Upcoming Gateway Event Spotlights Business Opportunities for Diverse Suppliers

Gateway Community and Technical College will host a supplier diversity fair Wednesday, April 25, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way in Florence, for area diverse business owners who want to learn more about opportunities for doing business with the college.

The event, which will occur at the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Room B 104, supports a new Supplier Diversity Initiative undertaken by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Opportunity is the key reason for this event, said Mike Baker, Gateway vice president of business and administrative services. We want to provide the areas diverse business owners with an opportunity to easily learn about, and compete for, the goods and services needed at Gateway, as well as at other KCTCS colleges in the region.

The overall objective of the Supplier Diversity Initiative is to ensure KCTCS meets its 2010-2016 Strategic Plan goals to "reflect the diversity of the students and employees of our 16 colleges and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

After a diverse business is registered with the Initiative, the business will be notified by phone and e-mail when a matching opportunity occurs. Newsletters and other communications will also keep diverse business owners updated on future opportunities, Initiative- related events and more.

The April 25 agenda includes an overview of how the Initiative works, a demonstration of the online registration process, and an open question and answer session. A brief tour of the Boone Campus will follow for interested attendees. Purchasing agents for the college will be present. Light snacks will be provided.

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Judie Hontas, Gateway business affairs and purchasing specialist, at 859-442-1135 or judie.hontas@kctcs.edu.
Interested diverse suppliers may also visit supplierdiversity.kctcs.edu to learn more about the KCTCS Supplier Diversity Initiative and to register their company.