What you need to know
- Casino developers are required by statute to submit strategic plans for utilizing minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned businesses
- Each casino awarded a gaming license has made agreements to promote local businesses in host and surrounding communities
- MGC works with a Vendor Advisory Group to find ways to connect small business owners with casino developers
- MGC has provided grant funding to organizations for programming that increases vendor and supplier connections, accessibility and awareness of casino business opportunities
- Vendors must be licensed or registered by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission prior to doing business with a casino
Being committed to creating opportunities for strong, local, and diverse vendor partnerships with casinos was what the Legislature had in mind when it passed the Expanded Gaming Act. Casino developers are required by statute to submit strategic plans for utilizing minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned businesses to participate as contractors in all stages of building their gaming establishments – that’s planning, construction, and operation. Additionally, each casino awarded a gaming license has made agreements to promote local businesses in host and surrounding communities, including developing cross-marketing strategies with local restaurants, small businesses, hotels, retail outlets and impacted live entertainment venues (M.G.L. c. 23K, § 18(2)).
This plan was approved by the Commission on April 26, 2018 in Springfield. As referenced by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s Agreement to Award a Category 1 License to Blue Tarp reDevelopment, LLC, MGM Springfield is required as per condition 17 to submit a plan to identify local vendors.
Condition 17: In conjunction with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Vendor Advisory Team and any local grant awardee, create a plan within ninety (90) days of the of the Commission’s request after the Effective Date for the Commission’s review and approval to assess Designated Licensee requirements and to identify potential local vendors.
MGM Springfield plans to exercise best efforts to spend at least Fifty Million Dollars ($50,000,000) of its annual biddable goods and services for procurement in Springfield and the immediately surrounding Greater Springfield Area.
Vendor Advisory Group
Acknowledging casino gaming is a new industry to the Commonwealth, the commission launched the Vendor Advisory Group which focuses on finding ways to support the preparation of small business owners across the state to become capable and qualified suppliers and vendors to the casino industry in Massachusetts. The Vendor Advisory Group brings together 10 state agencies and more than a dozen economic development organizations to coordinate support, communicate opportunities, and provide technical assistance and financing to small businesses, as well as to provide information to casino licensees throughout the commonwealth.
Vendor Licensing and Registration
To conduct business with a gaming establishment, vendors must be licensed or registered by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Businesses apply for a vendor gaming primary license or non-gaming vendor registration depending on the type of service(s) provided to a casino.
Click here to learn more about the vendor licensing and registration process.
About the Casino Procurement Process
The following presentation, produced by the Center for Women & Enterprise, outlines the process for casino procurement and the licensing/registration process.