issues pertinent to your business
• Account for equipment necessary to produce your product
• Account for production and delivery of products and services
E. Concluding statement:
• Summarize your business goals and objectives and express your commitment to the success of your business.
Once you have completed your business plan, review it with a friend or small business development center
• When you feel comfortable with the content and the structure review it with your lender or investor.
• Remember a business plan is a flexible document that should change as your business changes and or grows.
There are many technical assistance providers that are available in Massachusetts that are there to help move your business through this process.
Looking for small business counseling and training close to home? SBA can help! SBA provides small business counseling and training through a variety of programs
and resource partners across the country. Check out the resources below to determine which resource best suits your needs.
SBA District Offices
SBA operates full service district offices in every state of the country. Counseling, training and business development specialists at your local office are
available to help you start and grow your business. Chances are good that there's a district office located in your area!
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
SBDCS provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by
providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private
sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments and is an integral component of Entrepreneurial Development's network of training
and counseling services.
SCORE, "Counselors to America's Small Business," is a resource partner of the SBA dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success
of small businesses nationwide. There are more than 12,400 SCORE volunteers in 364 chapters operating in over 800 locations who assist small businesses with
business counseling and training. SCORE also operates an active online counseling initiative at www.score.org.
Women's Business Centers (WBCs)
Women's Business Centers represent a national network of nearly 100 educational centers designed to assist women to start and grow small businesses. WBCs operate
with the mission to "even the playing field" for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the world of business.
Triunity Engineering & Management, Inc.
Triunity Engineering & Management, Inc. provides an ever growing range of technical services, to government and industry customers, including Engineering, Project Controls
and Information Technology. By employing superb technical professionals executing industry best practices, Triunity ensures clients' success in meeting schedule, cost and
system performance goals. Working, as partners, with some of the world's leading engineering firms, Triunity designs, integrates, and operates complex public infrastructures
projects. Triunity provides a proven record of project accomplishment-on time and on budget.
Marvin Thomas, President
Triunity Engineering & Management, Inc.
978-505-2030 c 720-367-5234 f
firstname.lastname@example.org www.triunityeng.com Big Company Talent. Small Company Spirit.
• Systems Integration
• Communication Systems
• Control Systems
• Electrical Systems
• Intelligent Transportation
• Project Management
• Program Management
• Construction Management
• Construction Inspection
• Cost estimating/ budgeting and
• Document controls/ change
• Systems Engineering
• Systems Interoperability
• Network Design and Administration
• Security System Design
• Infrastructure Testing
• Enterprise Virtualization
ARRA Technical Assistance Program was developed to
build knowledge and capacity so companies can successfully bid and compete for contracts. Using a one stop model, the program provides education and training for minority
or women owned businesses to enhance growth and development through best practices, partnerships and training opportunities. World-class training, consultation, business
coaching as well as access to capital will be provided for these businesses.
Next Street has extensive experience working with minority- and women-led businesses and are pleased to be working with the Supplier Diversity Office as an ARRA Technical
Assistance Provider. SDO initiated this program specifically to help high-potential certified businesses grow their companies and ultimately secure and service large
contracts. Companies currently participating in the program include Security Construction Services, causemedia, Frontline, Bryant Associates, Banneker Industries, All
Time Service, CQ Personnel, and J & J Contractors. Participants will leave the program with a deeper understanding of the critical aspects of their business necessary for
sustainable, profitable growth and successful fulfillment of larger contracts, as well as guidance on the identification of upcoming procurement opportunities.
Next Street Capacity Building Program
The program kicked off last month with much anticipation and a lively discussion and look into the issues impacting business owners participating in the program. The Next
Street program consists of a four-part CEO-level Capacity Building Workshop Series covering key aspects of running a business, including strategic, financial, and
organizational topics, as well as information and lessons on preparing for and bidding on contracts. Next Street, a merchant bank, founded in 2005 was selected to carry
out this series, because of their commitment to transform how financing and advisory services are provided to high-potential urban small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Next Street serves the whole client, offering a full range of financial products and advisory services. Through four practice areas – Capital, Strategy, Agency, and Talent –
Next Street provides businesses with the customized, flexible financing and services they need to grow and succeed.
Supplier Diversity Office (SDO)
Jason King is a graduate of Howard University School of Law where he received a joint JD/MBA. After graduation, Jason moved to the District of Columbia Superior Court
clerking for the Honorable Robert Tignor and Ellen Arbrecht. At the completion of his clerkship, Jason took on an attorney advisory role to Calendar 18, within the
District’s court system, which deals exclusively with foreclosed properties. Jason next moved back home to Boston where he clerked at Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye.
