THE DEPEÑA’S ADMINISTRATION IS PROVIDING PATHS FOR
SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE LAWRENCE COMMUNITY
Mayor DePeña and the Office of Economic and Business Development are having a series of workshops geared toward helping Small Businesses grow. First, in the series, we brought both the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCMM) and Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) so that our residents and nearby communities can learn the process of getting a state certification to allow your business to bid on contracts and work with the state and municipal governments, the world’s largest consumer of products and services.
Supporting small businesses’ involvement in government contracting promotes job creation and diversity (Minority and Women-owned businesses), Identifies and removes barriers for diverse and small businesses, and increases varied and small business spending.
The Office of Economic and Business Development in collaboration with Mayor DePeña’s Office, offered two breakout rooms to help participants learn more about the process from both DCMM and the Supplier Diversity Office (SDQ).
In room one The Supplier Diversity Office aims to increase opportunities for certified businesses and Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP) participants through annual state agency spending benchmarks and include bid evaluation criteria within the state goods and services bid process. The SDO also provides public access to the certified business lists on the SDO web pages and distributes business opportunity events and notices to SDO participants.
Explained how companies could connect with business opportunities and resources that would enhance their marketability when bidding on public contracts and collaborating with Executive Agencies and public organizations to Small business contractors support local communities and help ensure the country’s national security industrial base is vibrant and robust.
In room two The Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCMM) explained the Contractor certification process is required when an awarding authority (any Massachusetts public agency) solicits bids for a vertical construction project under M.G.L. Chapter 149 or Chapter 149A with an estimated construction cost of at least $150,000. The project must be for the construction, reconstruction, demolition, maintenance, or repair of a vertical building.