Banner Biz QandA

9/8/2010, 6:50 a.m.
Reginald A. Nunnally, Executive Director, Commonwealth Supplier Diversity Office

Q: What is the Small Business Procurement Program (SBPP)?

Gov. Deval Patrick has created the SBPP for Massachusetts for-profit businesses that are independently owned and operated, have been in existence for at least one year, have no more than 50 full time employees, and gross revenues of $15 million or less. SBPP companies receive numerous benefits including targeted contract opportunities with all executive departments requiring procurement of goods and services costing between $5,000 and $150,000.

Q: How long does the certification process take?

The certification process generally should take only 30 days from the time an application is deemed complete. Unfortunately, we have a back-log of more than 200 applications waiting to be assigned and approximately 50 applications currently being investigated. Therefore, our average application is now taking approximately 78 days. This past fiscal year, SDO has processed more than 1,000 applications. We have certified more than 500 eligible firms. In the last six months of the previous fiscal year we have denied 25 applications for certification. Of the 25 denials, 22 have withdrawn their appeals, two have been overturned by an independent appeals board and there is one pending. Other applications have been withdrawn or are being amended.

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