May 3, 2023

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -Organizers with the UF hosted what they say is one of the largest business gatherings in the area.

More than 60 exhibitors attended the Small Opportunity Fair to network and have an opportunity to work with UF to grow their businesses.

People entered the Reitz Union Ballroom for the fair featuring hundreds of representatives from small and minority businesses.

Dwan Courtney, the director of UF Small Business and Supplier Diversity department said the goal is to reengage business owners after the pandemic.

“I’m elated that we are re launching our small business opportunity fair, our last one was actually back in 2019,” said Courtney. “One of the initiatives we wanted to take was to let the small business owners know that UF wants to work with you all. We are committed as an institution to working with small businesses.”

Courtney said says they’ll be launching a new program working with landscaping businesses to beautify UF’s campus.

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