Want to find out how to do business with the City of Asheville and other local governments? Come network at Government-Business CONNECT from 1 to 4 p.m. April 19 at the U.S. Cellular Center.
Formerly called the Reverse Vendor Fair, this will be the fifth year the City of Asheville has invited regional vendors to learn about doing business with the City of Asheville and other regional governments. Government-Business CONNECT is intended to allow you to market your company and network business to business. Admission is free and open to the public.
Who should attend?
This is a great opportunity for vendors to speak directly with local government, nonprofit and prime contractor representatives and to connect with the City of Asheville departments on upcoming bid opportunities.
- Contractors of all sizes, including subcontractors
- Small business owners
- Vendors and suppliers
- Trades people
- Business Service providers
- Consultants and professional service experts
What exhibitors will be in attendance?
- City of Asheville Departments
- Buncombe County
- Buncombe County Schools
- Frank L. Blum Construction Company
- North Carolina Veteran’s Business Association
- North Carolina Department of Transportation
- Officer of Historically Underutilized Businesses
- SAS Corporation (Supplier Diversity)
- Small Business Administration
- Town of Waynesville
- Union County (Monroe, NC)
- Vannoy Construction
- Wake County Schools
Workshops are scheduled for 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the U.S. Cellular Center meeting rooms, adjacent to the arena. These sessions are short and will provide overview of bid opportunities for local governments and additionally provide training on business development. Attendance is free, but RSVP for workshops is required by April 18, as space is limited. Registration information available here.
Sponsors for this year’s event include the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, SAS Corporation, North Carolina Veteran’s Business Association, Vannoy Construction, Frank L. Blum Construction Company and the NC MWBE Coordinators’ Network. Additional sponsors are welcome for this event.
For more information about the event, reserve a booth or to become a sponsor, contact Brenda Mills at 828-259-8050 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and updates can be found at the City of Asheville website at ashevillenc.gov/BIDS.