Colorado Minority Business Office Announces First Virtual Advance Colorado Procurement Expo

DENVER--The Minority Business Office of Colorado will host the first-ever virtual Advance Colorado Procurement Expo on April 28, 2021. 

The Advance Colorado Procurement Expo is typically an annual day-long event for businesses to showcase their goods and services to local and state government agencies, attend workshops and network. The event usually takes place each fall, but was postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19. 

The virtual expo is free to register and open to all businesses, including those owned by women, minorities and veterans. The virtual event will primarily educate businesses on how to win business contracts whereas the in-person expo typically includes an exhibition component. 

April’s event will be an hour-long session aimed to educate business owners on how to become more competitive and win more business. The event includes panelists representing government agencies, business support organizations and success stories to discuss contracting, procurement and certification. The event also marks the launch of an online learning system that offers resources from various government agencies on how to approach procurement opportunities and win business. 

The speaker lineup includes:

  • Mary Shepard, moderator of the event and executive director of the Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center
  • Barb Musick, Supplier Diversity Liaison and Vendor Communications at the Department of Personnel and Administration 
  • David Musgrave, Purchasing Agent & Vendor Outreach Administrator at the Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Darrell Hammond, international speaker, executive coach and performance facilitator
  • Jennifer King, President/CEO, DiscountCell, Inc

“The Advance Colorado Procurement Expo is a statewide collaboration to engage business owners with government procurement professionals to create opportunities for business,” said Antonio Soto, Minority Business Office program manager. “This event will offer valuable insights and speakers to both inspire and educate businesses around their potential.”

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