Caesars and Suffolk Downs host local business owners

Caesars Entertainment and Suffolk Downs this week entertained an audience whose support is critically important to the developers’ casino plans—local business owners.

The developers hosted a forum on Wednesday to brief potential vendors and partners about opportunities to do business with a proposed casino at the East Boston racetrack. The event was the first in a series, which continues at the Reggie Lewis Center at Roxbury Community College on September 10 and at the Marriott hotel in Peabody on September 11.

“We are very proud of the success of our local business partnership program and our commitment to supplier diversity across our network, and look forward to bringing that approach to Greater Boston should we earn the gaming license,” said John Payne, president, Central Markets and Partnership Development for Caesars Entertainment, in a statement.

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In addition to Caesars representatives, the developers brought in businesspeople who provide products or services to the casino chain at other locations, including restaurateurs, a bottled-water supplier and a waste recycler.

Diane Modica, president of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce, praised the developers’ outreach to the local business community. “Hearing directly from Caesars representatives and their business partners in other cities is very valuable to our members,” Modica said in a statement.

Caesars and Suffolk Downs have proposed a $1 billion casino resort at the track. A development of that scale will spend more than $150 million a year on goods and services, according to the developers.