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East Tennessee Purchasing Association to host Annual Business Matching & Tradeshow

July 18 event to connect businesses to
government agencies and vendors


Small and midsized businesses interested in working with local governments can interact with up to 20 municipalities, plus multiple vendors, in one stop at the East Tennessee Purchasing Association’s (ETPA) 14th Annual Business Matching & Tradeshow in Knoxville.

The event will be held Thursday, July 18, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rothchild Catering & Conference Center, located at 8807 Kingston Pike.

Attendees will be able to connect with cities, counties and other agencies to get information about their processes, available contracts and upcoming bids. “It’s really beneficial for both parties,” said Ellen Wentworth, co-chair of ETPA’s Business-Matching Committee. “The businesses are able to meet with potential customers in one stop instead of traveling all over East Tennessee, and government buyers are able to meet with all the vendors in one place, as well. Additionally, businesses can network with the tradeshow vendors to make it a very productive day.”

Registration is free for attendees. Tradeshow booths and sponsorship opportunities also are available. For more information and to register, visit www.etpanews.org.

The event also will include an educational seminar for small businesses, including women, minority and veteran owned, to discuss how to do business with local governments. Details on the seminar also can be found on ETPA’s website.

ETPA will partner this year with the Metro Drug Coalition in support of the library at Knox County’s Richard Yoakley School. Event attendees are encouraged to donate books or make cash or check donations for the purchase of books, which will be used for the school’s Accelerated Reader program. The program building reading skills to increase participants’ opportunities for academic success, a resiliency factor for substance misuse. A list of books that can donated can be found at etpanews.org/meetinginfo.php.

The East Tennessee Purchasing Association seeks to establish relationships among its members for the development of efficient procurement methods and practices in public institutional procurement. For more information, visit www.etpanews.org.

Published July 6, 2019






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