Save Money, Stay Out of Trouble at #MACoCon

Local hiring practices, bidder communications, contract terms and renewals, oh my! Once many of us just hear the word “procurement,” we shiver and hide.

But this important aspect of public service is experiencing significant innovation, as new technologies replace paper-driven processes to ensure counties get the best bargains while also encouraging business enterprises in an equitable manner. Learn how to make sure your county doesn’t get left behind from experts in the field of shopping for the people.

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Buying Into Your Buyers: How to Save Money, Stay Out of Trouble, and Keep Your Procurement Officer Happy

Description: Perplexed by the world of procurement, and not even sure what questions to ask? Trust us: you’re not alone. The complicated web of public purchasing often leaves many dazed, confused, and baffled by why procurement officers seem like they are always saying “no.” But your purchaser is your partner, and wants to save you money, support your needs, and keep you out of trouble. Join county procurement officers for this session on Purchasing 101 – and learn how to get from “no” to the deals you wanted all along.


  • Cherri Branson, Director, Montgomery County Office of Procurement
  • Erin Sher Smyth, City Purchasing Agent, Baltimore City
  • Nicholas Rice, Purchasing Agent, Wicomico County

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 6, 2017; 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The MACo Winter Conference will be held December 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland. This year the conference’s theme is “The Power of Partnership.”

Learn more about MACo’s 2017 Winter Conference: