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PPL Electric Utilities seeks diverse suppliers through meet and greet

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PPL Electric Utilities in Allentown is reaching out to diverse business owners to discuss opportunities for suppliers.
PPL Electric Utilities in Allentown is reaching out to diverse business owners to discuss opportunities for suppliers.

For the second time, PPL Electric Utilities in Allentown is reaching out to diverse business owners to discuss opportunities for suppliers.

It’s asking owners of minority, women, veteran, LGBT and disabled-owned businesses and others to attend an event Nov. 17 to meet PPL officials and learn what kind of goods and services the company needs.

“This is the second time we’ve held a meet and greet event to give diverse businesses more information about PPL and opportunities as suppliers,” said Carol Obando-Derstein, regional affairs director.

She said sometimes small businesses are intimidated at the idea of trying to do business with large companies, and the outreach gives PPL Electric Utilities a chance to reach out to suppliers with a diverse range of backgrounds.

“We believe inclusion makes us a stronger company,” she said.

The free event, which includes lunch, will be held at PPL Conference Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Nov. 17, at PPL Conference Center at Walbert, 1639 Church Road, South Whitehall.

It is open to female, minority, veteran, disabled and LGBT business owners, as well as businesses that are disadvantaged and/or located in a HUBZone, or Historically Underutilized Business Zones as determined by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Those interested in attending should register by Oct. 27 by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/M3Q6RDX.

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