Aug. 16, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College and the Grand Rapids city government are teaming up on an effort to recruit local suppliers and subcontractors to strengthen and grow the West Michigan economy.
Representatives of the purchasing departments at GRCC and the city will discuss opportunities for future contracts during the "Build With Us" event, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23 in room 108 of the college's Sneden Hall, 435 E. Fulton St. You can register online, and lunch will be provided. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mansfield Matthewson, GRCC's purchasing director, said suppliers and subcontractors for a variety of services – including painting, wall and floor coverings, electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, concrete and paving, landscaping, pest control, information technology and print shop -- are invited to the event.
City government and GRCC staff will make short presentations, and there will be information tables from both organizations' internal departments. Service providers will learn how to register as a supplier or subcontractor for the city and college, and GRCC's computer lab will be available for them to sign up at the event.
"GRCC believes that it makes good business sense -- and contributes to the economic growth of West Michigan -- to make every reasonable opportunity available for small businesses, minority-, women- and disabled businesses and micro-local businesses to participate in our contracts," Matthewson said. "We want to ensure we’re inclusive of all capable and qualified suppliers. We're partnering with the city and its Micro-Local Business Enterprise program to make our opportunities available to the local community."
The city’s Equal Business Opportunity programs aim for the inclusion of all types of businesses in city contracts with a targeted focus on micro-local businesses.
“The more the city spends with micro-local partners, the greater the economic prosperity for all in our community,” said Patti Caudill, the city’s diversity and inclusion manager. “Equity and inclusion is a key initiative for the city moving forward. This event allows us to strengthen our commitment to this effort and share resources and programs with GRCC toward a shared goal of an inclusive and equitable Grand Rapids.”
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.