Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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Bernalillo County--What some might consider a ho-hum event attracted more than 160 enthusiastic people earlier this month seeking ways to improve their businesses and their community.
Bernalillo County--What some might consider a ho-hum event attracted more than 160 enthusiastic people earlier this monthseeking ways to improve their businesses and their community. Bernalillo County’s first, three-hour, Vendor and Community Workshop on Jan. 12 has been touted as an irrefutable success. The free workshop offered advice on how companies can “do business” with Bernalillo County and how social service agencies and neighborhood associations can apply for grants to continue their life-improving efforts. For those unable to attend, event videos have been posted on the county’s website, /purchasing to view at any time.
“We are so excited by the turnout because it means that Bernalillo County has reached that many more people who need help to become more successful. In turn, it also means we have succeeded in helping to stimulate the local economy,” says District 4 County Commissioner Michael C. Wiener.The county spends at least $300 million a year buying products and securing services from large and small businesses. The countyhelps groups like YDI, Catholic Charities, and lots of neighborhood associations learn more about the ins and outs of attaining grant funding.
County Purchasing Department Director Lisa Sedillo-White, one of the event’s organizers, says the Vendor and Community Workshop is an outgrowth of earlier, smaller, vendor workshops and that she hopes to repeat the event and improve upon it during the coming years. She adds that the county has received a lot of positive comments from attendees and that “the county is coming together to consolidate its resources to better serve the community.” The Jan. 12 workshop was expanded over previous workshops to include valuable information from the county’s Economic Development and Cultural Services Department and the Community Services Division’sOffice of Social Services.
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