Date: Feb 14, 2001
Press Release Number: 17-2001
Small, minority and women-owned businesses can get advice on doing business with major financial institutions and public agencies, and meet the decision-makers who can help win major accounts, at the fourth Annual Opportunities Clearinghouse sponsored by the Regional Alliance for Small Contractors. The Federal Small Business Administration and major public and private sponsors will host this year\'s event.
\"This clearinghouse promises to be the biggest and best,\" said Earle J. Walker, Director of the Regional Alliance. \"More than 350 small, minority and women business owners are expected to be there to enhance their knowledge of bonding, financing and contracting procedures, and to learn innovative ways to improve business. Any contractor looking for this kind of valuable information should plan to attend.\"
The event will take place on March 1, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 290 Broadway, in lower Manhattan across from 26 Federal Plaza. It will give participating contractors the opportunity to meet representatives of sponsoring organizations while enjoying a continental breakfast. Participants also will view exhibits filled with information on how to do business with these sponsors, learn about future regional capital programs and receive a comprehensive resource book featuring tips on dealing with major construction companies.
The cost to attend is $35 per person if registration is mailed before February 20 to One World Trade Center, Suite 2135, New York, N.Y. 10048. The cost at the door will be $50. Checks must be made out to the Fund for the City of New York. Applications can be faxed to 212 435-6187.
Major sponsors include The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the AirRail Transit Consortium, Bovis Lend Lease, Columbia University, Con Edison, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority, JFK-IAT/LCOR, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NJ Transit, the New York City Department of Business Services, the New York City Housing Authority, the New York City School Construction Authority, the New York State Department of Transportation, the Federal Small Business Administration, St. John\'s University, Turner Construction and the Washington Group International.
The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors was created in 1991 through a partnership between public and private organizations in the construction industry, under the leadership of the Port Authority. Its purpose is to help small, minority and women-owned businesses improve their ability to compete for construction-related contracts in the New York/New Jersey area. The Alliance provides financial, technical, management and marketing support; promotes policies that strengthen the regional construction industry; and works to increase the representation of minorities and women in ownership and management positions at participating firms.
For more information about the clearinghouse and the Regional Alliance for Small Contractors, contact Robert Seidel at 212 435-6506.