Photos: “Meet the Buyers” Business Opportunity Forum

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Thursday, May 13, 2010 from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm, The Regional Alliance for Diversity in Public Purchasing hosted Meet the Buyers:Business Opportunity Forum. The event was held at the Tassell MTEC and the following agencies were on hand to network with potential suppliers: City of Grand Rapids, City of Kentwood, Kent County, Muskegon County, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University
ITP‐The Rapid Transit Authority, Lansing Area Public Purchasing Group, Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Assn, State of Michigan, Van Andel Institute, CEED (Center for Empowerment & Economic Development), MMBEC (MI Minority Business Enterprise Center), MMSDC (MI Minority Supplier Development Council) Partners in Action Inc, PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center), SBA (Small Business Administration), SBTDC (Small Business & Technology Development Center), Women’s Business Enterprise Council‐Great Lakes and others.

In addition to opportunities to meet the buyers, attendees also enjoyed a featured panel discussion focused on sustainability/the triple bottom line, with local experts:

  • Bill Stough – Sustainable Research Group, LLC
  • Elissa Sangalli Hillary – Local First
  • Matt Tueth – Aquinas College, Center for Sustainability

Over (100) suppliers were in attendance and the event was very well received, given the attendees “distinctive” comments.

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