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Lehigh Valley Meet the Buyers Expo Offers Unique Opportunities for Small Businesses

By Colin McEvoy on October 12, 2015

About 240 small business attendees and 38 buyer companies participated in the first Lehigh Valley Meet the Buyers Expo in 2013.

About 240 small business attendees and 38 buyer companies participated in the first Lehigh Valley Meet the Buyers Expo in 2013.

If you own a small business, how often are you able to meet in person with the company that you wanted to do business with?

What if you could meet with several different companies, one-on-one, all in the same place in a single morning?

The 2015 Lehigh Valley Meet the Buyers Expo allows you to do just that. Whether you work within the construction industry, landscape management, information technology, computer equipment, office supplies, printing, or something else altogether, you will find several opportunities at this one-of-a-kind event.

The Expo will be held on Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. More than 40 businesses will be represented by their procurement professionals, with a wide variety of needs.

Olympus, B. Braun, Mack Trucks, PPL, Martin Guitar, and FirstEnergy are just a few of the buyers attending, as well as the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem, and the counties of Northampton and Lehigh.

A full list of the buyers, as well as the products or services/subcontracting they are seeking, can be found on the Meet the Buyers Expo website, which also includes information about how to register and a video about how to be prepared to present yourself and your business.

This is an event small businesses cannot afford to miss. Until Oct. 15, the registration fee is only $25, due to the generosity of expo sponsors and trade partners. Starting on Oct. 16, the registration fee will be $40, still a bargain for this opportunity.

And don’t forget to check out the Sponsors and Trade Partners, as many will also be on hand to share information about how they can assist small businesses.

The expo is a collaborative effort of ten Lehigh Valley business organizations, and is offered every two years

Expo Trade Partners
LV Business
Express-Times
Adams Outdoor Advertising
CMorganelli Designs
Working Dog Press
Cantone Press
All Points Photo
WDIY
Morning Call
Thrive Media PostNet

Expo Sponsors
Premier: First Niagara
Platinum: American Bank
Platinum: Wells Fargo
Emerald:
PPL
Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship at Lehigh University
Embassy Bank For the Lehigh Valley
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Lehigh University
Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp.
Direct Energy
Education:
Capital Blue Cross
TD Bank
Handlon Business Resources
Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-NJ

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