ORLANDO, FL. – Hundreds of local, small business owners learned how to access millions of dollars in potential contracts at Orlando International Airport. The 5th annual “How to do Business with GOAA” event gave participants direct access to GOAA staff in business and construction.
The program addressed numerous topics including legal issues, purchasing, capital improvement, insurance, bonding, documentation, construction and security. “This event keeps in line with the long successful history the Authority has established of seeking to develop, maintain and provide opportunities to local and developing businesses while continuing our goal of diversity and inclusion in all airport business activities,” said Cesar
Calvet, Treasurer of the Board of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
A recurring theme from participating businesses was the sometimes challenging and different system of working within the guidelines required by GOAA. “Working with the airport isn’t always the easiest thing to do. We have federal, state, county and city rules and regulations to follow, but we do want to encourage small business to participate,” says Steve Gardner, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
“The event’s goal was to help small business, including women and minority owned, learn what is available at the airport in the future and how to access those potential contracts through four programs we administer including, Local Developing Business, Minority and Women Business Enterprise, Airport Concessions Disadvantage Business Enterprise and the Disadvantage Business Enterprise programs,” said Michelle Tatom, Director of Small Business Development at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
GOAA Executive Director Steve Gardner welcomes attendees to 5th annual conference
In a new feature this year, business owners were also granted the opportunity to participate in an innovative approach to make business contacts in the community. A “speed dating” style session was held to give businesses face-to-face contact with potential business partners at Orlando International Airport.
Participants take part in “Speed Dating” to make business contacts
During fiscal year 2008 small business participated in generating 62 million dollars in concessions and rental car programs.
For more information contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.
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