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DES Business Partnership Forum

  • Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center 1500 Broadway Tacoma, WA, 98402 United States (map)

Government and Public Sector Organizations

This is an excellent education and networking opportunity for public organizations.

  • Learn about requirements and opportunities through public purchasing.
  • Network with the business community to meet your organization's visibility and transparency goals.
  • Inform businesses of your organization's needs and how they can pursue business.

As a government or public organization, not only do you have access to educational sessions that may help you in your public procurement but you also have access to becoming a networking partner by registering for a resource table. If you are interested in raising businesses' perception of the accessibility of your organization, see the networking partnership section below. Admission is free but pre-registration is recommended. Sign up to attend this year's Business Partnership Forum.

Sessions for government and public organizations include sessions on IT, diversity and sustainability.

Customer Participants

12:30 PM1:00 PMRegistration / Check-in

1:00 PM1:20 PMIntroduction / Welcome

1:20 PM1:25 PMConnecting over coffee**

1:25 PM2:15 PMBreak out session 1***

Information TechnologyWebsite Accessibility Requirements
Learn about state website requirements around accessibility. Agency representatives need your help in updating websites and systems to meet these requirements. Come ask questions and learn what you need to know to meet the needs of our state.

EnvironmentalThe EPP sweet spot
Do you have EPP goals and having trouble prioritizing? Come learn and discuss strategic approaches to Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP).

Diverse Business InclusionCorporate Supplier Diversity and Public Contracting
Learn the importance of Corporate Supplier Diversity and how Corporate Supplier Diversity supports growth into the public sector.

2:15 PM2:25 PMConnecting over coffee

2:25 PM3:15 PMBreak out session 2***

Information TechnologyI want an IT system!
For the business unit who wants an IT system and the procurement professionals that will help make it happen. Tools and steps to assist with a solution that will meet your needs while decreasing common frustrations.

EnvironmentalGreen options available Today!
Trying to meet your green purchasing goals? This session is for business units that want to buy green and leaders who want to support and educate on green options. Learn green options in master contracts and how to find them.

Diverse Business InclusionDiverse Business Inclusion: What's New
Goods and services inclusion plans, new master contracts and small business search tools, statewide disparity study, and more.

3:15 PM4:00 PMOpen networking with business


Parking is available on the lower levels of the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center and nearby streets. For more information, see the GTCTC website.

Have questions?

If you have questions, please contact us or by phone at (360) 407-2200. Additional information about this event will be posted this spring.

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