Community Connections Links Campus Event Organizers and Local Vendors

Posted: October 1, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: September 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm

By Aisha Jamil

You’re planning a university event and you’d like to have local vendors participate. Do you simply start calling around? And how do you avoid calling a business that has already been contacted multiple times by other university offices?

The Office of Community Relations has a solution.

The office recently launched a new community outreach initiative called Community Connections. The program assists local business and community organizations in connecting with the university through advertising and participation in campus events. At the same time, the program helps campus event organizers reach the groups that are eager to get involved with the university.

A database of more than 400 local business, nonprofit, and community organizations that have expressed an interest in participating in specific campus events has been developed and is now available to university event organizers.

A website has been designed to educate the external community about advertising opportunities and annual events available for participation.

Organizations in the community that would like to be included in the Community Connections Database can register through the site. Additionally, the website provides an opportunity for university event organizers to request vendor lists for planning purposes.

“It’s a great service for both our internal and external communities,” says Traci Claar, director of community relations.

“Internally, it will help streamline the process of inviting vendors to campus. Having vendors enhances events and educates the university community about the vast resources available to them in our local community. Externally, it provides a one-stop resource for businesses to learn about marketing opportunities at the university.”

For more information on how to use Community Connections, contact Traci Claar at 703-993-8846 or e-mail her at

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