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JOIN US ON JUNE 14, 2012 @ THE CROWNE PLAZA
8:00 AM - 11:45 AM - MEMBERS ONLY - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
7:30 AM - REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST
8:00 AM - PROGRAM BEGINS
$45 - Breakfast, reverse trade show and access to business resources
$70 (discounted price) - Breakfast, reverse trade show and access to business resources – plus, Grassroots Issues Luncheon with Secretary Alan Walker of the Department of Community & Economic Development
What is a Reverse Trade Show?
A reverse trade show is an event that allows qualified vendors the opportunity to meet with numerous procurement professionals at one time. Vendors roam the trade show floor to talk with procurement reps from various public and private businesses and industries about their needs, opportunities and how to become a qualified vendor.
Why you should attend?
- Market your business to purchasing reps
- Build new business relationships and strengthen existing ones
- Learn their purchasing process
- Learn what products and services they buy locally
About Opening Doors: Doing Business in Berks
Many small businesses don’t get a chance to meet one-on-one with purchasing representatives from larger organizations and government. Our 1st annual Opening Doors: Doing Business in Berks reverse trade show on June 14 at the Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing is your chance to skip the cold calling and connect with purchasing representatives from the area’s leading industries and largest businesses.
Learn about their purchasing process and what products and services they look to buy locally. Build new business relationships and strengthen existing ones. This is a unique opportunity for potential suppliers of products or services to meet with buyers all in one place, at one time.
Opening Doors includes an informational breakfast and business resources, Stay after and enjoy our Grassroots Issues Lunch for an additional cost.
"Whether you are a local Chamber member looking to make your capabilities known, or a business/government representative looking for local businesses to provide your product and service requirements, the reverse trade show provides you with the opportunity to effectively use your time to build new business relationships and strengthen existing ones," says Gail A. Landis, vice president of Government and Community Relations.
Opening Doors: Doing Business in Berks - is a members-only event that will promote local sourcing to strengthen our economy.
|Participating purchasing reps to date include:|
|ArcelorMittal||Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority|
|Berks County Intermediate Unit||Bollman Hat Company|
|Cambridge-Lee Industries||Carpenter Technology Corp|
|City of Reading||C & L Group|
|Customers Bank||COSTARS (State Affiliated)|
|County of Berks||E. J. Breneman|
|East Penn Manufacturing||Kutztown University|
|Levan Machine & Truck Equipment||Met-Ed/A First Energy Company|
|Morgan Corp||PA Department of General Services|
|Penn State - Berks||PPL Corp|
|R M Palmer||Reading Area Community College|
|Reading Eagle||RPA Engineering|
|SFS Intec, Inc.||Sweet Street Desserts|
|The Bachman Company||The Reading Hospital and Medical Center|
|UGI Energy Services||UGI Utilities Inc.|
|...Plus, more to come|
|Click here to download the Participant Checklist (pdf)|
|Business resources will include:|
|Ben Franklin Partners||Community First Fund|
|City of Reading – Community Development||Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry|
|Greater Berks Development Fund||Greater Reading Economic Partnership|
|Minority Supplier Development Council of PA-NJ-DE||Procurement Technical Assistance Center|
|Women's Business Enterprise Council of PA-sNJ-DE||SCORE Service Corps of Retired Executives Assoc.|
|SBDC Small Business Development Center||...Plus, more to come.|
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