‘Meet the Buyer’ event includes prizes



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


May 5, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Suppliers have the chance to meet with procurement professionals from the public sector — and win some prizes — during a “Meet the Buyer” event on May 15.

The Regional Alliance for Diversity in Public Purchasing, an organization that promotes economic development and business opportunities in West Michigan, has organized the symposium, which runs 8:30 a.m. to noon on May 15 in Grand Valley State University’s Loosemore Auditorium, 401 Fulton St. W.

“In the past, this event has garnered some real business opportunities for a number of local suppliers,” said Mansfield W. Matthewson, director of purchasing at RADPP member Grand Rapids Community College. “Most of the public entities attending this year’s event have current, ongoing or pending projects, so this is an outstanding opportunity for them to connect with local area suppliers.”

In addition to GRCC, buyers that will be represented at the symposium include the cities of Grand Rapids and Kentwood, Kent County, the state of Michigan, Michigan State University, The Rapid, and the Van Andel Institute. Those attending also can visit resource tables from Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center and others.

Sean Huddleston, GVSU’s assistant vice president for strategic implementation, will discuss “Breaking the Barriers; History, Purpose and Tips on Effective Diverse Small Business Development” at 9 a.m.

People interested in attending should register for the event by clicking here. An iPad Air, iPod Touch, and three months of coaching from Partners In Action will be given away during the symposium, and you must be present to win.

RADPP encourages the entire business supplier community to participate in this program. If you anticipate a need or have questions, contact Matthewson at (616) 234-3850 or in advance of your participation.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.