2018 Reverse Trade Fair

Date: October 4, 2018

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Denver PPA Event Center

  2105 Decatur Street
  Denver, CO 80211

Thank you to the 2018 Reverse Trade Fair Exhibitors!

Click here to download the 2018 Reverse Trade Fair Vendor Directory

Did you attend the 2018 Reverse Trade Fair? Click here to complete a brief event survey.

Exhibitor Registration has closed for this event.

Waitlist space is being offered and will be honored in the order received.

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Exhibitor Package Includes:

  • Skirted exhibit table
  • Two chairs
  • Inclusion in 2018 vendor directory
  • Access to electricity
  • Access to wi-fi

If the answer to your question is not available in the provided FAQ information, please contact the Office of Business Diversity at

General Admission registration open.

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There is no cost to attend this event. A vendor directory will be provided on the day of the event at the registration table.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to participate?

This event is free to participate in; There is no charge to exhibit or attend this event.

When is vendor set up?

Vendors will be allowed into the venue at 7:00 am to load in and set up their space. If additional time is needed, please contact the Office of Business Diversity (OBD) to make arrangements prior to arriving on the day of the event.

Click here to email the Office of Business Diversity

Who should attend the Reverse Trade Fair (RTF)?

The primary audience for this event are construction and construction related service vendors. That said, all are welcome.

Prime contractors will include the following district prequalification lists and departments.

  • 2016 General Contractors
  • Awarded A&E firms for 2019 project catalog
  • Project Managers
  • Facility Management
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Construction Services

What is the vendor directory?

A directory of the vendors exhibiting in the Reverse Trade Fair will be provided on site for prime contractors, event attendees and DPS buyers to take with them and reference as they prepare for the upcoming construction season.

Important note: the vendor directory can only be attained via email in event preparation materials for prime contractors or on site during the event.

No exceptions will be made.

What is included in the vendor directory?

Vendors exhibiting in the Reverse Trade Fair will have their information added to the 2018 RTF Vendor Directory. The information will be distributed to prime contractors, event attendees and DPS buyers and will include:

  • Company Name
  • Product/Service Description
  • Point of Contact information
  • Types of Goods and Services (Example: Subcontractor – Design, Professional Goods, Architectural Services)
  • Certification held

How many people attended last year's event?

Over 70 vendors and 225 people attended the 2017 Reverse Trade Fair.

Is there food and beverage at this event?

Denver Public Schools’ offers light refreshments inside the venue including assorted beverages and snack items.

Food trucks will be available on site for attendees that would like a more substantial meal.

2018 Reverse Trade Fair

Presented by the Denver Public Schools' Office of Business Diversity

The Reverse Trade Fair (RTF) is an annual event offered by the Denver Public Schools’ Office of Business Diversity. The RTF offers local vendors an opportunity to participate in the largest connection event hosted for Construction trades in the school district.

The RTF is free to exhibit at and participate in but space is limited. The purpose of this event is to showcase local talent and to help Denver Business owners develop beneficial relationships/partnerships while connecting with DPS Prime contractors and department representatives.

Attendees and Exhibitors are encouraged to send senior staff with an intricate knowledge of your companies capabilities and work experience to maximize the interactions with the Prime contractors and DPS decision makers that will be in attendance.

Over 80 vendors will be participating in the 2018 Reverse Trade Fair.

Exhibitors represent vendors in the following areas:

  • Architectural and Interior Design Services
  • Casework and custom woodwork
  • Concrete Work
  • Concrete Pumping
  • Construction Clean Up
  • Construction Materials
  • Construction Recycling
  • Doors
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • DurAlt Fuel Conditioner
  • Electrical
  • Environmental Abatement
  • Erosion Control
  • Flooring
  • General Contractor
  • Interior Demolition
  • Legal Services
  • Lighting
  • Masonry
  • Marketing Services
  • Material Testing
  • Mechanical Contractors
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical and Pipe Insulation
  • Office essentials
  • Painting
  • Promotional Products
  • Printing (Site signage)
  • Roller shades, drapery and SecurShade
  • Roofing
  • Shelving
  • Surveying
  • Swamp Management
  • TAP-it®
  • Uniforms and Apparel
  • Website & Videography services
  • Windows
  • Wireless Technology
  • Workforce Solutions

Representatives from the following DPS departments will be on-site:

  • Career Connect
  • Construction Services
  • Facilities Management
  • Planning
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Safety
  • Strategic Sourcing (Construction Services)
  • Strategic Sourcing (Goods and Services)

Community Resource Partners and applicable certification agencies will be on-site

  • City and County of Denver – Division of Small Business Opportunity
  • City and County of Denver – General Services Purchasing Division
  • Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Minority Business Development Agency
  • RTD
  • U.S. Small Business Administration – Surety Bond Guarantee Program
  • U.S. Small Business Administration – 8(a) Program
  • Women Business Enterprise Council – West

2017 DPS Reverse Trade Fair Video Clip

Denver PPA Event Center Map