Jason was born in Mclean, Va, and moved to Boston for high school. Jason attended Rutgers University for college and is married with one child, a French bulldog named Bootz.
Jason King is a welcomed additional to the SDO, UCP certification Team.
Michelle Morin has over seventeen years of experience in the legal support and eDiscovery industry where she has performed as an individual contributor, department manager,
project manager, and consultant. She has enjoyed a broad spectrum of positions and engagements with both local, national and global law firms; a public utility; a municipal
authority; and state and federal agencies. The projects, litigations and matters she has supported involved alien labor certification, insurance defense, tort actions,
construction, the rights of the state in juvenile detention facilities, merchant wholesale power, state and federal regulatory approval for a utility, use of the internet
as an open business forum, shareholder derivative suits, corporate restructuring, hostile taker-overs and data issues for global corporations in the US, UK, and the EU.
Michelle is in her tenth year teaching at Northeastern University in the Professional Paralegal program where she teaches litigation and ethics; additionally she is the
technology coordinator for the online program. She earned her MBA from Suffolk University in 2005. With her vast experience and extensive knowledge, Michelle well be a valued
asset to the SDO, state certification team.
SDO welcomes Mrs. Mary Richmond as the DBE Supportive Services Project Manager. Mrs. Richmond brings over 20 years of Contract Administration and
Construction experience in both the public and private sectors. Previous responsibilities for Mrs. Richmond included management of training programs on two multi-million
dollar public projects and the contractual and financial management of a multi-billion dollar airport renovation program at an open and operating international airport.
In her new role on the DBE SS team, Mrs. Richmond will be responsible for reporting, DBE recruitment, coordination of consultants, fiscal accountability, and ensuring that
quality deliverables and follow-up are achieved for SDO's portfolio of clients.
Margaux Whitney is a recent Boston College graduate with a degree in Music and English. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she has settled in New England, having lived in both
New Hampshire and Boston. As she aspires to develop a small hand made jewelry business herself, working with the Supplier Diversity Office is the perfect opportunity for her to
learn about the process of cultivating a business and assist others in their endeavors. Margaux is an active violist and violinist, and both performs and records in the Boston
area. She recently performed with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and at colleges in Boston and New York. She's a proficient Spanish speaker who loves to dance, blog, and dabble
in cooking. We welcome Margaux to the DBE-SS program.
Legal Internship Program
The Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) an agency within the Massachusetts Office of Administration and Finance currently has several unpaid, part-time or clinical
internships for an energetic, motivated, and highly organized second or third-year law school students interested in administrative or corporate law. SDO offers services in
certification and business assistance and advocacy to minority (MBE), women (WBE) and disadvantaged (DBE) business enterprises. The SDO also services minority-controlled
(M/NPO) and women-controlled (W/NPO) non-profit organizations. Interns work under the supervision of the Tom Hall, Esq. (New England| Law 1996) and Executive Director
Reginald Nunnally, to assist SDO’s Certification Unit and our Board of Appeals. The following Interns are considered highly energetic, highly motivated and very well
organized. We are pleased to welcome the participants for our 2011 Winter Internship Program.
The Supplier Diversity Office welcomes Ms. Rachael Fromme as a legal intern for the Spring 2011 semester. Ms. Fromme is a current second year student at Suffolk University Law School where she is an active member of the Trial Team and a mentor for first year students with the Student Bar Association. Ideally, she would like to be a litigation attorney when she graduates from school. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology and a minor in Public Policy from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Fromme was a lifetime resident of Cleveland, Ohio before deciding to move to Boston, Massachusetts to attend law school. She enjoys the city and is excited to work at the Supplier Diversity Office. In her spare time, Ms. Fromme likes trying out new restaurants and reading short stories.
Nazli Saka was born in Istanbul, Turkey. After finishing high school, her adventurous personality led her on a journey to the United States, where she finished Yale University
with a double major in Biology and German in 2005. She obtained a master's in educational policy and child development at Harvard University in 2007.Before coming to law school,
she was a project associate at Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University where she compiled a comprehensive database of early childhood interventions in health and
education. Presently, she is in her third year at Suffolk University Law School where she is concentrating on intellectual property law. She has also participated in the Saul
Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition during her second and third years of law school. She has been assisting Professor McJohn in summarizing case law and writing memoranda
about intellectual property law for three semesters. Her other diverse legal experiences include hands-on civil litigation experience in various law firms as well as conducting
due diligence for minority and women owned business enterprises at the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office. Lastly, she has been working with the law firm Nutter McClennen
and Fish, LLP in researching and summarizing state laws on transportation, health and elderly services in order to help Independent Transportation Network of America, a non-profit
organization dedicated to providing free transportation services to senior citizens. She will be graduating in May 2011 and plans to sit for the Massachusetts Bar at the end of
Marc Veneziano is a second year law student at New England Law Boston (NELB). Originally from Scituate Ma, Marc spent his undergraduate days at Arizona State University
where he majored in economics and minored in Theatre. Marc was attracted to the Supplier Diversity Office because of his passion for entrepreneurial pursuits and avid love
of small business ventures. In addition to law Marc is also a licensed real estate agent who enjoys playing hockey and is an Student Bar Association Representative at NELB.
