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EIU Plans Opportunity Fair in Effingham


Eastern Illinois University President Bill Perry, along with the university’s Department of Procurement, Disbursements and Contract Services, invites business owners and citizens from Effingham and surrounding counties to the EIU Opportunity Fair.

The event will take place between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Thelma Keller Convention Center, located at 1202 N. Keller Dr. in Effingham.

The fair is designed to raise awareness of university procurement procedures and business development, as well as existing services and valuable outreach programs that Eastern offers to nurture student excellence and enrich personnel growth.  In other words, “What can EIU do for you and what can you do for EIU?”

Key personnel from business areas of interest may include, but not be limited to, catering, facilities maintenance and operations, office and janitorial supplies, construction services, information technology, printing, landscaping, medical equipment and supplies, and professional services.  Personnel from educational areas of interest may include, but not be limited to, WEIU TV/FM, Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education & Development (SEED), and Continuing Education’s Academy of Lifelong Learning.

In addition to the president, the fair will include Paul McCann, Eastern’s interim vice president for business affairs; Kay McElwee, director of procurement, disbursements and contract services; and local government officials.

For information and/or to register as a guest, please contact Penny Walk at 217-581-7749,, or Deb Smith at 217-581-7745,  Registration is preferred, but not required. Admission is free and ample parking is available.



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Josh Reinhart, Public Information Coordinator

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Charleston, IL 61920
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