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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 | Multiple Offerings – See Date-Specific Registration Links
Wednesday May 8, 2024 | 10am – 11am – Register for this course here! 
Tuesday May 21, 2024 | 3pm – 4pm – Register for this course here! 
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. 

Maintaining Your Vendor Profile on eMMA | Multiple Offerings – See Date-Specific Registration Links 
Thursday May 9, 2024 | 10am – 11am – Register for this course here! 
Wednesday May 22, 2024 | 3pm – 4pm – Register for this course here! 
This training session for vendors provides an overview of administering a vendor profile, including various role types available through the profile, the importance of maintaining updated contact and company information, inviting new account users, and editing commodity codes. 

Responding to Solicitations on eMMA | Multiple Offerings – See Date-Specific Registration Links
Tuesday May 14, 2024 | 10am – 11am – Register for this course here! 
Wednesday May 29, 2024 | 3pm – 4pm – Register for this course here!

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 | Multiple Offerings – See Date-Specific Registration Links
Thursday May 16, 2024 | 10am – 11am – Register for this course here! 
Friday May 31, 2024 | 3pm – 4pm – Register for this course here! 

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.

Maryland Procurement 101 is a self-paced, interactive program for audiences seeking to learn and understand the foundational components and principles of State procurement. Successful completion of this course helps to establish the basic knowledge and familiarity of public procurement in order to comfortably pursue business partnerships with the State of Maryland.  

Click here to jumpstart your procurement knowledge! 

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. 

Click here to easily access dozens of QRGs!

Click here to download the eMMA Vendor User Guide. 

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 an 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.

Click here to access the MDPA Vendor Web Channel! 

Interested in learning more about eMMA and its benefits? We invite you to participate in the MDPA’s free, self-paced, interactive training course that walks new users through the basics of the eMMA platform, including account management, browsing for solicitations, reviewing awarded contracts, and what steps to take after being awarded a contract. Wrap up the course by way of your own certificate of completion. 

Click here to access the ‘eMMA Basics for Vendors’ online course! 

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