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City offers training for outside vendors

For Immediate Release: January 22, 2018

Post Date:01/22/2018 3:00 PM

Contact:  Kate Flexter, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988

Sarasota, FL:  Beginning in February, the City of Sarasota’s Purchasing Division will offer a series of no cost, educational courses for vendors, providing helpful tips for doing business with local municipalities.Purchasing VENDOR TRAINING-300x300

Each class will focus on a unique topic with the overall objective of increasing vendors’ understanding of the procurement process from start to finish.

“These workshops offer an inside look at doing business with the City and other government entities,” said David Boswell, General Manager of Purchasing. “In the end, we hope this experience and knowledge will encourage vendors to develop good working relationships with local municipalities.”

Each class will be offered from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 John Rivers St., on various dates from February to September.

The program will offer the following 5 classes:

Vendor 101- Doing Business with Public Entities

Vendor 102- Consultant Requirements

Vendor 103- To Bid or Not to Bid

Vendor 104- The RFP

Vendor 105- City Forms Training

For a full list of course descriptions as well as dates and times of each course, click here.

Contact David Boswell, General Manager of Purchasing, with additional questions: (941)-954-4151 ext. 4528.


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