Business networking event offered

Small and midsized businesses interested in working with local governments can meet with up to 20 municipalities, plus multiple tradeshow vendors, in one stop at the East Tennessee Purchasing Association’s (ETPA) 12 th Annual Business Matching and Tradeshow event on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

The event will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rothchild Conference and Catering Center, 8807 Kingston Pike in Knoxville. Registration is free for attendees.

Attendees will be able to connect with cities, counties and other agencies to get information about their purchasing processes and contract opportunities. In addition to the tradeshow, breakfast and lunch sessions with governmental procurement agents will be available.

“It’s really beneficial for both parties,” said Penny Owens, business-matching chair for ETPA. “The businesses are able to meet with all of their potential customers in one stop instead of traveling all over East Tennessee, and the governmental buyers are able to meet with all the vendors in one place, too. Additionally, businesses can network with the tradeshow vendors to make it a very productive day.”

The East Tennessee Purchasing Association seeks to establish relationships among its members for the development of efficient purchasing methods and practices in the field of educational, governmental and public institutional procurement. For more information, visit http://www.etpanews.org.