The 5th Annual ‘Meet the Buyer’ on June 19

There is still time to register for next week’s “Meet the Buyer” networking event at the Food Bank of East Michigan, 1939 Howard St., in Flint. Space is limited for the June 19 event.

Sponsored by the Region 6 Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), “Meet the Buyer” is a free, half-day event — from 8 a.m. to noon — that brings together procurement officials from various local, regional, state and federal agencies and businesses with goods and services for sale. It is a forum designed to establish and nurture relationships that may a result in securing a government contract for small businesses.

“This is one of the key procurement matchmaking and government contracting events in the state,” said PTAC Program Manager Jasmine McKenney. “For the prospective governmental agency, it’s an opportunity to meet face-to-face with business representatives and to familiarize themselves with businesses in the region that could satisfy their purchasing needs.

“Likewise, it is a wonderful opportunity for business owners to connect with buyers at the city, state and federal government. Small businesses looking for diversification opportunities should attend.”

Attendees will rotate among different agency tables, learning how the organization buys, what they are buying, and other valuable procurement information. Each buyer has five minutes to share information about their organization and what they buy, followed by 15 minutes for attendees to briefly present their companies and ask questions.

This year’s roster of buyers includes:

  • Ann Arbor Transit Authority
  • Consumers Energy
  • Department of Technology, Management and Budget – State of Michigan
  • Great Lakes Water Authority
  • Genesee County Road Commission
  • Oakland County
  • Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
  • Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce
  • Mass Transportation Authority
  • Bay Metro Transit
  • Mott Community College
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • STARS—Saginaw Transit Authority and Regional Services
  • City of Flint
  • TACOM—U.S. Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command Detroit Arsenal
  • Hurley Medical Center
  • Michigan Department of Transportation

Resource partners will also be in attendance and available for discussion on how to start, grow and expand businesses, including: the U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Center and VetBiz Central/Veterans Business Outreach Center.

To register, visit

For more information, contact PTAC Counselor Amanda Stuart at  or (810) 600-1414.