Boston Public Library
Kirstein Business Library

Second Floor, McKim Building, Central Library, 617-859-2142

Business Contracts (Government Purchasing)

Supplier Diversity Program
http://www.mass.gov/amp
The Supplier Diversity Program (SDP), formerly know as the Affirmative Market Program (AMP), was established in 2010 to promote supplier diversity in public contracting. The program instituted policies to encourage the award of state contracts in a manner that develops and strengthens certified Minority and Women Business Enterprises (M/WBEs).  For more information, see the website above or contact the SDP Help Desk between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Call 617-720-3359 or email sdp@osd.state.ma.us.

Comm-PASS
http://www.comm-pass.com/
Comm-PASS promotes fair and open competition by providing a single point of contact for procurement in Massachusetts. Buyers can post opportunities and vendors can currently search over 2500 contracts for free.

Federal Business Opportunities
http://www.fbo.gov
This site, know as FedBizOpps, is the “U.S. Government’s one-stop virtual marketplace. Through this single point-of-entry, commercial vendors and government buyers are invited to post, search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.

FedSpending.org
http://www.fedspending.org
A database of federal contracts and grants. These are searchable by state or congressional district, contracting agent, product or service, or by contractor name. Data includes granting/contracting agency, name of grantee/contractor, date, amount & purpose of grant/contract and other information.

Massachusetts Central Register and Goods and Services Bulletin
http://archives.lib.state.ma.us/handle/2452/35811
Weekly publications listing state, county and municipal contracts being put out to bid.

Minority Business Development Agency
http://www.mbda.gov
Register your minority company with the Phoenix-Opportunity database to find a contracting opportunity. The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center
http://www.msbdc.org/ptac/
Each year the federal government purchases more than $200 billon worth of goods and services. State and municipal governments spend an additional $20+ billion. The Procurement Technical Assistance Center can guide you through the government procurement process and provide you with information on how to become more competitive in the government marketplace.