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SFO Hosts Outreach Event for Small Businesses

“Doing Business at SFO” program reaches small, locally-owned enterprises

On January 25, 2016, SFO hosted an outreach event for small, locally-owned enterprises interested in operating at the Airport.  Titled “Doing Business at SFO”, the two-hour program hosted approximately 150 attendees, including representatives of Chambers of Commerce and industry trade organizations from around the Bay Area.  Guests were provided an overview of upcoming opportunities in the areas of construction, shopping and dining, along with a sharing of success stories from established small business enterprise owners at SFO.

“Our goal is to be an exceptional Airport in service to our communities,” said Airport Director John L. Martin.  “Helping small businesses find success at SFO is an important part of that goal, and gives travelers from around the world exposure to all the diversity, creativity and innovation that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer.”

SFO was among the first airports in the U.S. to establish a small business outreach program, with the creation of a Small Business Affairs office in 1982.  Since then, the Airport has successfully developed strategies to remove barriers to small business participation.  Today, 52% of food, beverage and retail leases at SFO are owned by small and local businesses, and Airport construction projects feature more than 50% participation by Local Business Enterprise subcontractors that are women- or minority-owned.

In 2013, the FAA recognized SFO with its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Advocate and Partner Award.  The award, issued by the Office of Civil Rights, recognized the Airport for its strategies to promote small disadvantaged business participation in construction, professional services, and concession leases.