Massport and the South Boston Chamber of Commerce will host, Massport Means Business: for Neighborhood Entrepreneurs, an informational business seminar targeted to South Boston small business owners on Thursday, April 14 from 7:30am - 9:00am at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. The informational seminar will provide a comprehensive look at the process Massport employs to purchase goods and services, and the procedures businesses should take to be included in the selection. Representatives from Massport who handle purchasing, construction and leasing will be on hand to answer questions as a means to demystify the process.
“This grassroots approach will emphasize the importance of businesses in the communities in which many of our employees live and work,” said Massport Director of Government and Community Affairs, Thomas J. Butler. “Our commitment to our neighbors is one of our principal goals. At the core is our belief that local businesses must share in the revenue that Massport generates for the regional economy.” “Our organization strives to encourage a healthy economy in South Boston,” said Don Wilson, Interim President, South Boston Chamber of Commerce. “This partnership presents a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate how we can be a resource to all of the business entities within the community and in doing so, hopefully strengthen our membership. I encourage all South Boston business owners to attend the seminar and find out how Massport and the Chamber can assist you,” said Wilson. Like several large business organizations, Massport requires a variety of supplies to operate. Diverse items from computers, catering, photo development, paint, automotive supplies to uniforms are all on Massports purchasing list. Massport also contract’s with landscape professionals, auto mechanics and hardware stores, to list a few. “Massport understands the value of quality service and the convenience that comes with working with a neighborhood business. Our relationship works for my small business too. The on-call contract I have with Massport allows them to get the job done and my business paid in a timely manner,” said Patti Fisher, owner and operator of Broadway Lock. In addition to launching the business seminar, Massport will announce plans to purchase sand and salt, personal computers, computer software, and will contract for photography, moving and relocation services. “This seminar will help local small business owners get better access to Massport purchasing dollars. We hope local businesses will take this opportunity to tell us what their company offers and get on Massport’s vendor list,” said Massport’s Deputy Director of Administration, Mary Ann Bradley.