Please note that we will NOT be holding the Merchant Expo event in 2014 (see our notification for more information). We will return to the event in 2015 with a refreshed tradeshow that provides the most meaningful networking and business opportunities for our clients and OSU staff.
For suppliers who offer meeting and event related services, or for OSU faculty and staff that would like to attend an alternative event, see information regarding the upcoming OSU Event Planners Tradeshow on April 8, 2014 at http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/tradeshow2014/.
If you are a vendor and are not yet on our vendor email list but would like to submit your information for consideration for our 2015 event, please let us know by sending an email with your contact information to email@example.com (please keep in mind that this event is for non-construction related goods and services).
Each year as the university’s Fiscal Year comes to an end, Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) hosts the Merchant Expo. This trade-show event (for non-construction related goods and services) is held at the LaSells Stewart Center and provides vendors the opportunity to rent booth spaces to showcase the goods and services that they can provide to the university. PaCS recognizes the challenges that vendors face in touching base with the large amount of colleges and departments that may be interested in the goods and services their companies can provide. This event is a win-win affair as it provides vendors with a one-stop-shop opportunity to contact OSU staff who are in the market for goods and services they provide and provides OSU staff the opportunity to quickly identify and speak with vendors who can potentially fulfill their departmental procurement needs. With an average of 600 OSU staff members attending, a number of vendors find renting a booth space at the Merchant Expo to be a worthwhile marketing and networking investment.
Here are some of the positive comments PaCS has received from participating vendors:
"Thanks for putting this on. It is a very well managed event."
"Nice reconnecting with some of the staffing I had not seen for a year or two. Some good questions asked."
" In addition to being the most vendor friendly set up I have ever worked with, you always deliver the quality attendees that are promised."
"Your team did an excellent job this year. The students were very helpful with loading and unloading and everything went very smoothly."
If your company desires to increase the amount of business it does with OSU, and the goods and services your company provides are appropriate to the needs of the university you might consider registering for this popular trade show. Please visit this website regularly in the early spring for the opportunity to register for this fun and beneficial event!