The America’s Small Business Development Center at the College of New Jersey (SBDC @ TCNJ), in partnership with the Capital Region Minority Chamber of Commerce, is proud to announce the Second Annual Higher Education Procurement Event. This informative gathering is scheduled for November 2, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will take place at The College of New Jersey- Brower Student Center.

This year’s event brings together a consortium of esteemed educational institutions, including Princeton University, Brookdale Community College, Ocean County College, Essex College, Stockton University, and The College of New Jersey, to offer small business owners a unique opportunity. The focus will be on understanding the procurement process, uncovering available opportunities, and gaining insights into the types of purchases made by these institutions.

Key event highlights include:

Procurement Insights: Attendees will have the privilege of hearing directly from procurement officials representing each participating educational institution. These experts will provide valuable insights into their respective procurement processes and highlight opportunities for local businesses to engage with them.

Information Exchange: The event will provide a platform for an informative exchange of ideas, where small business owners can gain a comprehensive understanding of the procurement landscape within the education sector.

One-on-One Sessions: To address specific queries and foster meaningful connections, the event will conclude with one-on-one sessions where attendees can interact directly with procurement officials, ask questions, and explore potential collaboration opportunities.

Networking and Light Breakfast: Attendees will have the chance to network with peers, procurement experts, and representatives from the educational institutions while enjoying a light breakfast.

“This event is a testament to SBDC@TCNJ’s commitment to supporting small businesses and promoting local economic growth. By bringing together various educational institutions and procurement professionals, it aims to bridge the gap between small business owners and procurement opportunities within the higher education sector,” said Lilian Mauro, Regional Director.

Herb Ames, who serves as the President and Chairman of the Capital Region Minority Chamber of Commerce, expressed his excitement about the high education procurement event and highlighted the event’s importance in fostering collaboration between minority-owned businesses and educational institutions. Mr. Ames emphasized the event’s potential to boost economic development in underserved communities and promote diversity and inclusion within the higher education procurement sphere.

All interested parties are invited to attend this educational and empowering event. Registration is open, and early booking is encouraged due to limited availability. Please register directly here:

Event Details:

Date: November 2, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Venue: The College of New Jersey – Brower Student Center BSC100W

Registration Link:

For more information about the Second Annual Higher Education Procurement Event, please contact our office at (609) 77102947 or (609) 771-2096 (Línea en Español) or visit