The City of Montgomery hosted the Small & Minority Business Initiative Symposium on May 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at City Auditorium in City Hall downtown. The symposium was the kick-off for the City’s new initiative to increase the number of small and minority-owned local businesses awarded local government contracts.
“We want to expand opportunity this morning” Judge Price proclaimed to the audience of zealous business owners. He later expounded on the City’s goal to increase small and minority participation in city business 30%.
Department Heads discussed protocol and procedures for how to best secure City/county contracts. “We want to increase the volume of work businesses can do for the city” said Steve Jones, Director of the Department of General Services. This department offers contracts in fleet management and building maintenance.
The date for the next symposium is yet to be determined.
After the symposium department heads stayed to talk to business owners and answer questions. The first step businesses can take to simply call and request to be added to the bid list. For each department, you can contact:
Steve Jones- General Services 334-625-3633
Chris Conway- Public Works 334-625-2696
Scott Miller- Leisure Services 334-625-4742
Robert Smith- Planning 334-625-2218