JAXPORT and Manson Construction Co. hosted a free procurement training seminar today for small businesses interested in doing business with JAXPORT and other Northeast Florida public agencies.
The seminar, held at JAXPORT’s Cruise Terminal, focused on strategies for writing a successful bid proposal. Attendees also had the chance to network and learn about open bid opportunities at JAXPORT, the City of Jacksonville and other area agencies.
JAXPORT is committed to promoting equal access to all capital and procurement contracts. Over the past three years, JAXPORT payments for work by certified Jacksonville Small and Emerging Businesses (JSEB) have topped $12.4 million, accounting for an average of 12 percent of the port’s overall contract payments per year.
“We want to be at the forefront of ensuring that small businesses are included in everything we’re doing at JAXPORT,” said JAXPORT Board member Dr. John Newman. “As cargo volumes continue to grow, the opportunities available to small businesses expands as well, creating jobs and prosperity for our community.”
“JAXPORT provides many great opportunities for small businesses,” said Steve Davis, Jr. from C&ES Consultants, Inc., a JSEB-certified business. “Training seminars like this one are extremely helpful in helping us make the connections necessary to reach our goals and grow as a company.”
JAXPORT.com carries a list of open port vendor opportunities along with the links to opportunities at other public agencies, including the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, JEA, Jacksonville Transportation Authority and the Duval County School Board.