Tradeshow highlights connections

Small and midsized businesses interested in working with local governments can meet with up to 30 municipalities in one stop at the East Tennessee Purchasing Association’s (ETAP) 10th Annual Business Matching and Tradeshow event on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Rothchild Conference and Catering Center, attendees will be able to connect with cities, counties and other agencies to get information about their processes and available contracts.

“It’s really beneficial for both parties,” said Penny Owens, business matching chair for ETAP. “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.”

In addition to the tradeshow, educational seminars will be available for attendees. The State of Tennessee will host a session about how to do business with its departments, and the Small Business Administration will share information about its lending program and the Women-Owned Small Businesses government contracting program. U.S. Bank will lead a session on financing for small businesses.

Registration is free for attendees. To register, visit