Lambert Airport planning 2017 Business Diversity Forum

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Lambert International Airport is looking to partner with qualified businesses and service providers through its third annual Business Diversity Forum, to be held Friday, March 31.

lambertairportlogoThe event is an opportunity to connect with current and potential contractors and learn about future business opportunities at the airport.

The 2017 Business Diversity Forum will feature a keynote address by Krystal J. Brumfield, president and CEO of the Airport Minority Advisory Council, a national organization dedicated to promoting the participation of minority, women-owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises in the multi-billion dollar aviation industry. Brumfield will discuss the vastness of airport contracting nationwide.

This year’s forum is free to attend and runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the B Concourse of Terminal 1. Complimentary parking will be provided for attendees in the Terminal 1 Parking Garage. The Forum is sponsored by the airport’s Business Diversity Development Office. More than 300 people attended last year’s event.

“Our continued growth means an increased need for contractors and service providers to participate in our day-to-day operations,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director of airports. She and other key staff will highlight new contract opportunities at the airport in areas including construction, engineering, maintenance, supplies and materials management, and concessions.

Airport decision makers will facilitate roundtable discussions and Forum attendees will have expanded time to network with business owners who are currently providing services at the airport.

“This year’s theme, Connecting Diversity to New Heights, is very apropos,” noted Amber D. Gooding, assistant director of Community Programs and Business Diversity Development. “The airport’s success means even more opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses to win contracts.”

The forum is a must-attend event for minority and women-owned businesses interested in federal and local certification. Gooding will discuss new initiatives and enhancements to the certification program, as well as how her office can assist businesses with developing the strategic alliances, financial resources, and infrastructure needed to do business at the airport.

    From the Illinois Business Journal

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