The State of Maryland is dedicated to facilitating an open and transparent procurement process. To ensure all businesses have the opportunity to participate in the contracting process, the Maryland Procurement Academy (MDPA) and Office of State Procurement (OSP) offer a variety of online resources to help vendors effectively use Maryland’s online procurement platform, the eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA).
Below are various eMMA training resources, including upcoming virtual instructor-led training sessions, the latest edition of the eMMA Vendor User Guide, access to the MDPA’s Vendor Web Channel, links to the eMMA Video Help Desk, Quick Reference Guides (QRGs) and more.
Introduction to eMMA for Vendors | Register for this course here!
Tuesday January 10, 2023 | 10am – 10:55am
This training session is for vendors who are currently conducting business with the State, and/or for those vendors who are interested in conducting business with the State. This session will introduce features of the eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA) and provide information to connect the business community to greater economic opportunities in both the public and private sectors.
Responding to Solicitations on eMMA | Register for this course here!
Tuesday January 17, 2023 | 10am – 10:45am
This training session for vendors provides a basic understanding of viewing and responding to solicitations using the eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA), particularly Invitation For Bid (IFB) responses and the necessary steps for responding to an amended solicitation.
Increasing Your Visibility on eMMA | Register for this course here!
Tuesday January 24, 2023 | 10am – 10:55am
This training session for vendors builds off the Introduction to eMMA session and explores best practices for refining vendor profiles by way of detailing product and service commodity codes, as well as updating team and contact roles, accessing the bid holder’s list, browsing public contracts, and searching for fellow vendors.
The MDPA is excited to provide the latest edition of the eMMA Vendor User Guide. The eMMA Vendor User Guide covers a wide range of topics and provides a breakdown of various steps, tasks, and processes within eMMA. We encourage you to download your copy for easy reference.
The MDPA offers eMMA training for the vendor community through live instructor-led sessions and webinars, as well as through On-Demand video content by way of the MDPA web channel. In addition to fresh uploads of the most recent training sessions, the web channel is frequently updated with other resourceful videos and Flash Sessions on hot topics and trends to help users best utilize eMMA’s full scope of features, tools, and functionality.
Quick Reference Guides (QRGs) provide step-by-step instructions for completing processes in eMMA. From the early steps of registering as a vendor and initial account setup, to viewing public contracts and responding to solicitations, QRGs are a great tool to keep handy when working with eMMA.
Online eMMA training for vendors provides quick online instructional programs and print versions, which guide vendors from initial registration through submitting electronic bids in eMMA.
eMMA Video Help Desk (eMMA VHD) is an online video library providing short instructional videos that help to answer questions pertaining to the following:
eMMA VHD — Episode 1: Maryland Procurement Navigation
eMMA VHD — Episode 2: Not Receiving Email Notifications
eMMA VHD — Episode 3: (Coming Soon)
How are training sessions held/hosted? All training sessions are conducted using GoToWebinar. For help using the GoToWebinar platform, feel free to check out this Quick Introduction, as well as this Attendee Quick Start video.
Do I need to register in order to attend? Yes, registration is required in order to attend training sessions on the days they’re held.
How can I ask questions during training sessions? Training sessions are conducted in listen-only mode, however participants are encouraged to enter their questions in a designated question area of the webinar control panel, which is explained at the beginning of instruction. Following each session, attendees receive a follow-up email that includes a compiled Q&A, presentation slides, a link to the video recording, as well as any additional handouts (if applicable).
Are training sessions recorded? Yes! All training sessions are recorded and promptly updated via the eMMA Vendor Web Channel.
Are there additional training resources for eMMA-related sessions? Most eMMA training sessions are based on eMMA Quick Reference Guides, or QRGs, which are easy to use step-by-step instructions for completing tasks and processes.
Are all training sessions recorded live? Yes! Because we’re continuously updating our training sessions, programs, and support materials, the MDPA hosts all live sessions in order to keep the content fresh, relevant, and resourceful.
Where should we direct additional questions? Please visit the For Vendors & Businesses page for additional resources and information on conducting business in Maryland. For any and all questions related to procurement training support and resources, please reach out to the MDPA at firstname.lastname@example.org