2022 Reverse Vendor Trade Show

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2022 Reverse Vendor Trade Show

This annual networking event gives vendors the opportunity to introduce themselves to a variety of City of Seattle departments.

When and where

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Tabor 100 7100 Fort Dent Way #Suite 100 Tukwila, WA 98188

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About this event

  • 5 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

The Reverse Vendor Trade Show is an annual event hosted by the City of Seattle to allow vendors the opportunity to introduce themselves to a variety of City department representatives. This year's event will be located at:

Tabor 100, 7100 Fort Dent Way Suite 100, Tukwila, WA 98188.

Vendors can learn about upcoming solicitations, procurement opportunities and sustainable purchasing while networking with other local vendors. Women-owned and minority-owned businesses are especially encouraged to attend.

This event will offer both in person and live virtual. The City encourages vendors to sign up online prior to the event to prevent entry delays. The live virtual is by appointment only for a one-on-one with your departments of choice on a first come first serve basis.

Have questions? Please contact FAS_ReverseVendorTradeShow@seattle.gov. Please also contact us to request a reasonable accommodation or language access needs. Please submit requests by November 30, 2022.

*Limited parking and maximum capacity limits

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is a reverse vendor trade show?

Unlike a traditional vendor trade show, the City of Seattle’s reverse vendor trade show provides you, the vendor, the opportunity to meet with department representatives from the City of Seattle. The representatives will be in booths and you, the vendor, will be free to walk around and visit directly with those that solicit products and services for the City of Seattle. It is open to all types of vendors such as those that sell commodities, services, consulting and public works/contracting.

Q2. When is the event?

The 2022 City of Seattle Reverse Vendor Trade Show will be held on Dec. 8, 2022, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Tabor 100 located at 7100 Fort Dent Way Suite 100, Tukwila, WA 98188. There is also a virtual option.

Q3. How do you attend?

Advance registration for both in person or live virtual is located here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-reverse-vendor-trade-show-tickets-429903351497.

Q4. How much does it cost to attend?

The event is free to attend.

Q5. With my registrations how many attendees can I bring?

Due to the limited capacity of the Tabor 100 facility, it is encouraged that vendors attend with at most two in person at a time. Live virtual can be any amount.

Q6. Do we need to wear a mask at the event?

While it is not mandatory that attendees wear masks, it is still highly encouraged.

Q7. Do you have COVID restrictions/mandates for the event?

It is highly encouraged that attendees are up to date on their vaccination requirements prior to attending the event. Masks are not mandatory but are also highly encouraged.

Q8. What are the parking arrangements?

Parking is free and on a first come first serve basis. The parking at Tabor 100 is limited so carpooling or public transportation is encouraged.

Q9. Can I register on-site?

Vendors can register on-site, but it is encouraged to register ahead of time to prevent delays in entering Tabor 100.

Q10. Is this event limited to only Women Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE)?

No, this event is open to all firms.

Q11. Which City of Seattle departments will be participating in the virtual one-on-ones?

Those that signed up for the virtual one-on-ones will receive a separate email that will list the departments and the time slots available. These meetings are limited and will be done on a first come first serve basis.

Q12. If I registered for live virtual, but was not able to schedule a virtual one-on-one, can I still participate in the event?

Yes, the open and closing ceremonies will be available online. It is highly encouraged to be available for the opening ceremony because there will be presentation on how to do business with the City.

Q13. How can I best prepare for the event?

You can visit the City of Seattle’s website at www.seattle.gov and view how each department does business. If your firm sells a service, commodity, or contracting that may align with a department or two, then come visit their booths at the event.

Q14. Do you need to enroll as a vendor with the City to attend this event?

No, vendors do not need to enroll in our Online Business Directory (OBD) to attend this event. It is highly recommended that vendors do to receive information from the City.

Q15. What are the pros and cons of attending the event in person versus virtually?

  • Pros for in person: Meet with departments without having to schedule time to do so. Walk around the facility and network with department representatives and other vendors as potential subcontractors or partnerships.
  • Cons for in person: No personal one-on-one time with the departments of your choosing. Traveling to a facility with limited parking. Dealing with big groups of people.
  • Pros for virtual: Scheduled one-on-one time with departments where you can pitch your product and/or services. No lines, crowds, and travel time.
  • Cons for virtual: Limited to no amount of networking with other vendors. First come first serve basis scheduling. Meaning if you miss out then you can only attend the opening and closing ceremonies.

Q16. If I am not able to attend at 8:00 AM, will it still be worth my while to go at a later time?

Yes, you are able to attend at any point before the event ends at 1:00 PM. The only thing you are missing is the opening ceremony where we talk about how to do business with the City. That presentation is also conducted every First Friday of the month by the City of Seattle. Please check the buy line here: https://thebuyline.seattle.gov/ for the next available First Friday.

Q17. What if we need accommodations like ADA or language access?

To request a reasonable accommodation or language access needs, send an email to FAS_ReverseVendorTradeShow@Seattle.gov by Nov. 30, 2022.