Advance Colorado Procurement Expo

The Advance Colorado Procurement Expo is an annual day-long event for businesses to showcase their goods and services to local and state government agencies, attend workshops, and network. As Colorado’s premier buyers' and sellers' marketplace, attendees can meet with government procurement professionals to discuss how to best sell their goods and services, and sellers can exhibit throughout the day to potential buyers.

We encourage all businesses – including those owned by women, minorities and veterans – to participate. Businesses may purchase an exhibitor table or a general admission ticket. There is no cost for government agencies to participate. Space is limited, and this event typically sells out.

Spring 2021 virtual expo

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
9am to 10am

Join us to hear from experts in contracting, procurement, and certification. This virtual expo will offer insights from procurement experts, success stories of procurement in challenging times, and education on how to win more business. This virtual event will be focused towards business owners to provide educational materials and a panel on securing purchasing opportunities. While this event will not offer an exhibiting opportunity, we hope to provide that option at the fall, in-person event. 

Register now  

Registration is open and will remain open until the event time or when registration fills up, whichever occurs first. This spring event is intended to offer the benefits of the expo in a virtual platform, while we wait for it to become safe to meet in person in the fall.

Fall 2021 in-person expo

Save the date: 11th annual Advance Colorado Procurement Expo

October 7, 2021
Hyatt Regency Denver-Aurora Conference Center
Aurora, CO

Overview

Type: Trade show

For: Entrepreneurs and businesses

Event date: Every fall

OEDIT division: Minority Business Office

Spring 2021 virtual event details

Mary Shepherd

Mary Shepherd, moderator

Mary joined the Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center as the office manager in December 2014. Prior to that, she worked in the office of admission at Fort Lewis College. Mary has lived in southwest Colorado for over 20 years, working in many industries from public relations to hospitality management to educational recruitment. As a public relations account manager, she worked with national outdoor brands to develop media strategies and direct outreach and campaigns to build a favorable brand image with customers, prospects, retail channels and the public. She understands the challenges of small business ownership, having owned a small restaurant in Durango with her husband. She wishes she would have known then about the services the SBDC provides.

Mary received her Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Cornell University. She is a recent Leadership La Plata graduate and serves on the LLP Alumni Committee. She enjoys traveling, camping, and all the great outdoor recreation opportunities that life in Colorado provides.

Barb Musick

Barb Musick, Department of Personnel and Administration

Barb Musick is the Supplier Diversity Liaison for the State of Colorado. A public sector professional who believes in the greater good, she enjoys working with vendors, state and local governments, and nonprofits to help maximize the state’s procurement process. Before joining the Department of Personnel and Administration earlier this year, Barb spent nearly eight years in the Department of Local Affairs, where she worked with small local governments and nonprofits, helping them leverage demographic and economic data for planning and grants.

Prior to joining the State of Colorado in 2009, Barb worked in communications, marketing and corporate branding with industry-leading companies. She has a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from New Hampshire College. Although she is part of the 46% of Coloradans born in another state, she loves Colorado and considers it her forever home. She lives in Denver with her menagerie of rescue and foster dogs and cats.

David Musgrave

David Musgrave, Colorado Department of Transportation

David Musgrave is a Purchasing Agent and the Vendor Outreach Administrator for the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Center for Procurement and Contract Services. David facilitates larger dollar purchases for goods and services with Divisions in CDOT. He coordinates The Center’s vendor outreach activities including the procurement open house, “Day at the DOT.”  He has worked as the Supplier Diversity Liaison for the State Purchasing & Contracts Office, Vice President of Membership Services at the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is The Vice-Chair of The Opportunity Council and as serves as the Communications Chair for the Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association (RMGPA). 

 

 

 

Darrell Hammond

Darrell Hammond, speaker and coach

An international speaker, executive coach and team/performance facilitator, Darrell shares his expertise in leadership and employee engagement through keynotes, workshops, coaching and consulting. He is known for high energy, humor, analogies and straight talking style. Darrell coaches, trains and inspires leaders, their teams and organizations to get more done - with greater alignment and fewer headaches. He is a visionary leader that helps transform the way you think about your work and your role.

A featured speaker and executive coach who inspires leaders and their teams to clarify direction, focus, and effectiveness through proven frameworks, he teaches and coaches audiences how to practically reach their peak performance. Darrell earned an athletic scholarship and completed a degree in Business Management. After college he continued playing exhibition basketball, traveled around the world, keynote speaking, and providing custom training. Awarded a silver medal playing basketball on Team USA, at the Australia Games and earning an NBA Legends M.V.P. award, Darrell’s work ethic has been demonstrated and rewarded over the course of his career. His 30 year career in Human Resources (HR) led to many years in increasingly responsible executive positions. Advisor and consultant to boards, executives, teams, corporations, numerous government agencies, elected officials, and nonprofit leadership teams, he is living his dream of ‘Serving Those Who Serve Others’.

 

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Jennifer King, president of DiscountCell

Jennifer King is President/CEO of DiscountCell, Inc, a small woman-owned small business with WBE and DBE certifications. DiscountCell has provided mobile solutions to customers for 23 years. They currently are a State Contract holder in 24 states and vendor on the NASPO ValuePoint Wireless Contract alongside the Wireless carriers.

During COVID, Jennifer’s business has worked with Wireless Carriers, government agencies, Tribes, school districts and other organizations to provide LTE based solutions. These solutions have included remote accessibility for senior health, remote learning for students through cellular or Private LTE networks, Tribal Private LTE health networks, COVID testing and vaccination site connectivity, city government mobile public WiFi and much more.

Jennifer’s involvement in marketing and sales has led to hundreds of public sector agencies choosing DiscountCell as their vendor for cellular hardware and accessories. Jennifer continues to look for new opportunities to grow her business and help other small businesses understand that shooting for the stars can lead to success through sharing her story.

9am Welcome and MBO Update
9:05am Partner Remarks
9:10am Launch of Thinkific, Our Online Learning Platform 
9:25am Panel Discussion: "Procurement in a Pandemic"
9:55am Fall 2021 In-Person Expo Details
10am Final Remarks and Close

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Contacts

The contacts are bilingual in English and Spanish. Please contact either contact if you have any questions or need assistance. 

Los dos contactos son bilingües en inglés y español. Por favor, contacte a un contacto si tiene una pregunta o si necesita asistencia. 

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