FEMA and State officials join with Minority Chamber to address post-Irma small business opportunities

OCT 5 FEMA EVENTThe Miami office of the Minority Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is hosting an exclusive conference to provide vendors with the resources necessary to identify and pursue Federal solicitations – specifically with FEMA in managing the Puerto Rico and Key West recovery.

Entitled “Doing Business with FEMA – Region 2 & 4,” the MCC conference features the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at MCC’s World Trade Center at 1951 NW 7 Ave., Miami, Florida 33136,  Oct. 5, 8 – 10:30 a.m. Fee for MCC members is $75; and $95 for non-members.

The conference features guest speaker Annette Wright, Regional Supervisory Contracting Officer-FEMA, who will encourage local and regional members, along with business owners, to apply for contracting opportunities that are now available for those two areas hardest-hit by the September 2017 hurricanes.

FEMA will present contracts to re-build temporary housing, infrastructure, and other collateral damages in Puerto Rico and Key West. MCC members and non-members are invited to submit proposals while in attendance at the conference.

MCC Miami Offices at 1951 NW 7th Ave., Suite 600.

MCC Miami Offices at 1951 NW 7th Ave.

Several Florida State officials also will address conference attendees, including:

  • Russell Marcus, Chief of Business and Economic Incentives for the Department of Economic Opportunity;
  • Larry McInytre of the Department of Economic Opportunity; and
  • Beverly Byerts of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

According to Doug Mayorga, CEO of the MCC , “As a priority effort to bring economic recovery for our members and the local business community , this is a great opportunity to discuss face-to-face contracting developments for Puerto Rico and Key West.”

Separate announcements are posted at FedBizOpps at www.fbo.gov. One announcement is for small, disadvantaged businesses-certified as 8(a) firms by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and one is for small businesses. Each announcement contains four RFPs, one for each affected community.

MCC Miami Offices at 1951 NW 7th Ave.Small businesses are those firms that do not exceed an average of $30 million in annual gross receipts over the past three years. Small disadvantaged businesses are 8(a) firms certified by the SBA under Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act. For more information on Section 8(a) businesses, wisit their website.

MCC-SealIn order to reach Puerto Rico and Key Weston contracting with FEMA, Preferred members will gain access for one-on-one with senior contractors. “Doing Business with FEMA – Region 2 & 4” will take place at MCC’s World Trade Center at 1951 NW 7 Ave., Miami, Florida 33136. For information and to register for the conference, contact MCC by calling 786-406-2190 or via e-mail.


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