DBE Supportive Services Program
The DBE SS Program is an initiative funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and administered through the Massachusetts Department of
Transportation (MassDOT). The DBE SS Program is administered by SDO and includes the DBE SS Advisory Board, the Opportunity Database, Get Connected events, Matching Making
events, and the "Doing Business with MassDOT" brochure. The program also includes a business development tract which features classroom-style curriculum geared towards the
individual business as well as specialized development. SDO has recruited 15 ready, willing, and able DBEs to participate in the 2011 DBE SS Business Development Tract Program.
If you are a RWA DBE and are interested in the business tract portion of the program, please contact Brian Ross at 617-973-8574 or Mary Richmond at 617-973-8696.
DBE Supportive Services Program Update
Reggie: What was the start date for this year's version of the program?
Brian: The program started in July 2010.
An assessment of need was conducted while interviewing and surveying current ready, willing, and able (RWA) DBEs. Business characteristics such as revenue, company size, ownership
structure, years in business, and trades were analyzed and the newly formed DBE/SS Advisory Board convened to articulate barriers that RWA DBEs are currently facing. The assessment
identified business deficiencies that have the potential of affecting the DBEs' ability to sustain and conduct business, and increase their capacity to attract more business.
Some of the needs identified include: accessing bonding, increasing the availability of credit, the DBE's ability to cultivate and grow sustained business relationships with potential
clients or resource partners, and assistance with bidding and estimating. The majority of certified DBEs that are RWA firms compete at a disadvantage with limited growth opportunities.
For those firms that do show signs of growth, these hurdles and deficiencies impede meaningful business development and achievement of contracting opportunities.
Reggie: What barriers were identified as a result of the needs assessment?
Brian: The key barriers identified were:
• Difficulty establishing new business relationships to enable growth.
• Limited access to Credit/Working Capital
• Financial and other issues related to Bonding
• Regional Contracting
• Prompt Payment
And the Top Three Barriers Identified in Survey:
1. Properly addressing HR needs
2. Ability to effectively manage employee performance
3. How to make an efficient case for additional funding to foster growth opportunities
Reggie: What has been done with this information?
Brian: Information pertaining to surmounting barriers to DBEs meaningful participation in federal highway
construction opportunities has been used to develop a
curriculum of business development courses that will
enable DBEs to improve their proficiency in core business areas. Business forums were designed with these
needs in mind to provide companies with a network of subject matter experts for example legal services,
doing business with MassDOT, accounting, and human resources.
Reggie: What program components were developed to address these barriers?
Brian: A number of new program components have been developed and are being implemented to address the
barriers to DBE participation, including:
• Establishing an Advisory Board consisting of stakeholders within the highway
construction field. The Board
includes representation from among prime contractors, graduated DBE firms,
economic justice groups and
community organizations. Each member contributes valuable perspectives with
regard to the participation
of DBEs in federally funded highway projects.
• SDO scheduled seven GetConnected Business forums to provide DBEs greater visibility
and an opportunity
for DBEs to network with each other. The topics include Access to MassDOT
Sales and Marketing, Legal Services, Human Resources, Accessing Credit, Financial
Leadership and Strategy.
• Matchmaking events for Primes and Subs.
• A MassDOT workplan was developed to address prompt payment issue.
Reggie: How successful were these program components in eliminating/reducing those barriers?
Brian: The relationship between prime contractors and participating DBEs is improving. Reports indicate that DBE
subcontractors are calling on a more regular
basis requesting available work opportunities.
DBE Supportive Services Program Get Connected Events
How is your elevator pitch? Do you know what one is and do you have one rehearsed for your business? Do you know how to focus your sales and marketing efforts on your target
market and who your target market is? "Get Connected: Access to Sales and Marketing" will be held on Monday, March 14th, 2011.
Learn from subject matter experts how to aim your sales and marketing endeavors. Understand how to use your certification as an effective marketing tool. Create successful
marketing materials to efficiently redirect your marketing plans to create new business relationships and opportunities.
