Doing Business workshop promotes equal access to opportunities

Published on March 13, 2018

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City of Grand Rapids purchases a wide variety of products and services throughout the year – from office supplies to dog food. With millions of dollars up for grabs each year, doing business with the City can be very good for companies’ bottom lines. That – coupled with the City’s commitment to encourage more businesses to become qualified vendors of the City and promote equal opportunity to that purchasing power – is the reason the Diversity and Inclusion Office is hosting a Doing Business with the City event on Thursday, March 29.

The free event runs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LINC UP, 1167 Madison Ave. SE, and is open to all Grand Rapids-area businesses. Registration is not required. 

During the event, staff from the City’s Engineering, Purchasing and Diversity and Inclusion departments will work with businesses to:  

  • Register in the City’s financial system
  • Learn more about the City’s Equal Business Opportunities programs, including the Micro-Local Business Certification and available bid discounts 
  • Add contact information to the City’s outreach lists 

To register as a vendor with the City, businesses need a Tax ID and business contact information and be prepared to complete a W-9 form.

Those interested in business opportunities with the City but unable to attend the workshop may visit Questions may be emailed to