EDASC, PTAC connect small businesses with government buyers

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

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EDASC and the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) hosted the county’s second Meet-the-Buyers event, held July 21 virtually.

About 45 small businesses participated, providing the opportunity to meet with local government buyers and familiarize them government contracting. The event included time for sellers to meet with each buyer during “speed dating” sessions, said EDASC Economic Development Manager Tamsin Bell.

“We had another successful Meet-the-Buyers event, helping small business owners get accustomed to the government contracting process,” Bell said. “These types of events also help our local government purchasing departments diversify their pool of competitive bidders and save tax dollars.”

Meet-the-Buyers targets smaller or newer businesses that are less accustomed to working with large buyers like government entities.

“We find that large businesses work with all kinds of buyers and even have staff whose sole job is to work on government procurement,” Bell said. “Meet-the-Buyers helps small businesses get their foot in the door.”

The latest Meet-the-Buyers included procurement professionals from Skagit County government, the Port of Skagit and the Department of Enterprise Services. Local resource partners were also on hand, including the Office of Minority & Women Business Enterprises, PTAC, SBDC, Impact Washington and the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship.

EDASC and PTAC plan to continue hosting these events virtually on a regular basis.

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