Partners hosting Meet the Buyers


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The city of Grand Rapids and several partners are working to connect with new, diverse and local businesses at a Meet the Buyers open house this week.

The open house is scheduled for Thursday from 2-5 p.m. at the David D. Hunting YMCA downtown, at 475 Lake Michigan Dr. NW.

The free event offers an opportunity for vendors to learn more about bidding opportunities at Spectrum Health, the city, Grand Valley State University and other organizations.

It also provides local businesses direct access to purchasing representatives from the various organizations and gives local minority suppliers a chance to learn more about the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council. 

Partners on the project have an annual combined spending power of nearly $1.5 billion.

“Spectrum Health is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve,” said Kurt Knoth, VP of supply chain services, Spectrum Health. “Being intentional with our sourcing practices and purchasing from local and minority-owned businesses is central to developing economic health and wealth in our communities.”

Representatives from the city’s Diversity and Inclusion Office, which administers a Micro-Local Business Enterprise program, will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

Registration for the open house is available online.

Before the open house, representatives from Local First and Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council will lead a workshop on how spending locally with diverse vendors grows the greater economy. The workshop will take place from 1-2 p.m., and people can register online.

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