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A hand up for small contractors


NOTE:  This post from Ambassablogger Sjohnna is perfectly timed for the nationwide observance of Veteran’s Day taking place tomorrow, November 11, 2008.

During these challenging economic times, it’s great to see the Airport Authority step up and offer a “hand up” to the contracting community. Recently, San Diego International Airport kicked off a new program called the Bonding & Contract Financing Assistance Program. It is designed to increase the capacity and competitiveness of local, small, disadvantaged, minority/women-owned and disabled veteran contractors interested in doing work at the airport.

The program provides bonding and working capital guarantees for small contractors bidding on work at the airport. In addition, it offers technical assistance to help contractors understand unique items about working at the airport, such as badging, airside and secure environment requirements, and specialized training needs.

It even includes training courses such as:

  • Understanding Prevailing Wages
  • Developing Your Safety Plan
  • Hands-On Quick Books for Contractors
  • How to Read a Financial Statement

This program is the first of its kind in the San Diego region. However, it is not a new concept in the airport or othersjohnna industries. The firm that administrates the Program, Merriwether & Williams, has operated similar programs at the San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles World Airports.

So if you know of anyone who works in the construction community and is interested in bidding on work at San Diego International Airport, please let them know about our program!


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