Central Virginia localities joining forces for regional business expo Sept. 10

Several central Virginia localities and their procurement offices are hosting an event Monday, Sept. 10 that is designed to help companies learn how to do business with local governments.

The 2018 Growing Business Together Regional Expo is set for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Parkway. Registration is available at eventbrite.com/e/regional-vendor-expo-hosted-by-chesterfield-hanover-henrico-richmond-tickets-48346445520 until Thursday, Sept. 6. The cost is $25 plus a transaction fee. Walk-up registration will not be accepted at the event.

A collaborative effort between Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties and the city of Richmond, Growing Business Together is designed for small, women- and minority-owned companies and other businesses interested in becoming vendors with the four localities. The regional expo will feature sessions on entrepreneurship and marketing and will offer insights into the procurement process. Participants can learn about upcoming business opportunities with the local governments and take part in networking activities.

Jeff Conley, supplier relations manager with Henrico County, noted that typically the participating localities have held separate procurement events for prospective vendors but are combining efforts for the expo. Businesses will benefit from the regional focus and the show of unity, he said.

“Growing Business Together will allow participants to explore the region’s assets and engage a wide audience,” Conley said. “It’s a collaborative event to help build growth for the region.”

For additional information, contact Conley at (804) 501-5689 or con086@henrico.us.