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Press release from the city of Asheville, shared March 25:

ASHEVILLE – The city of Asheville is excited to invite area vendors interested in doing business with the city to participate in the first Reverse Vendor Fair on April 10. This is a great opportunity for vendors to speak directly with city department representatives and to find out more about what contract and bid opportunities the city of Asheville offers. Departments will also provide information about upcoming projects and bidding opportunities. The vendor fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center and admission is free.

Additionally, on April 9, representatives from the State of North Carolina Office of Historically Underutilized Businesses, the Office of Purchase and Contract and the N.C. Department of Transportation will provide training sessions on doing business, vendor registration and HUB certification. Workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the 6th floor training room of Asheville City Hall. Attendance is free, but RSVP is required as space is limited.

Workshops are scheduled as followed:

Session 1: 9 a.m.-noon: N.C. DOT – “Update to NC DOT Regulations” & “Doing Business with DOT”
Session 2: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. :  State HUB Office – “HUBSCO Reporting”
Session 3: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: State P&C – “Doing Business with the State”

For more information about the vendor fair and how you can participate and RSVP for the training opportunities on event day, please contact Amy Patterson at (828) 259-5953 or or Brenda Mills at (828) 259-8050 or Information and updates can be found at the city’s website at

Clarification: The city of Asheville updated this press release to include further location information.

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