Building Business Rally- May 22

Event brings business opportunities and resources together to help businesses grow


FAYETTEVILLE, NC–Each year, millions of dollars are spent annually by our local municipalities, governmental units and universities on a wide range of service, supply and equipment needs. However, they want to do more and are reaching out to local businesses and prospective businesses with that message.

On Tuesday, May 22, from 3-7 pm at the Horace Sisk Gym on the Fayetteville Technical Community College Campus, purchasing and procurement representatives for Cumberland and Hoke County’s largest agencies will come together for the largest local Building Business Rally ever. The event was created as the agencies have been working on a collective effort to educate and engage local business on how to do business with their organizations and the types of goods and services are needed. All local business should attend because it will bring business opportunities and resources together to help them grow through connecting with those agencies and providing networking opportunities to build business with other local companies as well.

“This event will create a one-stop shop for local businesses to see all the opportunities that are available to them, “ said Wilson Lacy of the Cumberland County Schools, one of the participating organizations in the Rally .

The Building Business Rally will offer information on the millions of dollars of opportunity for local businesses. Cumberland County Schools estimates spending $10 million a year on instructional and custodial supplies, Information technology and construction while the Town of Hope Mills projects that over the next five years, it will spend over $34 million on facilities, public works, transportation, public safety, storm water and cultural and recreation projects.

“I am excited to promote local spending for our municipal contracts,” said Hope Mills Mayor, Jackie Warner. “Hope Mills will be impacted as dollars spent by local contractors at other businesses recirculate. Also, the impact of the additional consumer spending as employees, business owners and others spend their income in the Hope Mills economy. Our community is growing and what better way to grow our economy than to spend locally.”

Increasing vendor engagement and capacity is another area the Public Works Commission, a participating organization, hopes to achieve through the event. “It is not unusual to have work that needs to be done but little or no businesses to do it,“ said Darsweil Rogers, a member of the PWC Board. “A good example of that challenge is a few years ago when we wanted to speed up sewer installation in the annexed areas of the City. We could not speed up the projects because we did not have sufficient capacity of contractors to do the work.”

Organizations participating in the Building Business Rally include Cape Fear Valley, Cumberland County, Cumberland County Schools, Hoke County, City of Fayetteville, Fayetteville State, Fayetteville Tech, Hope Mills, PWC, NCDOT and Spring Lake.

There will also be a large number of organizations that support businesses through financial and qualification assistance including the Small Business Administration (HUB), NC Procurement & Technical Assistance Center, Small Business Technology Center, Veteran’s Business Outreach Center, Women’s Business Center, FTCC Small Business Center, North Carolina Military Business Center, CEED Capital Loan Program and the Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

Business seminars will also be held at the Rally with topics that include: How to Fund your Opportunity, Certification Readiness Class, How to be a Sub-Contractor and Learning about Capability Statements.

The event is free and open to suppliers, professional service providers, and prime and sub-contractors of all sizes. So join Fayetteville/Cumberland County’s largest purchasing and procurement representatives to learn how your business can get their business! Pre-registration is encouraged at www.faybids.com.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
FTCC Horace Sisk Gym – 2201 Hull Rd, Fayetteville
3 pm-7 pm
Business Breakout Sessions (4 pm & 6 pm) & a plan room
Breakout sessions offered by: NCDOA HUB Office, NC Procurement & Technical Assistance Center, CEED Capital Loan Program and The Institute
Pre-registration and event information: www.faybids.com