More than 500 local small, minority and female owned business leaders listen as GOAA Executive Director Phil Brown opens the event
ORLANDO, FL. – Bigger than ever, with more diversified information and presentations, the 12th annual How to Do Business with GOAA event attracted over 500 small, minority and women business owners to the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel. The attendees were provided an update on airport passenger growth, operations and opportunities for business development.
“We have $3.1 billion in construction taking place here at Orlando International Airport. That means opportunities for jobs and economic growth,” says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
“Program’s like this not only open dialogue between small businesses and the Authority, it also hopefully opens the doors of business relationships with other companies in our area.”
That was a sentiment echoed by GOAA Chief Operating Officer Stan Thornton. “I can assure you that the Authority and our Small Business Department is serious about helping small and minority firms succeed. Because when they succeed, we all succeed throughout the community.”
New this year to the event was a focus on youth in aviation with a flight simulation station operated by local students and a high-tech display showcasing robotics and their practical applications in various fields.
Attendees were offered information ranging from how to receive a badge to work in the airport environment, to how to receive certification and bonding for various construction and non-construction projects around the airport.
Basic MCO information:
Orlando International Airport (MCO), serves more than 41 million passengers annually, of which over 13 percent are international. MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and has more than 18,000 badged employees and generates over $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. In its ongoing efforts to value and delight its customers, MCO has embarked on a series of Capital Improvements valued at over $3.1 billion and has approved designing a new South Terminal project all aimed at enhancing The Orlando Experience®.