Access to Sales and Marketing March 14, 2011, 10:00 A.M.
Access to Bonding
April 4, 2011, 10:00 A.M.
Access to Leadership and Strategy May 10, 2011, 9:30 A.M.
Click Here to Register
The Great Marketing Opportunities within Comm-Pass
My company, NSK Inc is an IT Consulting and Outsourcing Firm. We became SOMWBA (now better knows as Supplier Diversity Office - SDO) certified as a
WBE (Women-Owned Business Enterprise) in March of 2010. I attended many classes provided by the Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) before and after our
certification, including the "Introduction & Overview of Benefits, Services & Resources for M/WBE", and (on multiple occasions) "How to Navigate Comm-Pass".
Each time I attended a Comm-Pass class, I came away with great ideas on how to use Comm-Pass to garner exposure for NSK Inc., especially with the SDP plan
requirement, and the ancillary side of those requirements. I learned that I could reach out to people that were applying for ANY kind of contract with the
state, whether it was for IT services or Rock Salt. If there was SDP plan I could partner with these companies and assist in getting a state contract and
more projects for NSK Inc.
I started an intense research process on Comm-Pass. I clicked on all the tabs, I figured out where all the information was, and I played with the site until
I knew how it worked. I learned that I could go to the search criteria on Comm-Pass, for Solicitations and search by "contains SDP" and the Document Status
as being "Open", and every time I did this I would get over 100 Solicitations that the State had open that were required to use a SDO (fka SOMWBA) Certified
company as part of the contract. Then I would go into each solicitation and see who was interested in the bid. I created two lists of companies/people in
Excel, one that was just IT Related Solicitations and one that was everything else. (Comm-Pass has all the information you need to get in touch with them,
including email addresses.) Then I created two emails, based on the type of solicitation it was.
In both emails I introduced myself as a SOMWBA Certified WBE Company. If they were part of an IT related solicitation, I would explain what NSK did that could
help them on the contract and let them know that I was interested in partnering with them as an ancillary or sub-contractor. If it was a non related IT
solicitation, I would request a partnership as an ancillary and explained how NSK could help with their IT needs. On both I added that I would love to meet
and discuss further.
I sent out about 200 emails total between the two groups, and guess what… People started getting in touch with me, right away! Within a week of my first
email, we had an ancillary partnership with a company that was applying for a State Contract, which they subsequently won! We then partnered with eight other
companies as sub-contractors on two different solicitations. I also met a lot of really great people that are also SDO Certified and looking to meet and
network with other SDO Certified companies to do business with the state. This all happened within two months of sending out the first email.
The opportunities with Comm-Pass are endless. As an ancillary on a contract, you are solely required to just do business with the company that is applying
for the contract. That means you don't have to know what is required in the contract, and don't have to write a proposal. Think about what it is you are
selling, and why everyone needs it. Then do some research like I did and see what happens.
Cathie Briggette is the Marketing Director for NSK Inc.
NSK Inc is an information technology consulting and outsourcing firm, specializing in small and medium businesses. Headquartered in Boston, MA, NSK offers
an array of IT services including managed monitoring and maintenance, Cloud Computing technologies, and security audits and assessments.
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)
We strongly encourage you to go to www.comm-pass.com to learn about other bid opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.
Invitation for Bids - BHA Job #0123-02
The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) invites sealed bids from general contractors for Boiler & Water Heater Replacement at Orient Heights Development in East Boston, MA, in accordance with the documents prepared by C.A. Crowley Engineering, Inc. The Project consists of selective replacement of high efficiency boilers and domestic hot water tanks and other associated work. The work is estimated to cost $94,000.00. General bidders must be certified by the Division of Capital Asset Management in the following category of work: HVAC. Bids are subject to M.G.L. c.149 §44A-J and to minimum wage rates as required by M.G.L. c.149 §§26 to 27H inclusive.
General Bids will be received until 11:00 AM 3/18/11 and publicly opened, forthwith. All bids will be received and opened at the BHA, 52 Chauncy Street - 6th Fl., Boston, MA 02111. Mailed bids should be sent to this address and received no later than the date and time specified above.
General bids shall be accompanied by a bid deposit that is not Iess than five (5%) of the greatest possible bid amount (considering all alternates), and made payable to the Boston Housing Authority. Bid Forms and Contract Documents will be available for pick-up at the above address after 10:00 a.m., on 3/2/11 upon deposit of a check or money order (no cash) in the amount of $50.00 per set, payable to the Boston Housing Authority. This deposit will be refunded for one set upon return of the set in good condition within thirty days of receipt of general bids. Otherwise the deposit shall be the property of the Awarding Authority. Additional sets maybe purchased for $50.00. Bidders requesting Contract Documents to be mailed to them shall include a separate check for $ 15.00 per set, payable to the BHA, to cover mail-handling costs.
