Welcome to Memphis International Airport. (Photo: Karanja A. Ajanaku)

Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) is conducting a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) stakeholder informational meeting next Thursday, September 5, at the MSCAA Project Center at 4225 Airways Blvd.

The meeting is billed as a continuation of MSCAA’s Business Diversity Development outreach. It’s set for 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. and will provide an overview for MSCAA’s DBE goal for Fiscal Years 2020-22.

The methodology will examine current and projected projects at MSCAA airports, including Memphis International Airport (MEM), and the associated bids/RFPs/RFQs for that time period. Local, minority-owned and women-owned businesses are invited and encouraged to attend.

The public information meeting will introduce the MSCAA Business Diversity Development team. Ken Weedon & Associates will present the methodology, describe the process, and outline how stakeholders and business owners can participate. Attendees can RSVP at [email protected].

In 2018, Disadvantaged, Minority and Women Business Enterprises (D/M/WBEs) were awarded 30 percent of the $55 million total spent in the areas of construction, professional services and goods & services contracts. That represents an increase of 3 percent in D/M/WBE spending compared to 2017.

In addition, MSCAA spent 69 percent of its total $55M with local businesses in the Memphis Metro Statistical Area.

“Minority, women-owned, and disadvantaged businesses are a strength to our community, and our economy needs these businesses to grow and prosper,” said Scott Brockman, MSCAA President and CEO. “This meeting will provide valuable information about doing business with the airport.”

The 2018 MSCAA Business Diversity Annual Report can be found at http://bit.ly/MEMBDDreport2018 and testimonials from MSCAA Business Diversity Development businesses are featured at http://bit.ly/BDDtestimonials2018.