Grand Rapids hosting workshop for potential vendors

March 26, 2018
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Grand Rapids is running a workshop this week to give prospective vendors the information they need to work with the city.

The city’s Diversity and Inclusion Office is hosting Doing Business with the City from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday in Grand Rapids at LINC UP, at 1167 Madison Ave. SE.

The workshop is open to all Grand Rapids-area businesses. Registration is not required.

Grand Rapids purchases “a wide variety of products and services throughout the year — from office supplies to dog food,” according to Steve Guitar, a spokesperson for the city.

“With millions of dollars up for grabs each year, doing business with the city can be very good for companies’ bottom lines,” he said.

The city created the workshop to “promote equal opportunity to that purchasing power,” Guitar said.

Event information

During the event, staff from the city’s engineering, purchasing and diversity and inclusion departments will work with businesses to take some initial steps: 

  • Register in the city’s financial system
  • Learn more about the city’s equal business opportunities, including the micro-local business certification and available bid discounts
  • Add contact information to the city’s outreach lists

To register as a vendor with the city, businesses need a tax ID and business contact information and must be prepared to complete a W-9 form.

Those interested in business opportunities with the city who are unable to attend the workshop can learn about working with the city online.

Questions about the event can be emailed to inclusion at grcity dot us.

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