Buying Power for Good: State Government Procurement 101 for Social Enterprises. Nov 8, 4-7pm

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Buying Power for Good: State Government Procurement 101 for Social Enterprises

Does your organization struggle to increase the impact of your mission because of limited purchases of your services and products? Do you wonder how to connect with the State of Minnesota and its procurement process to grow your programs?

For social enterprises to succeed, they must have purchasers of their services and products. When a social enterprise develops a purchasing relationship with a government agency, both partners benefit.

This session provides direct access to the Assistant Director of the State’s procurement program who will share details on the state’s procurement process, how to sign up to be a vendor with the state, and how to apply for specific projects with the state.

After this session, please join the networking happy hour which will feature a member fair including member table displays and even a few items for sale to help us learn about the impact of SEA members in the community.



Brenda Willard
Brenda Willard, Assistant Director, Materials Management Division (MMD), Department of Administration, State of Minnesota, is responsible for the strategic acquisition of goods and general services for the State of Minnesota and other governmental entities.

The division aspires to meet its customers’ reasonable expectations while upholding the highest legal and ethical standards of responsible business and procurement practices. MMD has been nationally recognized as a leader in public sector procurement as documented by the Pew Center for the States in its May 2010 report entitled “States Buying Smarter: Lessons in Purchasing and Contracting from Minnesota and Virginia.

Greg Bauman
Greg Bauman, Business Development Specialist, Innovative Packaging Solutions (IPS), will facilitate this session and provide additional insights from an SEA-Twin Cities member regarding experiences with and insights into state contracts for services.

As a division of the nonprofit Lifetrack Resources, IPS provides efficient packaging and assembly services while providing work adjustment and work transition services for persons with little work experience.


Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Time: 4 – 5:30PM – Speaker event, 5:30 -7PM – Social

Location: University of St. Thomas (1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403)

Terrance Murphy Hall, Room 401- Event

Terrance Murphy Hall, Room 450 – Social

View parking information here.


Register now!
FREE for members. Guests – $10.

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