Date: Jan 24, 2001
Press Release Number: 11-2001
The Port Authority has released \"Contractors 2001,\" a CD-ROM listing thousands of minority-owned, women-owned and small businesses that have demonstrated the ability to tackle almost any job in the public or private sector. The Port Authority makes the list available to organizations looking for contractors and subcontractors as a way to assist many highly qualified minority-owned, women-owned and small businesses in the region.
\"The Port Authority maintains this database to make sure that the larger contractors working for this agency can take advantage of the high-level skills and entrepreneurship that smaller firms have to offer. This can go a long way in helping smaller businesses to develop professional relationships with prime contractors,\" said Robert E. Boyle, the Port Authority\'s Executive Director. \"We update the information regularly and will give the database to any company looking for top-notch firms to handle their needs.\"
The Port Authority and other public agencies encourage larger contractors to hire minority-owned, women-owned and small companies when they need to use subcontractors or when they develop joint ventures. The database lists contractors according to the type of work performed. This list includes construction companies, security firms, janitorial services, design consultants and specialists in many other fields.
\"All of the companies listed have gone through our stringent certification process to ensure they are at least 51 percent women- or minority-owned, and financially solvent. In addition, references are checked to ensure that they are qualified and have a proven performance track record, and that they meet the applicable insurance requirements,\" said Wilfred Chabrier, General Manager of the agency\'s Office of Business and Job Opportunity.
Small businesses must also meet federal Small Business Administration revenue limit guidelines. The database is refreshed monthly to ensure that the businesses listed have up-to-date certification status.
Since the mid-1970s, the Port Authority\'s Office of Business and Job Opportunity (OBJO) has been assisting minority, women-owned and small companies in acquiring contracts with the agency. OBJO was instrumental in the award of more than 280 contracts, creating about 2,000 new jobs, more than $70 million in wages and nearly $200 million in sales in 1999. Companies seeking a free copy of the CD-ROM, more information on OBJO or inclusion in the database can obtain detailed information and certification forms from the Port Authority\'s website, www.panynj.gov, or by calling 212 435-6511.