More than 100 businesses got a chance to connect with government buyers Tuesday as Charlottesville hosted its first-ever Government Procurement Fair at the Carver Recreation Center.
Buyers from about a dozen city departments were set up to discuss what services they need and when products are purchased.
Organizers say this was a good opportunity for buyers and businesses to meet face-to-face.
Hollie Lee, the chief of Workforce Development Strategies said, “This is a huge benefit, opportunity for small businesses, local businesses in our area to learn how they can increase their revenue and sales. A lot of times businesses don't think about selling their products and services to the government.”
The city has held workshops to raise awareness about the government procurement process in the past.
Representatives from Albemarle County and groups including Region Ten were also at the fair.