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PRESS RELEASE- Downing Promotes Procurement Training: Franklin County Businesses to Benefit
April 01, 2007

Boston- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) announces today that the Operational Services Division (OSD), the Commonwealth’s central procurement office, will be offering free training in Franklin County for businesses interested in learning more about the state’s public procurement process. 


This new training, “Pathways to Procurement”, will be held on Thursday, June 7th 10am2pm at the Franklin Sheriffs Department, 160 Elm Street, Greenfield, MA.  Topics include an overview of the procurement process, understanding contract forms, the Affirmative Marketing Program for minority and women owned business enterprises, Comm-PASS, the Commonwealth’s e-procurement system and marketing strategies.


This training session is one of many that will be offered to the business community at various locations throughout the Commonwealth and is one of several business friendly initiatives announced by Governor Patrick designed to increase the number of potential state contractors, both large and small.  The June 7th training can accommodate up to 50 attendees and there is room available for companies to register.  Companies can register on-line for the event by sending an email with the company name, attendee name, emails address and telephone number to  All questions regarding the training can be addressed by OSD’s Director of Training and Outreach, Barbara Miller, at (617) 720-3148.



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