Local businesses who may have shied away from providing goods or services to government organizations are encouraged to attend a Building Business Rally on Tuesday.
Officials from the largest agencies in Cumberland and Hoke counties will be at the event, which is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. in the Horace Sisk Gym on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College.
Fayetteville’s Public Works Commission is hosting the rally. Other organizations participating include Cape Fear Valley Health, Cumberland County, Cumberland County Schools, Hoke County, the city of Fayetteville, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Hope Mills, Spring Lake, and the state Department of Transportation.
The organizations spend millions of dollars on goods and services, said PWC spokeswoman Carolyn Justice-Hinson. Some business might be hesitant to seek business with government organizations, she said.
“It sounds ominous, but it’s not,” she said.
The rally is believed to be the first time all the organizations have come together to talk to businesses about the services and products they need. Some organizations might not know about services and products that are available from local businesses, Justice-Hinson said.
“Obviously, this is where we would prefer to do business,” she said, referring to local options.
Justice-Hinson said PWC officials made a list of ways that the agency spends money. The list has about 100 goods and services, including pressure washing, building fences, catering, gravel, fire alarms and employee assistance.
“It’s for every business,” she said. “It’s not just for people who are building stuff.”
Preregistration is not required, but about 125 businesses have signed up to attend, Justice-Hinson said.
“I’m excited to see we have such a diverse group already pre-register,” she said. “It’s giving them a chance to promote their business.”
Organizations that support businesses through financial and qualification assistance also will be at the rally. They include the Small Business Administration, the state’s Procurement and Technical Assistance Center, the Small Business Technology Center administered by N.C. State University, the Veterans Business Outreach Center and the Small Business Center from Fayetteville Tech, N.C. Military Business Center, the Capital Loan Program and the Women’s Business Center from the Center for Economic Empowerment & Development, and the Greater Fayetteville Chamber.
Business seminars are scheduled with topics that include “How to Fund your Opportunity,” “Certification Readiness Class,” “How to be a Sub-Contractor” and “Learning about Capability Statements.”
Anyone who wants more information about the rally or wants to preregister should go to faybids.com.
Staff writer Steve DeVane can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 486-3572.