March 2020 Issue of Buyways Print

President's Report











And a great time for us to celebrate the value that we contribute to our respective organizations.  We have several observances planned for you:

I Will Celebrate You: I am offering to send a letter to the leadership at your entity encouraging them to acknowledge Public Procurement Month.  If you would like for me to do so, please let me know by COMPLETING THE REQUEST FORM on our website. Follow the link for more information.

I Love Procurement Because: The Forum Committee is asking that you please tell the world why you love procurement in this month's social media campaign. COMPLETE THE FORM expressing your admiration for our great profession, take a picture with it and place it on your Facebook or Linked-In page, tagging SCAGPO and be entered to win a Pre-Forum Prize Package including a golf, registration, bowling registration and 1 night's stay at the Forum.

Governor's Proclamation: Governor McMaster has declared March as Procurement Month.  We have placed a copy for you online.  Please print and/or share with others at your entity.




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Community Service

The focus for this month's charitable project is Harvest Hope Food Bank's Peanut Butter Drive. 

Harvest Hope is looking to the community to "Spread the Love" and donate 1,000 jars of peanut butter.  It is one of the most frequently requested items by food banks because it is kid-friendly, shelf stable, and protein rich. Please join us as we contribute to the collection; and remember to purchase plastic jars!

Harvest Hope has also set up a special donation site for SCAGPO supporters  who prefer to make monetary donations:

The mission of Harvest Hope Food Bank is to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion, and education.  They began in 1981 as a result of a shared vision of business leaders and the faith community who set out to provide for the hungry in Columbia.  Since then, Harvest Hope has increased its mission to feed the hungry across 20 counties of South Carolina. Harvest Hope distributed over 22.9 million meals last year and fed approximately 40,425 people a week.

Thank you for your continued support of our charitable projects. Your contributions this month will go to a great cause.  From their simple beginnings, Harvest Hope has continuted to increase the scope of its operations and now provides food, comfort, and hope to hungry individuals and families in the Midlands, Pee Dee, and Greater Greenville regions of South Carolina.



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Professional Development Updates

Members have a number of training options available to them at this time:

SCAGPO is sponsoring our Spring Quarterly Training event on March 12.  Registration includes a full day, our member meeting, and lunch.  PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE for more information.

SCAGPO is also hosting a number of NIGP Courses.  There are currently 7 scheduled and more requested.  Please visit NIGP's website for a list and information regarding each course.

Are you preparing to test for UPPCC Certification?  The City of North Charleston is hosting a study session led by Jim Davis.  There is a nominal fee associated with the training event.  Please visit our website for more information.

SFAA's Division of Procurement Services  is currently accepting registrations for several of their courses.  Please visit their website for more information.



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Other News


Please remember to visit SCAGPO's website for career opportuntities at our Member agencies.  Recent openings include:

  • The University of South Carolina
  • Dorchester County
  • Richland County School District One
  • Beaufort County

Reverse Trade Shows

Members are encouraged to please register for our Reverse Trade Shows in Lexington and North Charleston.  These events are critical for our small business community to connect with government agencies and cannot be a success without your help.  Registration is now open. Please share this information with your vendors.  There is no cost for procurement professionals.

Pre-Forum Events

Registration is now available for our Golf and Bowling tournaments.  Marketing materials are located online.  These events are opened for members and guests.  Please share with others.

We Need More Mentors

If you are interested in giving back to our great profession, mentorship is a great way to do so.  Please consider helping to develop our future leaders.  For more information, please visit the Mentor Page of our website.



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