Buy Pittsburgh First Founder Chantel Goldstrohm.
(Photo Courtesy Pittsburgh Business Times)

There’s power in a purchase. Chantel Goldstrohm urges you to use it wisely.

Goldstrohm is the founder of BuyPittsburgh First, an organization working to connect local industrial suppliers and service providers with other businesses in the region. The goal, she recently explained on WPXI-TV’s Our Region’s Business, (see video here or below) is to keep B2B dollars in the Pittsburgh region, helping individual companies to thrive and spurring overall economic development.

Buy Pittsburgh First is hosting an expo on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the carpenters union’s training center in Robinson Township. The free event will offer participants opportunities to connect in a tradeshow setting. Sustainability Strategist, Scott Zintz will speak at 11:30 a.m.

Buy Pittsburgh First is supported by the Pittsburgh Impact Initiative. That’s an effort by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance to help a unique subset of high-growth firms to thrive. Research indicates such companies are helping create 60-80 percent of all new jobs in the Pittsburgh region, job creation which is helping to bolster the overall economy.

You can register for the expo here.