General bidders must agree to contract with minority and women-owned businesses as certified by the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA). The amount of participation which shall be reserved for such enterprises shall not be less than seventeen (17 %) percent of the final contract price, including accepted alternates, of which at least twelve (12 %) percent shall be for minority business enterprises and five (5 %) percent shall be reserved for women-owned business enterprises.
There will be a site inspection at 10:00 AM 3/8/11 at Orient Heights Development, Building 11, 220 Waldemar Avenue, East Boston, MA.
BOSTON HOUSING AUTHORITY
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.
March 10, 2011 3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Waltham
March 24, 2011 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Fitchburg
March 30, 2011 11:00 a.m. – 1:0 p.m. Springfield
April 28, 2011 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lawrence
May 12, 2011 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Framingham
June 9, 2011 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lynn
Free Legal workshop (2 hours) for small businesses, this is part of SDO's business development and technical assistance resources. All companies may sign-up for the legal
workshop. (This is not a pre-certification session.)
March 10, 2011 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Boston
April 8, 2011 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lynn
May 11, 2011 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lawrence
June 8, 2011 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Framingham
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).
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
How to Submit an Effective SDP Plan Training
The SDP Plan form is a requirement for all large procurements and Statewide Contracts. SDP is offering this workshop to both Certified and Non-certified Bidders who
are interested in learning how to submit effective SDP Plans. The training is designed to provide all Bidders with the necessary information, resources, tools and
skills to complete an SDP Plan for all types of solicitations. (This workshop will be cancelled or rescheduled if the minimum number of participants (8) is not met).
Tuesday, March 31, 2011 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
SDP Intermediate Vendor Training
This seminar will focus on procurement/bidding processes and the tools you need to do business with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All certified businesses in all
business fields are welcome to join us. Five contracting areas will be covered: Commodities, Services, Construction, Design, and Health & Human Services. This training i
s only offered twice a year. There is a $25.00 per person offset fee to attend, checks should be made payable to STAR/SDP and be sent to OSD/SDP, 1 Ashburton Place, room 1017,
Boston, MA 02108, att: Donna Fleser . Space is limited, so register early.
Tuesday, April 26, 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, email@example.com or phone 978-542-6343. Please remember to include your contact information including email and phone.
Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth Workshop
A One Day Event! Three Training Opportunities!
Have you ever wondered how to get your business involved with government contracting opportunities? This free one day training program is brought to you by the
Operational Services Division (OSD), Supplier Diversity Program (SDP), the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP), and Supplier Diversity Office (SDO). At this
workshop you will learn about the Commonwealth’s procurement process, where to find federal stimulus spending, Comm-PASS (the Commonwealth’s e-Procurement System),
marketing information to government entities, and much, much more! Visit www.mass.gov/osd for more information.
March 24th 9:30AM to 3:00PM Boston Register
MassHousing Compliance and Diversity Department
Small Business Capacity Building Workshop Schedule Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m
Marketing Specifically to Business Opportunities at Mass-Housing
Financed Developments Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Insurance and Bonding Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Access to Credit and Capital Monday, March 21, 2011
Pre-Trade Fair Vendor Workshop 2 p.m. – 5 p.m Thursday, April 7, 2011
Lombardo’s, 6 Billings Street, Randolph, MA 02368
RSVP for the Business Opportunities Workshop, to James Fortune at 617-854-1831, or by email at Jfortune@MassHousing.com and
More Info Click here.
The 21st Annual Greater Boston
Minority and women Business enterprise Trade Fair
Creating Opportunities for New Business
Exhibit Space is limited and must be reserved prior to Friday, March 18, 2011.
Space will be assigned and confirmed via email by Friday, March 25, 2011.
Thursday, April 28th, 2011, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Lombardo's, 6 Billing's Street
Randolph, MA 02368
Register Online for the Trade Fair
If you have any questions, call the Compliance and Diversity Information line at 617-854-1825.
Massachusetts Minority Contractors Association
New England XPO for business
The Supplier Diversity Office is community
partner for the New England XPO for business;
join us on May 25th at the Hynes Auditorium
for marketing, networking, educational and
gov’t procurement sessions. If you’d like a
booth, a 10 % booth discount for SDO
businesses is available, use code Exhibitor 11.
We look forward to seeing you at the XPO.
Supplier Diversity Office
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3740
Boston, MA 02116