The Advance Colorado Procurement Expo is an annual event for businesses to showcase their goods and services to local and state government agencies, attend workshops, and network. You will be able to meet government procurement professionals to discuss how to best sell your goods and services, exhibit throughout the day to potential buyers, and network with over 100 businesses. We encourage all businesses – including those owned by women, minorities, and veterans – to participate.
The spring 2021 virtual expo was on April 28. View the recording and register for the Minority Business Office online learning platform to access on-demand certification and procurement information and resources.
Although we had hoped to see you all in person and network face to face, we have decided the best way to keep this event safe and healthy for all is through a virtual platform. For those who have already purchased your tickets, we have issued a full refund, but we will maintain your registration for the virtual event. All virtual expo tickets are free.
We hope to host the 2022 Advance Colorado Procurement Expo in person next fall. We are working on finalizing a new date, so please stay tuned. If you would like to be notified of expo updates, changes, and gain first access to registration, please sign up for email updates.
9am to 9:15am | Welcome Remarks
- Antonio Soto, Director of the Minority Business Office of Colorado
- Mayor Mike Coffman, City of Aurora
- Kara Vietch, Director of the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration
- Colorado Governor Jared Polis
9:15am to 10am | Workshop Sessions
- Session 1: Selling Goods and Services in State and Local Government Transportation
- Session 2: How to Do Business with the State of Colorado
10:05am to 10:50am | Workshop Sessions
- Session 3: Doing Business with the City of Aurora, CO
- Session 4: Creating Equity Through Certification
11am to 11:55am | Live Roundtable Discussions with Agency Buyers
11:55am to 12pm | Closing Remarks
- Jeff Sudmeier, Chief Financial Officer of Colorado Department of Transportation
All tickets for the virtual event are free. Please reserve your ticket on our event registration page, whether you are a business (seller) or agency buyer. By registering for the virtual expo, you will be able to visit virtual exhibiting booths from businesses and government professionals. You will also access workshop sessions hosted by procurement professionals and participate in roundtable discussions with government agencies.
Registration is open and will remain open until October 5 at 12pm or when registration fills up, whichever occurs first.
Once you are registered via the event registration page, you may also decide to set up a free, virtual exhibiting booth. If you would like to set up a virtual booth and exhibit as an agency buyer or business (seller), please request a booth via the virtual exhibiting platform. We will ensure you are able to set up your booth and support you if you need any assistance.
Booths are available for reservations and will remain open until October 5 at 12pm or whenever all booths have been claimed, whichever occurs first.
*Please note: any information you provide on this website or the virtual exhibiting website could be disclosed to outside parties. Please beware of what information you share to any internet website.
Businesses (sellers) may participate in the roundtable discussions simply through their general admission ticket, no action is required. Beginning at 11am, join a Zoom breakout room to ask a specific agency about procurement opportunities, learn about an agency's bidding process, and more. View the list of participating agencies.
Agencies may participate in the roundtable discussion from 10:50am to 11:55am by emailing the contact at the bottom of this page with the name and email of the agency representative who will host. You will receive a calendar invite with the Zoom link and we will place you into your own breakout room labeled with your agency name. Businesses (sellers) may join you starting at 11am. If you would like more than one breakout room for your agency, please let the contact at the bottom of this page know in your email request.
This virtual expo will offer 4 virtual workshop sessions:
Selling Goods and Services in State and Local Government Transportation
Join moderator Cathy Kramer with Connect2DOT as she leads a panel discussion with experts in the transportation industry. Learn what goods and services these entities buy and where to find opportunities. Professionals on our panel will include the Colorado Department of Transportation, Denver International Airport, Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Regional Transportation District (RTD).
