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March 28: College hosts vendor fair for local and disadvantaged businesses

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Mar 15, 2019

The College of Lake County will host a Get Connected vendor fair for local and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 28 at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Rd. in North Chicago. 

Over the next two years, CLC will build $45 million in campus improvements involving major purchases of goods and services beyond the college’s normal business needs. This will include a $40 million expansion of the Lakeshore (Waukegan) Campus, based on funding from the state Capital Development Board. “The Get Connected vendor fair will provide details on all of the procurement opportunities at CLC and how a company can become a vendor for the college,” said Michele Reynolds, the college’s director of purchasing and contracts.  

CLC President Lori Suddick, Ed.D., said, “At the College of Lake County, our highest priorities are advancing student success and strengthening the diverse communities we serve. Part of that mission involves creating strong ties to our local communities and engaging local businesses to further our growth. We look forward to meeting with members of the community at the Get Connected fair as we create new synergies and relationships.”

In addition, attendees will learn about the College’s annual purchasing spend on various goods and services, which totals approximately $25 million. Details are available at These opportunities are available in facilities, from solar panels to masonry and flashing repair, and in other areas, including information technology, professional services (such as athletic trainer) and commodity services, ranging from fire protection testing to media buying.

“With campus upgrades, we’re investing in our students’ future and in the vitality of the Lake County community,” Reynolds added.

DBEs are for-profit small businesses for which socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51 percent interest and also control management and daily business operations.

The college purchases required goods and services in conformance with Illinois state law, state regulations, the Illinois Public Community College Act and related policies and procedures as adopted and approved by the CLC Board of Trustees. Purchases in excess of $25,000 are publicly advertised in accordance with formal bidding procedures.

For more details on the vendor fair, visit or call (847) 543-2084. 

About College of Lake County:

College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordable options in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes,provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We’re proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County.