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San Diego Airport’s Networking Event Benefits Small Businesses

Linking Small, Local, and Disadvantaged Businesses to Opportunities with San Diego International Airport and Prime Contractors through a Complimentary Event 

The esteemed San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is set to host “Meet the Primes,” – a noteworthy event taking place on September 7, 2023, from 5-7 p.m., at the prestigious Balboa Park Club Ballroom, located at 2150 Pan American West Road in San Diego. 

This event, facilitated by the Airport Authority’s Small Business Development Program, is an annual complimentary networking event. The unique concept behind “Meet the Primes” is establishing connections between the business community and various entities, including San Diego International Airport (SAN), prime contractors and concessionaires, public agencies, banks, businesses and financial support services, and regional partners. 

An Exceptional Networking Opportunity: The “Meet the Primes” Event Hosted by San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Attendees will receive insights about construction, concession, and professional service opportunities and gain awareness about regional teaming, partnership, contracting opportunities, and invaluable resources by networking with prime contractors and Airport Authority departments at exhibitor booths. Furthermore, attendees can forge business relationships and gain critical information about conducting business at SAN from the Airport Authority, its partners and stakeholders, small business support service centers in San Diego, and other public agencies.

“Meet the Primes is a great opportunity to learn how to do business with the Airport Authority and our partners,” said Kimberly Becker, Airport Authority President and CEO. “This event provides useful information to small, local, veteran, and underrepresented businesses looking to grow their operation in an airport environment. We hope business owners will join us for this valuable networking event.” 

CEO Encourages Participation in “Meet the Primes” Networking Event

Since its inception in 2015, “Meet the Primes” has evolved to become the Airport Authority’s biggest annual business networking event, attracting over 300 participants annually. The forthcoming “Meet the Primes” represents the first in-person delivery since prior to the pandemic and is a part of the Airport Authority’s endeavors to bolster the participation of small, local, veteran, and under-represented businesses in contracts with the Airport Authority and its partners. 

Registrations are currently being accepted at SANPrimes23.eventbrite.com; where detailed information about the exhibitors can be found. For additional information about the Airport Authority’s Small Business Development Program, kindly visit san.org/smallbusiness. 

Exhibitors Participating in “Meet the Primes” Event

  • San Diego International Airport Departments: Small Business Development, Airport Design & Construction, Airport Planning, Facilities Management, Quieter Home Program, Human Resources, I&TS, Labor Compliance, Marketing, Arts, & Air Service Development, and Procurement.
  • Prime Contractors & Professional Services: ARRIVE New T1 San Diego Aviation Alliance Turner Flatiron Gensler, Clark Construction, C&S Companies, Jacobs, Jacobsen-Daniels Associates, LLC, Landrum & Brown, Ricondo & Associates, PCL Construction Inc., Prava Construction Services, Sundt Construction, Swinerton, Turner Construction, Webcor, and more.
  • San Diego International Airport Prime Concessionaires: Areas, High Flying Foods, HMSHost Corp., Hudson Group, The Marshall Retail Group, LLC/MRG San Diego/Soundbalance SAN, OTG, Paradies-Lagardere, SFS Investors, SSP America, and more.
  • Public Agencies and Business and Financial Support Services, and Banks: California State Department of General Services, California Department of Transportation District 11, City of San Diego Purchasing and Contracting EOC, County of San Diego, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, North County Transit District, Port of San Diego, SANDAG, San Diego/Orange/Imperial APEX Accelerator (PTAC), San Diego Housing Commission, San Diego Unified School District Facilities Planning & Construction, and more.

About San Diego International Airport

San Diego International Airport (SAN), which is owned and operated by San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority), is one of the busiest single-runway commercial service airports globally and the third busiest in California. SAN contributes nearly $12 billion to the region’s economy by bridging San Diego to the world and vice versa. In November 2021, the Airport Authority commenced construction on the New T1, which includes replacing the current Terminal 1, making airfield improvements, enhancing transportation connectivity to the airport, and constructing a new administration building. The total project budget for the New T1 program is $3.4 billion, and it is projected to generate 15,000 to 20,000 construction-related jobs. For more information about the New T1, visit newt1.com. For more information about SAN, visit san.org.

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