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Keynote speaker named for contracting and procurement forum

David Elyachar, owner and founder of Big Bob’s Flooring of America Inc., will serve as the keynote speaker during the luncheon portion of the third annual Kansas City Government Contracting and Procurement Forum. The forum will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, 2345 McGee St.

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Human Relations Division of the City Manager’s Office will host the event in partnership with the state of Missouri’s Office of Supplier and Workforce Diversity, Missouri Department of Transportation and the MidAmerica Minority Business Development Council. More than 400 contractors have registered thus far for the forum.

Elyachar started Big Bob’s in 1983 and has grown the company to more than 50 stores nationwide operating as a franchise enterprise. During his career, Elyachar has been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, received the Blue Chip Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and been named Kansas City Small Business of the Year.

City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen, Phillip Yelder from the Human Relations Division and other City staff members also will address forum participants during the luncheon portion of the event.

The procurement forum will provide attendees information regarding government contracting opportunities and best business practices for submitting bids. Information will also be provided on “How to Master the Maze of Federal Contracting Opportunities,” and “Financing Your Business in Economic Turmoil.” Several agencies are expected to award contracts on the spot. In-depth contracting information regarding the new $500 million Honeywell Corporate Headquarters Facility and the City’s $3 billion Water Services Department Sewer Rehabilitation Program will be presented.

This event will include an awards luncheon to recognize local contractors who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to small business development in the areas of professional service, construction work force and commodities.

The workshops and exhibits are free and open to the public. There is a $40 charge to attend the awards luncheon and seating is limited.

For more information about this event or to register for the luncheon, contact Ashlea Blue at or (816) 513-1813 or visit


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