ORLANDO, FL. – For 15 years the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) has hosted a seminar for local small, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses to learn what it takes to do business at Florida’s busiest airport, Orlando International. This year’s event saw a record-breaking crowd, as over 1,000 small business owners and managers gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on International Drive to network with GOAA and each other to explore ways to grow their businesses.
“Today’s event was an excellent opportunity for small businesses to connect, communicate and grow,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “As Orlando International Airport continues to expand, so does our commitment to investing in local small, women, minority and veteran-owned firms and increasing avenues for working with the Authority and our stakeholders.”
This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Sean Snaith, Director of the University of Central Florida Institute for Economic Forecasting set the stage for the participants, painting a cautiously optimistic but realistic look at the current economic forecast on a global, nationwide and local level.
“Small business has an intrinsic value to our local economy and this is our way of making sure they know what they bring to the table for not only GOAA projects but for business throughout the region, state and country,” says George Morning, Director of Small Business Development for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
Basic MCO Information: With nearly 50 million annual passengers, Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the busiest airport in Florida and 10th busiest in the U.S. MCO is currently engaged in a $4.2 billion Capital Improvement Program to increase capacity and enhance customer convenience.