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County of Santa Clara Offers New Workshops Starting March 28 for Individuals, Companies Interested in Business Opportunities with the County

​SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. — Starting this month, the County of Santa Clara Procurement Department will kick off a series of informational workshops for individuals and companies interested in doing business with the County. The workshops are part of an outreach initiative to familiarize potential vendors with the County’s procurement and contracting processes. The informational workshops start on March 28. 

“In providing critical services to residents, the County spends $2 billion each year to purchase goods and services,” said Supervisor Cindy Chavez, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “We want to buy locally, and these workshops will help make these business opportunities more accessible to local businesses.”

Individuals, vendors, and businesses interested in opportunities with the County are encouraged to attend one of the three informational workshops scheduled for this year.  Each workshop lasts 90-minutes and covers topics and terminology related to the County’s procurement and contracting philosophy and processes, primary solicitation methods, policies and initiatives, bid and proposal processes, and rules and regulations.  Vendors will be able to register in BidSync and Ariba systems for access to current bid opportunities.
“The Procurement Department is offering public workshops for everyone interested in doing business with the County to learn how to access opportunities, and ensure they are better prepared to follow soliciting and contracting processes,” said Jenti Vandertuig, Director of Procurement.
The County is committed to competition in order to ensure that the public receives the best rates for taxpayer dollars spent.

Vendor Outreach Workshops in 2016, include:
• Monday, March 28, 2016, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
• Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
• Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: County of Santa Clara, Charcot Center, 2310 N. First St., Suite 102, San Jose, 95131.
For more information on the workshops, visit: or call (408) 491-7400. Space is limited. Please RSVP to

Media Contact: Laurel Anderson/Anne Chang, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119  
Posted: March 4, 2016