Rowan gives lesson to local businesses

Rowan gives lesson to local businesses


GLASSBORO - Borough business leaders went back to school yesterday for a lesson in how to do business with Rowan University.

Representatives from about 90 of Glassboro's 550 businesses gathered at Rowan's Wilson Hall for a daylong workshop, learning how to get on the university's vendor list and how to get extra help from student interns.

The seminar was part of Rowan's effort to transform Glassboro into a bustling college town, university leaders said. One way Rowan can do that is by fostering relations with merchants, they said.

Rowan president Donald Farish "realizes the success of a university has a lot to do with the success of the host town," said Philip Tumminia, Rowan's executive vice president for university development. "This was an opportunity for us to say, 'Hey, we're here, and we'd like to do business. It will be good for you and good for us.' "

Keeping the university's money in local circulation will improve the quality of life for Rowan and Glassboro, said Rita Towner, president of the borough's Chamber of Commerce, a cosponsor of the event.

Some merchants forget about the university market or find the purchasing process too complicated, said Keith Duke, the university's director of purchasing. He explained state bidding requirements and recommended that small-business owners fill out the paperwork to get registered with the state and the university.

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Date Published: Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 09:18
Source URL: The Philadelphia Inquirer