Meet The Buyer 2018

Don't miss our FREE Meet the Buyer Event!

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Thursday, May 17, 2018
10 AM - Noon
GRTC Headquarters
301 East Belt Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23224

Our goal is to connect small and diverse businesses with GRTC by providing this opportunity to meet buyers and learn about GRTC purchasing needs and contracting opportunities.

Attendees can expect to speak directly to the GRTC decision makers, including meeting the Procurement Department to receive information on the ins-and-outs of the GRTC procurement process.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Am I a Small Business?

A: The Small Business Administration (SBA), for most industries, defines a “small business” either in terms of the average number of employees over the past 12 months, or average annual receipts over the past three years. In addition, SBA defines a U.S. small business as a concern that:

• Is organized for profit

• Has a place of business in the U.S.

• Operates primarily within the U.S. or makes a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor

• Is independently owned and operated

• Is not dominant in its field on a national basis

The business may be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or any other legal form. In determining what constitutes a small business, the definition will vary to reflect industry differences, such as size standards.

Q: Who are the Buyers?

A: Buyers are the purchasing agents or contacts from the various GRTC departments looking to procure products or services from smaller, diverse business sources.

The following buyers will be in attendance:

Information Systems, Maintenance, Facilities, Marketing, Safety, Finance, Procurement, and RideFinders.

Q: How do I meet with Buyers?

A: Vendors will be able to speak with buyers at their respective table assignments for five minutes throughout the event. You may need to wait behind others before you have your opportunity to connect. Please be courteous while in line, and be aware of others waiting after you.

Q: Will I get business at the Event?

A: No, not usually. A short meeting does not create a buying relationship, but it is a great start!

Q: Will they call me back?

A: This event is the first step in your marketing efforts with GRTC Transit System. You must first register your company as a vendor, to get added to our internal Vendors Directory and when a need for your products or services arises they will contact you.  You are responsible for updating your contact information when necessary.

Please be sure you arrive at the Event with the following materials:

• Business Cards

• Business Capabilities Statement

Click here to see what we buy. 

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Still have questions? Email SupplierDiversity@ridegrtc.com.