Grand Rapids and GRCC recruiting suppliers


Grand Rapids Community College, or GRCC, founded in 1914, offers degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes in Kent and Ottawa counties.

An event downtown this week aims to recruit local suppliers and subcontractors to strengthen and grow the West Michigan economy.

Representatives of the purchasing departments at Grand Rapids Community College and the City of Grand Rapids will discuss opportunities for future contracts during their Build With Us event this Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at GRCC’s Sneden Hall, at 435 E. Fulton St., room 108.

City and GRCC staff will make short presentations, and there will be information tables by both organizations.

Service providers will learn how to register as a supplier or subcontractor for the city and college, and GRCC’s computer lab will be available for them to sign up at the event.

GRCC Purchasing Director Mansfield Matthewson said the event is for a variety of subcontractors and suppliers, including services for painting, wall and floor coverings, electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, concrete and paving, landscaping, pest control, information technology and printing.

Matthewson added GRCC wants to make “every reasonable opportunity available” for women-, minority- and disabled-owned businesses, as well as “micro-local” businesses.

“We want to ensure we’re inclusive of all capable and qualified suppliers,” Matthewson said. “We’re partnering with the city and its Micro-Local Business Enterprise program to make our opportunities available to the local community.”

The city’s Equal Business Opportunity programs aim for the inclusion of all types of businesses in city contracts, with a targeted focus on micro-local businesses.

“The more the city spends with micro-local partners, the greater the economic prosperity for all in our community,” said Patti Caudill, the city’s diversity and inclusion manager. “This event allows us to strengthen our commitment to this effort and share resources and programs with GRCC toward a shared goal of an inclusive and equitable Grand Rapids.”

People can register for the event online. It is free and lunch is included.

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