Business sought from minority firms

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The Lafayette Airport Commission is planning an estimated $150 million in construction projects, including the new terminal and runway improvements, over the next 3-5 years and are looking for minority-owned businesses to complete the work.

Some will be funded with federal dollars, some with state grants and others by the airport commission.

To qualify businesses must be 51 percent minority-owned, and the minority owner must run the daily operations of the business.

An educational meeting will be held Wednesday, April 6 at 5:30 pm and will be repeated on Saturday, April 9 at 10 am at the Clifton Chenier Center, 220 W. Willow Street, Building C.

Representatives from LADOTD, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Small Business Development Center, Southern University Small Business Development Center, Lafayette Regional Airport and Lafayette Consolidated Government’s DBE program will participate. They will discuss what the airport projects include, define what a DBE is and described qualifications for certification, and give an overview of the paperwork needed to apply.

Three weeks later, on Saturday, April 30 at 9 am, also at the Clifton Chenier Center, a workshop will be held where representatives from the educational meeting participants will be available to provide hands-on free help in filling out the DBE application.  Both the meetings and the workshop are free of charge.

For those businesses ready to apply before the workshops, help is available through the Small Business Development Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette – contact Heidi Melancon at 337-482-6312.

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