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For Businesses


The 2017 Business Parternship Forum was a great success. Look for our next event on our event page.

The Business Partnership Forum is an educational/networking event for businesses to learn about opportunities in doing business with state and local government as well as networking with those organizations.

Here is what you missed at the 2017 event

Business Participants
Forum Registration/Check-in
Networking with Government
Government Buyers Panel*
Dinner/Open Networking with Government**
Break Out Session 1***
Information Technology Help the state meet their website and software development needs
Learn about state requirements around accessibility. Agency representatives need your help in updating websites and systems to meet these requirements. Ask questions so we can work together to meet the needs of our state and our communities.
Hot Topics Diverse Business Inclusion: What's New
Goods and services inclusion plans, new master contract and small business search tools, statewide disparity study and more.
Success Strategies Network Your Way To Success: How to maximize the potential of those around you.
This interactive workshop will feature hands on activities aimed at understanding how to build a team to support your business goals. Be prepared to introduce yourself, exchange cards, and have fun.
Doing business with the state EPP Connection 1 on 1
10 minute speed meetings between businesses with options for environmentally preferred purchasing (EPP) options and agency representatives. Includes Green initiative and sustainable products and services. See the registration desk with questions.
Networking Open Networking with Government
Break/Open Networking with Government
Break out session 2***
Information Technology IT Connection 1 on 1
10 minute speed meetings between IT business professionals and agency representatives. To include IT hardware, software, consulting, and website design. See the registration desk with questions.
Hot Topics Protecting our environment through procurement
Learn about environmental risks the state faces in our procurements. Hear about contracts that have incorporated environmental initiatives. Discussion on how we can work together to support our environment.
Success Strategies Diversity through contractor partnership
Strategies for corporate and small diverse business collaboration.
Doing business with the state State Master Contracts Sales Reporting
Learn how to do sales reporting for master contracts. Opportunity to ask questions and have dialog about how we can make this process easier.
Networking Open Networking with Government


For questions regarding this event, contact DES Events at or call (360) 407-8200.