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Procurement Sites

  • COMMBUYS is the only official procurement record system for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Departments. COMMBUYS offers free internet-based access to all public procurement information posted here in order to promote transparency, increase competition, and achieve best value for Massachusetts taxpayers.

  • is the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) working to modernize the application process for federal contracting programs. Experience a unified SBA contracting program certification process and complete SBA forms directly online.

  • U.S. Department of Defense's website explains everything you want to know about doing business with the military.

  • System for Award Management (SAM) is the official U.S. Government system that combined federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. The benefits include streamlined and integrated processes, elimination of data redundancies, and reduced costs while providing improved capability. There is no fee to register for this site.

  • Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) has the responsibility to certify businesses. SDO certification is a marketing tool used to enhance a firm’s ability to do business in public markets. Although certification does not guarantee that a business will be successful every time it bids, it may add a competitive edge to a bid. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts spends more than $4 billion each year doing business with firms. More than $240 million of this amount is targeted to SDO certified minority and women businesses. Becoming SDO-certified can help firms seeking contracts with the government. 

  • is the U.S. Air Force Office of Small Business Programs new web-based initiative that aims to improve connectivity between the small business community and the Air Force. Links include locating an Air Force small business specialist, calendar of events, and much more!


Government Sites

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration maintains and strengthens the nation's economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.

IRSIRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center contains a wealth of information for small businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs. The Tax Center makes navigating through the IRS website less burdensome. The Tax Center has links to useful tools the IRS offers, including the Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop, a downloadable tax calendar, common forms and their instructions and help on everything from how to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) online to how to engage with the IRS in the event of an audit. is the U.S. government's official web portal. makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web and serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government. Visite USAGov en español para obtener información oficial en español.

  • Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a not-for-profit educational organization providing comprehensive business assistance, networking opportunities and resources to women starting and/or growing their businesses.

  • Commonwealth Corporation is a quasi-public organization responsible for administering and delivering a wide range of public and privately-funded initiatives designed to meet the labor needs of businesses; improve current and emerging workers’ skills; foster career success through lifelong learning; and retain, sustain, improve and create job-generating businesses.

  • EDGAR—the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system—performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Environmental Protection Agency's Small Business Gateway allows access to U.S. EPA information from one convenient site.

  • Federal Marketplace assists businesses in selling products and services to the federal government. Up to date Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and the Internet's only Active Federal Contracts database.

  • Internal Revenue Service has business tax information, publications and forms.

  • Library of Congress has a wealth of information available and brings a universal collection of knowledge and creativity.

  • Mass.Gov is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' official website. Visit Mass.Gov to: start a business; locate a specific state agency; find out where to file your taxes online; find out who your elected officials are; and much, much more!

  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for protecting human health and the environment by ensuring clean air and water, the safe management and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

  • Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards consists of the Division of Occupational Safety and the Division of Apprentice Training. The mission of this agency is is to promote and protect workers' safety and health, wages and working conditions, and to support employers and workers in the utilization of apprenticeship as a workforce development tool.

  • Massachusetts Department of Revenue website provides individuals, businesses, parents, practitioners, and local officials with an array of information and online applications to address all their business needs with the Department.

  • Massachusetts Division of Insurance monitors the solvency of its licensees in order to promote a healthy, responsive and willing marketplace for consumers who purchase insurance products. Protection of consumer interests is of prime importance to the Division and is safeguarded by providing accurate and unbiased information so consumers may make informed decisions and by intervening on behalf of consumers who believe they have been victimized by unfair business practices.

  • Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety (see Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards)

  • Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure is responsible for licensing and regulating the activities of individuals, corporations and partnerships.

  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development is committed to working on behalf of job seekers, apprentices, union members, claimants, employers, attorneys and researchers. EOLWD provides a wide variety of programs and services to serve constituents across the Commonwealth. 

  • Massachusetts Export CenterMassachusetts Export Center offers a full range of targeted, customized services to Massachusetts businesses at any stage in the export process. Whether you are a small business just thinking about exporting or an experienced exporter, the Massachusetts Export Center stands ready to help with services suited to your needs! Business advisory services are free and confidential. Part of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network.

  • Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) helps companies plan and implement a strategy for increased competitiveness, whether by adopting new production technologies and management techniques, finding new markets or training the company's workforce.

  • Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) creates a simple, streamlined approach to economic development assistance with one-stop business centers located throughout the state.

  • Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) promotes trade and attracts foreign investment in Massachusetts. These mandates are achieved primarily through various export promotion programs and strategic services.

  • Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism provides a wealth of information on things to see and do while in Massachusetts.

  • Massachusetts Port Authority develops, promotes and manages airports, the seaport and transportation infrastructure to enable Massachusetts and New England to compete successfully.

  • Massachusetts Secretary of State is the principal public information officer for the Massachusetts state government. The Corporations Division is the repository for certain records of over four hundred thousand business and nonprofit corporations organized or registered to do business in the Commonwealth.

  • MSBDC NetworkMassachusetts Small Business Development Center Network provides free, confidential, one-to-one management and technical assistance and low-cost educational training programs to prospective and existing small businesses throughout the Commonwealth. The MSBDC regional and specialty center network is designed to effectively service small businesses throughout Massachusetts. There is an MSBDC regional, specialty or satellite office within 30 minutes of any potential client in the state. The MSBDC provides specialized services in the areas of international trade and procurement technical assistance which further augment services.

  • Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) is an economic development organization established by the state to foster sustainable economic growth by promoting a better understanding of the forces that shape the state’s economy, and by enabling greater collaboration among the diverse enterprises involved in the Innovation Economy.

  • MassDevelopment helps build the communities of the Commonwealth by stimulating economic development.

  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) includes standards, interpretations and field inspection reference manual.

  • Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is dedicated to aiming in the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide.

  • U.S. Census Bureau is the preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant and quality data about the people and economy of the U.S.

  • U.S. Department of Labor has information, links, laws, statistics and other useful information including: information on helping employers and employees comply with laws and regulations; interactive tools that provide information about federal employment laws; and an online employment law guide.

  • U.S. Small Business Administration stimulates and fosters economic development through small business by helping new businesses get started and established businesses grow. Success in the world of government contracting depends on understanding the rules. Learn about the rules and regulations that govern federal procurement opportunities.