We will host a virtual training seminar in October on how to do business with New York State. Part of our “CEDA 101” educational series, this training will consist of two sessions:
Session 1 – Tuesday, October 6, 9-10am
Session 2 – Thursday, October 8, 10-11:30am
Registrants need only to register for Session 1 (link below) and will be automatically registered for Session 2.
New York State and local municipalities, agencies, and jurisdictions hold substantial buying power. As such, CEDA wants to ensure that our local Cayuga County businesses understand how to access those procurement opportunities and be successful in fulfilling them. This two-part virtual seminar will guide you through a series of topics to understand the State’s contracting system, identify bid opportunities, learn tips for successful bidding, and discover resources for technical assistance. The training will also speak to challenges and potential pitfalls to watch out for so that your business is prepared for this process.
This training will be provided by James Jasiewicz and Don Greene of the NYS Office of General Services. Information and links regarding NYS procurement can also be found at https://ogs.ny.gov/procurement.
Training access information and reference documents will be provided upon registration. The sessions will also be recorded in the event that you are only able to attend one of the two sessions.
About the presenters:
Don is the former Director of the Procurement Services division of the New York State (NYS) Office of General Services and retired in 2015. He is currently back working with Procurement Services on special projects and outreach activities in the role of a Contract Management Specialist with their Administration Team.
Don holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Albany and has over 39 years of experience in NYS government. He began his purchasing career in 1987 as a Purchasing Officer Trainee, and subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility in all areas of governmental centralized procurement. He holds dual Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) certifications from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) and is currently serving a second term on its Board of Examiners team. He is also an Honorary Member of the National Association of State Purchasing Officials (NASPO) where he has served on numerous workgroups and conference committees.
Don continues to assist contractors and contract users across New York State through his training and outreach responsibilities with Procurement Services. Don is currently also assigned to the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Purchasing and Surge Staff team at the DHSES central office, where he is working on pandemic-related procurement activity.
James joined the Procurement Services division of the New York State (NYS) Office of General Services in 2002 as a Purchasing Officer and has had a broad range of experience within the department, working on the Commodities, Services, and Technology teams. He also helped create the division’s Quality Assurance team, which involved the development of processes and tools used for quality assessment and improvement. He currently serves as a Contract Management Specialist with the Procurement Services Administration Team, and assists both contractors and contract users throughout New York State through outreach activities and trainings.
James began his career in state government in 1984, working as a clerk in the Research and Statistics division of the NYS Department of Tax and Finance. He then gained experience in human resources at the NYS Department of Social Services. In 1987, he transferred to the NYS Department of Labor, gaining supervisory experience in business administration with their Purchasing and Contracts team. In 2000, he took on the role of a Purchasing Agent at the NYS Office For Technology (now known as NYS Office of Information Technology Services, or ITS), where he helped staff and build the Finance office.
James went to the State University of New York at Albany and has an Associate’s Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University School of Business. He has also earned certifications from the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council as both a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and a Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO). Additionally, James is a NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Purchasing and Surge Staff team member at the NYS Emergency Operations Center (EOC). He works part time for the NYS Thruway Authority and has management or ownership experience in properties, residential construction, landscaping, collectibles, retail, and food services.