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 $50,000,000 of its annual biddable goods and services for procurement in Springfield and the immediately surrounding Greater Springfield Area.
Encore Boston Harbor
As referenced by Massachusetts Gaming Commission Agreement to Award the Category 1 License In Region A to Wynn MA, LLC, Encore Boston Harbor is required to submit for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) review and approval plan(s) listed below within ninety (90) days of a request from the Commission. MGC staff submitted a request to Encore Boston Harbor on June 22, 2018 and subsequently received (now titled, EBH Supplier Diversity and Local Commitments Plan) Encore Boston Harbor’s Affirmative Action Program for Equal Opportunity – Goods & Services and plan for local vendors on September 21, 2018. The Plan was first presented to the Commission on October 4th and posted for public comment until 3:00 pm on Friday, October 19, 2019. The plan was for approved by the Commission on Thursday, October 26, 2018.
An Affirmative Action Program for Equal Opportunity –Goods and Services for minority, women and veteran business enterprises identified in G.L. c.23K §21 (a)(21)(iii) for provision of goods and services procured by the Gaming Establishment. As per License Condition 11, the plan shall include a robust public events and outreach component to those businesses identified above.
In accordance with c. 23K §21, the Affirmative Marketing Program shall identify specific goals expressed as an overall program, goals applicable to the total dollar amount, or the value of contracts entered into for the utilization of: (i) minority business enterprises, (ii) women business enterprises and (iii) veteran business enterprises. The Affirmative Marketing Program shall enable minority, woman and veteran business enterprises to participate as vendors in the provision of goods and services procured by the gaming establishment and any businesses operated as part of the gaming establishment. Pursuant to License Condition 16, Encore Boston Harbor shall submit a Plan to Identify Local Vendors in conjunction with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Vendor Advisory Team and any local grant awardee.
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.
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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.