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Join us at Fairfax County’s highly acclaimed annual Vendor Forum and Reverse Tradeshow. Learn how you can be a part of the county’s diverse and highly competitive annual $700M procurement spend.  Bring your entrepreneurial spirit and learn how to grow your business opportunities.

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2016 Vendor Forum

Thursday, October 6, 2016
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Vendor Forum Details

The Vendor Forum is an annual event hosted by Fairfax County created to provide a forum for small businesses to interact directly with county procurement representatives. Hosted in conjunction with the Fairfax County Small Business Commission, the Vendor Forum provides an intimate and interactive setting for suppliers to:

  • Network with Fairfax County agencies and their large contractors
  • Discover marketing and business fundamentals that can help grow your company
  • Explore alternative options for funding your business
  • Learn how to properly and effectively pursue work with Fairfax County

The Reverse Tradeshow is the heart of the Vendor Forum where Fairfax County agencies and selected contractors are ready to discuss suppliers’ capabilities and their requirements face to face. This is a great opportunity to make Fairfax County decision makers aware of suppliers’ offerings as they look to expand their network.  To set your expectations view the 2015 List of Exhibitors.

Speakers and panel discussions are scheduled prior to the reverse trade show offering insights and professional advice from experts and business leaders from varied fields.

QUESTIONS?  Call Jason Im at 703-324-3104 or Email:


Schedule of Events


8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.–      Check-In and Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. –      Plenary Session, Board Auditorium

Opening Remarks and Welcome by:
                                                Cathy Muse, Director, Procurement and Material Management
                                                Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
                                                Tracey Wood, Chairman, Small Business Commission
                                                Sylvia Henderson, Keynote Speaker, CEO, Springboard Training

10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.– Session 1 Workshop, Conference Room 9/10
Topic: Performance Management by Amy Riccardi

11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.– Session 2 Workshop, Conference Room 4/5
Topic: Mechanics of a Servant Leader by Steve Gladis

12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.– Session 3 Workshop, Conference Room 9/10
Topic: Alternative Financing by Karlene Sinclair-Robinson

1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.–      Session 4 Workshop, Conference Room 4/5
Topic: Contracting and Procurement Terminology by Guy Timberlake


Speaker Bio

Sylvia Henderson, Founder & CEO of Springboard Training, works with business owners & teams on ideation, strategy, implementation, and accountability. Integrating 30+ years of IBM, AOL, business ownership, and non-profit board leadership experience, Sylvia helps you increase business profitability and realize personal transformation through systems, processes, and tools, as well as intentional action & follow-up.

Sylvia facilitates strategy sessions, conducts workshops & retreats, consults with businesses, and helps entrepreneurs pitch to investors resulting in over $1million in deal flow to date. She is the author of multiple books including "Hey, That's MY Idea! How to Speak Up & Get Recognized for What You Know & Think" and creator of the Idea Success Network, a program that applies the book strategies to your reality. She hosts a cable TV show "Think About It!" focusing on people who turn their ideas into businesses and non-profits; is featured in & writes for print and online media; and interviews on radio programs throughout the U.S.A. Sylvia is a nationally recognized presenter & educational program facilitator for small and large audiences. She loves to provide interactive experiences in her programs.

Ms. Henderson holds an Education degree from Cheyney University of PA. and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Pittsburgh, PA. Personally she is a volunteer Girl Scout Trainer, Trekkie, rollercoaster enthusiast, and rides a motorcycle as alternate transportation. Contact Sylvia to speak to or work with your organization at 301-260-1538. Email: LinkedIn:



All Panels and Panelists have been brought to you by the Fairfax County Small Business Commission. For more information about the Fairfax County Small Business Commission visit their website:

Review past year’s information about the event:

2015 Vendor Forum
2014 Vendor Forum
2013 Vendor Forum

All Panels and Panelists have been brought to you by the Fairfax County Small Business Commission. For more information about the Fairfax County Small Business Commission visit their website:

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