Cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and Chamber bring procurement workshop to local business

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August 27, 2014

The Cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody in partnership with the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce will be providing local businesses with a free workshop on the municipal procurement process on Thursday, September 18th. The Chamber has been looking at the issue of local business access to the procurement process and has been engaging the City of Coquitlam to provide an opportunity for local businesses to learn about the City of Coquitlam’s procurement process. After discussion with City staff, it was decided to do a workshop that included the Cities of Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

The current procurement policy already takes local businesses into account with a “best value” approach. The Chamber, as a result of discussions with some of its members, has asked the Cities to increase accessibility of its procurement process to small business through education and awareness as well as teaching business what criteria like “best value” entails. 

The free workshop is the result of the partnership between the Cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody and the Chamber to support local business. 


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Michael Hind, Executive Director, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

“Understanding and accessing the procurement process has been one of the major issues brought to us by our membership. Small businesses don’t always have the resources to research the RFP process and prepare competitive proposals. This workshop will help connect Tri-Cities businesses with the information they need to maintain a competitive advantage in doing business with our Cities and bring important information about the RFP process to our members.”

David Munro, Manager Economic Development, City of Coquitlam 

“Helping our local businesses understand the City’s procurement process is vital to building a strong business community and flourishing economy in Coquitlam. This workshop can help local businesses better understand how to apply for municipal contracts.”


Background 

The workshop will take place on Thursday, September 18th from 11am to 2pm at Coquitlam City Hall Council Chambers (3000 Guildford Way). The workshop will consist of:

  • a presentation from Coquitlam City staff (representing all three cities) on the request for proposal (RFP) and procurement processes and the selection of successful candidates;· a panel of successful applicants including Scott Hussey (Director of Sales, Mills Office Productivity), Ric Sisson (President, Coquitlam Towing & Storage), Derrick Knee (Sheehan Plumbing), and Ken Zutz (Commercial Sales Manager, Metro Motors

 
The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is a proactive network of business-minded individuals that are committed to acting as an accessible, visible, supportive and reciprocal resource to our members and the Tri-Cities at large, communicating their collective voice to help shape a prosperous business community.

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For further details, please contact:

Michael Hind, Executive Director
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
T: 604.464.2716
michaelh@tricitieschamber.com

Aaron Robinson, Public Policy Advisor
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
T: 604.464.2716
aaron@tricitieschamber.com

David Munro, Manager, Economic Development
City of Coquitlam
T: 604.927.3442
dmunro@coquitlam.ca
 
Deanna Trudeau, Purchasing Manager
City of Coquitlam
T: 604.927.3034
dtrudeau@coquitlam.ca