Behavioral Health Network, Inc. (BHN) recently hosted a Facilities Vendor Fair and Networking Event at the organization’s Liberty Street Campus, with more than 30 local contractors and tradespeople in attendance.
Photos from BHN’s Vendor Fair can be found here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/nT952rUTD2FMeAKe9]
This is the first event of its kind that BHN has hosted, with the goal of forming connections with local, diverse vendors, including women and veteran-owned businesses, for upcoming projects, while also providing an opportunity for vendors to network with one another.
State Representative Carlos Gonzalez and Springfield City Councilors Jesse Lederman, Council President, and Malo Brown were in attendance and all offered remarks during the event, along with BHN Executive Vice President Jessica DeFlumer and Facilities Director Dejuan Brown.
During the event, attendees learned about BHN vendor needs, upcoming projects, and the organization’s procurement process. Vendors also had the opportunity to set up their own tables to network.
Those in attendance included general contractors and individuals and companies specializing in: abatement; carpentry; demolition; drywall; electric; flooring; glass/windows; HVAC; landscaping; painting; plumbing; restoration; and roofing.
BHN serves about 45,000 individuals annually and has a portfolio of over 100 properties across Western Massachusetts, some owned and some leased, with expectations of repair and maintenance.
Addressing the vendors at the Fair, DeFlumer said, “At any time, any one of us, or someone we love, could need to receive care at a BHN facility. In your worst moment, we want the facility that receives you, to be aesthetically beautiful, calming, and designed with your needs in mind.
“BHN wants partners who respect and embody our social justice values and bring diversity–racial, ethnic, gender, diversity of perspective and experience to the table. We want you to embrace that your contributions as general contractors, electricians, architects, plumbers will help make it possible for more people to embrace recovery, live independently, and realize their fullest potential.”
Vendors who were unable to attend the event and would like to be considered for future projects or learn more about BHN’s procurement process, visit l.ead.me/bhnvendor to complete a vendor form.