ORLANDO, FL. – Nearly 500 business leaders from more than 328 companies turned out for the 11th annual How to do Business with GOAA event at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel. The event showcases Orlando International Airports Small Business Programs, which have been in place since 1980.
“The goal of the day is to help these smaller and minority owned firms learn how to access our resources so that they can possibly share in the growth we are experiencing at Orlando International Airport,” says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “With our award-winning small business programs we can guarantee them a fair opportunity and a level playing field.”
“We have nearly $3 billion in projects planned and or underway at Orlando International Airport and it’s important that local firms know how to participate, which benefits the regional economy,” says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, “In fact, last year local small businesses participating in concessions, rental cars, construction and engineering programs received about $100 million and that went back into the local economy.”
Attendees also participated in a “Speed Dating” networking-event and congratulated this year’s Rising Star and Advocates award winners for their success in working with GOAA. This year’s winners included Axios Construction Services, Eco Preserve, JMATT Construction Services, Quality Cable Contractors, South East Business Services, H.W. Davis Construction, Orlando Business Telephone Systems and URS Corporation.
Basic MCO information:
Orlando International Airport (MCO), serves nearly 37 million annual passengers, of which 12.5 percent are international. MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and has approximately 18,000 badged employees and generates $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. In its ongoing efforts to value and delight its customers, Orlando International Airport has embarked on a series of Capital Improvements valued at over $1.3 billion and has approved designing a new South Terminal project all aimed at enhancing The Orlando Experience.®