Local Small Businesses – The County Wants You

If you own a local small business, don’t miss out on this opportunity. The County is one of the largest buyers in the region and it will be recruiting new vendors at the Small Business Expo.

The County’s Purchasing and Contracting Department will set up shop as one of the many exhibitors at the free one-day event. The expo is taking place from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the San Diego Convention Center.

The County manages a contract portfolio of more than $9 billion. The department is always on the lookout for vendors to provide the many services and supplies it needs to keep County government running.

The department makes a concerted effort to find local small businesses as well as local businesses owned by veterans and disabled veterans, and regularly holds workshops on how local owners can do business with the County.

“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 learn more about business opportunities with the County at exhibitor booth 513. They’ll find out how to register for BuyNet to see what kinds of goods and services are needed. For example, the County recently advertised services for heating and cooling installation, outdoor benches, exercise equipment and office furniture.

For more information on County Purchasing and Contracting, visit their 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