Sunday, April 6, 2008

Selling to Gwinnett is Subject of Seminar

More than 200 potential vendors have already registered for an all-day seminar on April 11 about how to sell goods and services to Gwinnett County. The second annual Supplier Symposium presented by the purchasing division will help acquaint vendors and suppliers with the County’s procurement procedures.

“Gwinnett County is a $1.5 billion dollar-a-year consumer and the business community is taking note of the opportunities. We are a stable customer for businesses that bid to provide goods or services,” Purchasing Director Scott Callan said.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center Auditorium, the morning session will focus on how to do business with the County. In the afternoon, participants will break into smaller groups for two-hour breakout sessions focusing on construction and capital projects, small business opportunities and forging public-private partnerships.

“Our commitment to the taxpayers of Gwinnett is to spend their money wisely, so we’re working to increase the number of suppliers vying for our business,” Callan said. The symposium will introduce potential suppliers to the County’s buyers and contracting officers and explain the local government’s bidding procedures and requirements. Various metro Atlanta county, city and school agencies will also be in attendance.

“We want to encourage more businesses to bid on our contracts,” Board Chairman Charles Bannister said, “and this symposium helps show them how.”

Registration for the free seminar and current projects open for bidding are available online at www.gwinnettcounty.com

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