County Recruiting Small Businesses at Expo

Attention, small-business owners. One of the largest buyers in the region will be on the lookout for new vendors at the Small Business Expo. The County of San Diego’s Purchasing and Contracting Department is taking part in the expo’s one-day event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the San Diego Convention Center. Attendance is free.

Small businesses are big business to the County. In an ongoing quest to find a wide selection of local vendors, the department makes a special effort to seek out small-business owners and veteran-owned businesses to effectively meet its business needs.


The County spent $1.2 billion on goods and services in fiscal year 2017-18. One out of every $5 that comes into the County is spent on goods and services through Purchasing and Contracting.

“Our job is to secure the highest quality goods and services necessary to support our County departments in a timely and efficient manner,” said Purchasing and Contracting Director Jack Pellegrino. “The more competition, the better contracting results for the County, which in turn allows us to better serve the public and ensure taxpayers’ dollars are wisely spent.”

Expo visitors can find out how to do business with the County by stopping by exhibitor booth 127. They can learn how to register for BuyNet and see what kinds of goods and services are needed. For example, the County recently advertised for educational instructors; engineering, project management and land surveying services; water treatment services; and janitorial services.

For more information on County Purchasing and Contracting, visit the Purchasing and Contracting Department website or call 858-505-6367. To register for the expo, visit Small Business Expo.

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact