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Diverse and Small Business Opportunity Fair April 2 at WIU

March 21, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Purchasing Office, the Illinois Small Business Development Center (IL-SBDC) and the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (IL-PTAC) will host a Diverse and Small Business Opportunity Fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 in the Donald Spencer Student Recreation Center on the Macomb campus.

The theme of the event is "Networking, Development and Mentorship."

The event is open free to minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, veteran-owned businesses, small business owners and persons with disabilities-owned businesses.

Benefits of the business fair include:

• Explore procurement opportunities with Illinois public universities, community colleges and other agencies in one location.

• Connect with professionals to learn more about BEP certification, state of Illinois required certifications, small business assistance and mentorship opportunities.

• Network with business professionals across many goods and services.

• Attend workshops, including:

- "Why Mentoring and Partnerships are Important in Procurement and the Overall Economy," with WIU alumnus Tye Taylor, a senior management consultant

- "Procurement 101" – information session with time for questions and answers

To register for the fair, email

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