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Massachusetts Resident Bidder Preference

Revised March 2, 2015

Massachusetts General Laws, Part I, Title II, Chapter 7, §22 - Preference is given in tie bids for supplies and materials manufactured and sold within Massachusetts. An additional preference may be applied for supplies and materials manufactured and sold in cities and towns of Massachusetts that are designated as depressed areas.

Massachusetts General Laws, Part I, Title II, Chapter 7 §23B – In the purchase of agricultural products including, but not limited to, fruits, vegetables, eggs, dairy products, meats, crops, horticultural products, or products processed into value added products as part of a Massachusetts farm operation, preference is given to the purchase of products grown in Massachusetts or products produced using products grown in Massachusetts as well as fish, seafood, and other aquatic products. Unless the price exceeds by more than 10% the price of products of agriculture grown or produced using products grown outside Massachusetts, state purchasing agents must purchase the products of agriculture grown or produced using products grown in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Executive Order No. 523, (June 29, 2010). Executive Order No. 523 establishes the Small Business Purchasing Program that is administered by the Massachusetts Operational Services Division. Contracts from $10,000 to $150,000, unless otherwise excepted, must be awarded to registered small business bidders participating in Massachusetts Small Business Purchasing Program if best value criteria is met to be eligible, a business entity must be one that has its principal place of business in Massachusetts, has been in business for at least one year, employs a combined total of 50 or fewer full time equivalents in all locations, and has gross revenues of $15 million or less based on a three-year average.