|Cathy Kramer is the Statewide Program Manager for CDOT's Connect2DOT Program and owner of Caddis LLC, a DBE-certified business and marketing consulting firm. She has 25 years of experience working with clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, IBM, and Western Union. Cathy has worked with CDOT for 15 years providing consulting, technical assistance, and small business program development for the CDOT Civil Rights and Business Resource Center. She has helped drive success for hundreds of small and disadvantaged firms in engineering and construction through coaching, training, and speaking engagements. Cathy serves on several public and private-sector business and diversity committees and is also on the Board of Directors for HCC Contractor Academy, GoUrban Foundation, and ElektrikGreen, Inc., as well as the Advisory Board for COMTO Colorado.|
Purchasing Agent & Vendor Outreach Administrator,
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).|
Senior Director, Business Management Services,
Denver International Airport
|Cristal Swain is the senior director of business management services for Denver International Airport (DEN), where she has served in this role for nearly three years. At DEN, Swain oversees procurement, contract administration, supply services, inventory management and administrative services. Prior to coming to DEN, Swain spent more than 20 years in the public education sector overseeing procurement and contract operations in K12 and higher education. She has extensive experience leading groups that are responsible for the procurement lifecycle of contracts, including the procurement and negotiation of contracts of all types, managing vendor performance, vendor payments and inventory management.|
Equity and Inclusion
City & County of Denver, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure
Marsha Nelson is the manager of equity and inclusion for the City and County of Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI). Her passion and strong work ethic has led her to champion DEI, economic inclusion for small businesses and workforce development over the past two decades. Nelson is a thoughtful, decisive and collaborative results-driven leader that leads by convening diverse perspectives to weave together the collective. She leans in to ensure all voices are welcome and heard. Nelson serves as president of the COMTO Colorado Chapter, a board member of the Aurora Public Schools Foundation and a board member of HCC Contractor Academy.
Materials Handling and Purchasing Manager,
Mike Karol-Chick is the materials handling and purchasing manager for RTD. Karol-Chick has a strong business acumen with more than 20 years of experience managing supply chain operations, directing large scale teams and establishing performance-driven metrics. He has demonstrated success in designing and implementing change, process improvements and supply chain initiatives for organizational growth and development.
Karol-Chick holds a bachelor’s degree from Regis University.
How to Do Business with the State of Colorado
Doing business with the State may seem complicated, but this panel is here to help! Barb Musick, Supplier Diversity Liaison from the Colorado State Purchasing & Contracts Office has knowledge and resources spanning across state agencies. Nancy Dierker, the Procurement Official from the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, Chris Frenz, the Procurement Official from the Colorado Department of Human Services, and Lisa McGovern, Procurement Official from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment will be there to share their insight and provide some agency specific information.
State Purchasing Manager,
State Purchasing and Contracts Office,
Department of Personnel and Administration
|John is the State Purchasing Manager for the State of Colorado. In his role, he oversees the management of over 180 state price agreements, which are contracts for commonly used goods and services for all state agencies, state institutions of higher education, local governments, political subdivisions and certified nonprofit entities. The categories of state price agreements include body armor, computers, copiers, facilities MRO, office supplies, healthcare products, software, vehicles and more.|
Communications Manager, Supplier Diversity Liaison, State Purchasing & Contracts Office,
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, Musick spent nearly eight years in the Department of Local Affairs, where she worked with small local governments and nonprofits to help them leverage demographic and economic data for planning and grants. Prior to joining the State of Colorado in 2009, Musick worked in communications, marketing and corporate branding with industry-leading companies.
Governor's Office of Information Technology
Nancy is the Director of Procurement and Vendor Services for the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology. She has 20 years of experience in the IT industry and almost 35 years of service to the state of Colorado.
There are 3 teams that make up the procurement group under Nancy, including purchasing, contracts and vendor management. Nancy and her teams are committed to facilitating the purchase of high quality goods and services with minimal risk at competitive prices in support of the Governor’s Office of Information Technology mission.
Department of Human Services
Chris Frenz is the director of the Division of Contracts and Procurement at the Colorado Department of Human Services, which supports people and families by connecting them with assistance, resources and support at every stage of their lives and operates on an over two billion dollar budget annually. Previously, Frenz worked in private practice and at the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Frenz is a licensed attorney and graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
|I started my career in the private sector in various business settings before accepting a position at CDPHE in 1997. I've spent almost 25 years in the procurement and contracting field supporting CDPHE's mission and work.|
Doing Business with City of Aurora, CO
Doing Business with the City of Aurora, will fill you in on city and departmental needs for contracts, the purchasing process, tax and licensing, and how the Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help businesses start, grow, and win contracts. Bryn Fillinger, Manager of Purchasing, will moderate the panel and share the purchasing process with the city. Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC will share what small business resources are available to get you started and growing.
