More than 250 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of local, minority, and women-​​owned busi­nesses pitched their goods and ser­vices to pro­cure­ment pro­fes­sionals at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity on Wednesday afternoon.

The net­working event was held in the Curry Stu­dent Center Ball­room and cohosted by North­eastern and the Sup­plier Diver­sity Office, a state agency ded­i­cated to pro­moting minority-​​owned busi­nesses and non­profit organizations.

The ball­room was packed with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of some two-​​dozen insti­tu­tions ranging from North­eastern to the Dana-​​Farber Cancer Insti­tute, all of whom attended the event in order to build working rela­tion­ships with minority-​​owned busi­nesses leaders.

Most of the local busi­ness owners who attended the event were looking to expand for one reason or another. Robert Scott, who owns a glass repair com­pany based in Boston’s Hyde Park neigh­bor­hood, noted his desire to increase his clien­tele in order to pro­vide finan­cial sta­bility for his employees.

I employ young guys who want to have fam­i­lies,” he explained. “This is for them.”

His pitch to poten­tial clients is simple: “We’ve been around for a long time, and we have the expe­ri­ence to do the job.”

Pro­cure­ment pro­fes­sionals such as Gerald Inman, director of pur­chasing for the Went­worth Insti­tute of Tech­nology, spent the after­noon talking shop with busi­ness owners like Scott.

We’re trying to increase the aware­ness of diverse ven­dors in the com­mu­nity,” Inman explained. “Many insti­tu­tions are set in their ways,” he added, “and we want to break that cycle by exposing people to what’s out there.”

Jonathan Talley, the facil­i­ties oper­a­tions busi­ness man­ager at Suf­folk Uni­ver­sity, agreed with Inman, noting that minority busi­ness owners deserve the oppor­tu­nity to show­case their goods and services.

He char­ac­ter­ized the net­working event as a “good oppor­tu­nity to meet ven­dors and build rela­tion­ships,” per­haps one of which would turn into a long-​​lasting partnership.

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson addressed procurement professionals and local business owners on Wednesday at Northeastern.

Boston City Coun­cilor Tito Jackson addressed pro­cure­ment pro­fes­sionals and local busi­ness owners on Wednesday at Northeastern.

Eighty-​​five per­cent of today’s jobs are obtained through net­working, according to Boston City Coun­cilor Tito Jackson, who addressed atten­dees midway through the event. “It’s impor­tant to have insti­tu­tions like North­eastern opening their doors to minority-​​owned busi­nesses,” Jackson said. “Building a busi­ness that can be passed down through gen­er­a­tions is how you build wealth in the com­mu­nity,” he added.

In his remarks, Regi­nald Nun­nally, the exec­u­tive director of the SDO, praised minority busi­ness owners as “major con­trib­u­tors to the economy of Mass­a­chu­setts.” The state’s minority and women-​​owned busi­nesses gross more than $13 bil­lion a year, he said, a sum big enough to rival more than half of the nation’s For­tune 500 companies.