Region's largest governments to host unique contract forum for minority, women and small business enterprises

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The Puget Sound region's largest governments and public agencies - representing approximately $500 million in upcoming projects - will host a forum on February 18 to acquaint businesses with their contracting and procurement opportunities in construction, consulting, goods and services. The forum hosts include Sound Transit, The City of Seattle, King County, The Washington State Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises and the Port of Seattle.

"This is the first time contractors, especially minority, women and small business enterprises, will be able to network and get the information they need from the region's largest public agencies and governments at one time and in one place," said King County Executive/Sound Transit Board Chair Ron Sims. "We will be talking about contracts ranging from $50,000 to more than $100 million."

Prospective contractors will hear about specific opportunities from each jurisdiction; learn how to get on solicitation rosters; be able to ask specific questions of government contracting and procurement officials and have the opportunity to network with other businesses.

"Technical assistance and resource providers will also be present to assist businesses," added Sims. "So this will be a very unique, one-stop shopping opportunity for businesses hoping to do work with public agencies."

The Regional Contracting Forum will be held in the Great Hall and Board Room at Sound Transit's Headquarters in Seattle's Union Station located at 401 South Jackson Street. Events are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Business owners/managers seeking more information can call Lori Weston, King County Office of Business Relations and Economic Development, at 206-205-3443 or by email at

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