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Human Relations launches contracting and procurement opportunities fair

Event to be held in conjunction with Minority Enterprise Development Week

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Human Relations Division of the City Manager’s Office will host the first annual Kansas City Government Contracting and Procurement Opportunities Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway. Admission is free.

The event is designed to complement Minority Enterprise Development Week, which is a national annual celebration that recognizes the contributions made by minority-owned and women-owned businesses to the country’s economy.

The procurement fair will provide attendees with details of government needs as well as insight into the best business practices for submitting bids. Attendees desiring in-depth information regarding a specific project can sign up for face-to-face meetings with department representatives. Several Kansas City area government entities with multimillion-dollar projects scheduled for this year will give detailed presentations regarding current and upcoming project needs.

Attendees may also attend an 8 a.m. ribbon-cutting and welcome ceremony with City Councilmembers and other community leaders. City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen will speak of his vision for the City during his “Box Lunch with the City Manager” presentation. The Human Relations Division of the City Manager’s Office will present, "Doing Business with the City," an overview of how to obtain a city contract and deal with the expectations that follow. An optional box lunch is available for individuals who submit an early registration form with their order and pre-payment of $10.

For more information about the Kansas City Government Contracting and Procurement Opportunities Fair, contact Ashlea Blue at or (816) 513-1813 or by visiting

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