Manager of Purchasing Services,
City of Aurora
|Bryn Fillinger joined the City of Aurora Purchasing Division in 1997. In 2013, she became the Manager of Purchasing Services. Prior experience includes various purchasing and contracting positions with the Resolution Trust Corporation.|
Tax Audit Supervisor,
City of Aurora
|Jeff Edwards is a Certified Public Accountant and works in the Tax and Licensing Division of the City of Aurora. He has worked in state of local taxes for over 15 years in a variety of positions. Jeff has assisted hundreds of businesses to increase their understand of the complexities of state and local taxes and licensing through presentations at various events and organizations. Jeff is a Colorado native and enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, camping and fishing.|
Aurora-South Metro SBDC
Marcia McGilley has served as the executive director of the Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) since 2008. The center serves more than 5,000 clients annually with free and confidential, high-quality, one-on-one consulting; business educational training; and business resource referrals. McGilley serves on the Douglas County Economic Development Forum, Douglas County Business Recovery Task Force and the South Denver Business Resource Partnership, where she is a co-founder.
Personally, McGilley has jumpstarted more than 1,000 companies and reads approximately 50 business plans per year. McGilley is a serial entrepreneur, owning six companies as diverse as a marketing consulting firm, a murder mystery theatre troupe and a motivational training company.
Creating Equity Through Certification
Certifications can help a business stand out in a crowded field. Attend this panel discussion to learn more about what certifications are available, how to get them, and how to leverage them for successful procurement.
Founder and President,
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.
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.
Ann Albergotti is passionate about two things—marketing and advocating for small and midsize businesses. Coming from the supplier diversity world, Albergotti uses her expertise as a marketer and entrepreneur, connections and knowledge about contracting opportunities to help those businesses grow.
Albergotti has worked closely with executives in large and small companies throughout her career as well as in the retail, banking, telecom, call center, test equipment and design, print manufacturing, software technologies and nonprofit industries.No stranger to entrepreneurialism, Albergotti has owned multiple companies throughout her life, most recently managing a marketing agency, YK Marketing. She is also the co-owner of Notch UP in Denver.
Talia Bond is a multipreneur. She is the owner of PostNet, a printing and shipping store; Absolute Promotions, a corporate branding company; Collaborat, a consulting firm; Notch Up, a business development organization that works with small businesses; and Kero Peruvian Authentic Food, a catering business. She finds fulfillment by enabling and elevating individuals’ entrepreneurial dreams by sharing her knowledge and helping them to reach success.
Bond founded her Collaborat Consulting in 2013. As a consultant, she worked with the Minority Business Office to help hundreds of minority small business owners get certified and prepared for government contracts. In 2016, she opened PostNet, a brick and mortar store that offers marketing products to small businesses and organizations. Bond’s most recent projects include the acquisition Absolute Promotions, a partnership with Notch Up, and a collaboration with Kero Peruvian Authentic Food.
Everest Mechanical LLC
Rahul Kumar is a business and financial professional with more than 26 years of experience in global financial markets, entrepreneurship, infrastructure and management within large multi-national financial organizations. He demonstrates a hands-on management style in the development and implementation of strategic plans to ensure company growth. Kumar has an in-depth knowledge of financial derivatives, including foreign exchange, fixed income and equity (public and private) markets. He has a proven ability to manage multiple assignments efficiently while meeting tight deadline schedules.
City of Aurora
Colorado Department of Transportation Equipment
Colorado Department of Transportation Procurement
Colorado Department of Transportation Storerooms
Colorado State University
Department of Human Services
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
El Paso County
As sellers register for the event, we will list them here so attendees can view who they will be able to network with.
3R Technology Solutions
AET ENVIRONMENTAL INC.
AIS INDUSTRIAL & CONSTRUCTION SUPPLY
Award & Sign
Event Resources Center
FLEXX ID LLC
I Love ME Gems
The Salida Circus
Valiant Contractors, INC