Annually, the federal government awards roughly $500 billion in contracts to businesses offering a range of services. It’s one way for the government to meet its operational needs, and companies to expand their customer base.

If you are a local business owner looking to contract with federal, state, and local government agencies, consider attending the Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum in October. Event participants can learn how to register and compete for contracts, meet one-on-one with purchasing agents, educate themselves about new and existing business opportunities with government agencies, and network with other Pierce County business owners and managers.

The Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum will be held on Thurs., Oct. 17, between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., at the McGavick Conference Center on the campus of Clover Park Technical College, located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, in Lakewood.