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City hosts sixth annual contracting and procurement forum

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Human Relations Department encourages area businesses interested in learning about government contract bidding to attend the sixth annual Kansas City Government Contracting and Procurement Forum on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The forum will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bartle Hall, 301 W.13th St.

The theme of this year’s forum is “Building Your Way UP to Success” and will provide local and regional business partners with critical information, networking opportunities and access to government contracting and procurement opportunities. It will also feature face-to-face business sessions, workshops and exhibits. City departments; local, state and federal agencies; and area businesses will provide information about government contracting.

“This forum includes crucial information for growing businesses, including networking opportunities, access to potential business partners and ideas for quality products and services at competitive rates,” said Ashlea Blue, KCGCP chair. “This event will prove to be an extremely beneficial opportunity for everyone who participates.”

An Awards Recognition Luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. This event will recognize local contractors and small businesses that have consistently demonstrated a commitment to small and minority business development. Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. will be the keynote speaker. Graves is the president and chief operating officer for Earl G. Graves Publishing Company, the publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine.

While the forum is free, registration for the luncheon is required and there is a $40 fee to attend.

The forum is co-hosted by the City’s Human Relations Department, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, Burns & McDonnell, The Builders’ Association, Soda Pop Graphics, KC BluePrint, KCP&L and MidAmerica Minority Business Development Council.

Any person with a disability who desires reasonable accommodation to attend this meeting may contact the City’s 311 Action Center at 311 or 816-513-1313 or for TTY, 816-513-1889, or by email at

For more information or to register, please contact Ashlea Blue, Human Relations Department, at or 816-513-1813, or register at:


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