Record attendance at the 14th Annual “How to Do Business with GOAA” event / Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings & GOAA CEO Phil Brown
ORLANDO, FL. – A record-breaking crowd of over 800 small business leaders gathered at the 14th annual “How to Do Business with GOAA” networking event Thursday morning at the Hyatt Regency on International Drive. The theme this year, Connect, Communicate and Grow, as newly elected Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings used the platform to make one of his first official public appearances as Mayor to address the attendees and stress the importance of small business and job creation in the county.
Healthy and successful small businesses and their employees pay taxes and are vital to our community. Small business is the barometer of our healthy, wholesome quality of life for our children and all of our residents," says Jerry Demings, Orange County Mayor. "A lot of our community business success starts with networking events like this."
"As a major economic engine in this region, generating in excess of $31 billion annually, we have helped to create over 1560 small business jobs in Orlando with our south construction projects," says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. "For more than 30 years GOAA staff has fostered and built small business relationships in the community. It is my hope that events like this will further encourage local businesses to share in our growth as the busiest, highest rated in customer satisfaction, airport in the state of Florida."
This year’s event not only focused on the basics of working in the secure airport environment but also encouraged small businesses to network, mentor and work with each other to secure even more lucrative business contracts in fields not limited to construction but in areas such as Information & Technology, janitorial, concessions, professional services and airline support.
"We want to see these small businesses succeed," says George Morning, Director of Small Business for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. "Sessions for our attendees included how to bid for projects, how to build successful small business partnerships, how to work with the primary contractors and most importantly, how to develop business plans and grow resources."
Basic MCO information:
Ranked by J.D. Power "Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Mega Airports" in 2017 & 2018. With more than 46 million annual passengers, MCO is the busiest airport in Florida and 11th busiest in the U.S. MCO has 21,000 badged employees and generates more than $31 billion in revenue for the regional economy. Orlando International Airport strives to value and delight its customers through an airport-wide design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.