Seminar: “Doing Business With the Public Sector”

reservations due by April 12


Event details

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce will host a seminar on “Doing Business With the Public Sector” beginning at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 14 in the Big 6 Room of the historic Eldridge Hotel, 701 Massachusetts St.

Local business owners will learn first-hand how to navigate the city, county and educational procurement systems from a panel of experts. Confirmed participants include Jackie Waggoner, purchasing director for Douglas County; Alan Landis, purchasing specialist for the City of Lawrence; Barry Swanson, director of purchasing and strategic sourcing for the University of Kansas; Frank Harwood, chief operations officer-administrative support for USD 497; and Mike Lewis, chief financial officer for Haskell Indian Nations University.

“This is an opportunity for our local businesses to talk directly with procurement experts from the public sector,” said Tom Kern, president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. “There have been recent changes in procurement regulations for KU in particular that will make it easier for the University to do business with local merchants. The goal for this event is to provide attendees with a greatly increased understanding of how they can easily do business with the public sector.”

Each panelist will provide an overview of the purchasing requirements and options for their organization and then take questions from attendees. The event is open to the public. Cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Reservations may be made online at through 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization that promotes and enhances the economic vitality of Lawrence and Douglas County. The Chamber is the leading advocate on issues that affect the economic well-being of the business community.


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