May 2014
Airport Minority Advisory Council's Airport Business Diversity Conference Coming to Denver

Denver International Airport invites you to join us in welcoming the Airport Minority Advisory Council's (AMAC's) 30th-year anniversary conference to be held at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Denver. The annual business diversity conference is June 8-10. There is still time to register. Take part in the many marquee events highlighting airport business and employment opportunities. AMAC is the only national, non-profit organization dedicated to creating success for minorities and women in the airport industry.

Airport commerce activities add a tremendous boost to regional economies and enhance business growth opportunities. "Denver International Airport is the perfect co-host for this year's milestone event for AMAC," said Denver International Airport CEO Kim Day. "We have a beautiful state, a vibrant business community, and an airport that generates more than $26.3 billion in economic benefits for the region each year. In addition, DIA is committed to increasing opportunities for new, small, minority- and women-owned businesses at the airport. We work hard to foster an inclusive business environment that provides opportunities for entrepreneurs to grow and be successful in the competitive aviation market."

Conference programming, including educational sessions, and networking events with industry experts and workshops, will underline the continued growth potential in airport business enterprises. Airport administrators, federal government officials, corporation leaders, and entrepreneurs will connect and discuss satisfying current and anticipated market needs of this vibrant and growing industry.

To register for the conference or to see a schedule of events, visit

For more information about AMAC, visit or call (703) 414-2622.

Business Tip

The Art and Cultural Program at Denver International Airport advertises business opportunities to sustain its acclaimed public art and culture programming. Having one of the most unique airport art programs in the nation requires the involvement of many skilled disciplines. On one hand, the Art and Culture Program seeks out local and international artists to continually "wow" airport customers with a world-class art and culture experiences. On the other, the airport's program draws upon the local business community to engage with this process.

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Business opportunities in art and culture programming come in many forms. From design/architectural elements to landscape design and new media to graphic design and printmaking, DIA relies on the business community to help fill these needs. Sign-up to receive electronic notification of "Art Project Opportunities" by selecting from the various business categories listed on the program notification form. Stay informed about DIA's contract opportunities by visiting the Web page at

For more information about the Art and Culture Program please contact Chris Stevens, DIA Art and Culture Program manager at (303) 342-2526 or by e-mail at

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Denver International Airport Commerce Hub's Heather Barry Receives National "Spotlight" Attention

"Heather Barry Has DIA Commerce Hub Flying High," American DBE Magazine (Spring 2014) spotlights Heather Barry, DIA Commerce Hub director of business affairs, and her effort to increase the role of local small and minority-owned businesses in the airport's concessions business. Influencing policy that is responsive business development and inspiring a wide range of business support services, Heather and her team of dedicated staff prepare businesses to undertake the challenge of competing for contract opportunities in one of the world's largest aviation markets.
Under Heather's leadership, the Commerce Hub office has amassed a suite of programs and services to assist aspiring airport business owners and incumbents to maintain secure footing in this fast-paced aviation business environment. The Commerce Hub's programming, such as "Business Education and Support Training" sessions and "Financial Capacity Review" one-on-ones, equips firms with knowledge about how to seek or grow airport business ventures with confidence. More than 15,000 direct and indirect Commerce Hub service and program touches have benefited business owners and the Denver-Metro community.

To read more about "Heather Barry Has DIA Commerce Hub Flying High" visit: ISSU American DBE Magazine.

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DIA Concessions Outreach Opportunity

In July and October 2014 the airport's Business Management Services Revenue Procurement Team will host one-on-one sessions for those interested in learning about the requirements of doing business at DIA. Representatives from the airport will meet individuals and speak about the request for proposals process. This is an opportunity to meet with and learn from the subject-matter experts about airport concessions and related issues. The one-on-one sessions will be by appointment only. Interested parties should allow up to two hours if they choose to visit all four representatives of the DIA concessions program. Sign up to receive electronic notification of DIA's concessions outreach opportunities by visiting:

State of DIA
Denver International Airport Holds Sixth Annual State of DIA Luncheon

Denver International Airport, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and the Metro Denver Aviation Coalition  hosted the sixth annual State of DIA luncheon at the Denver Marriott City Center, with the theme "Going from Great to Greater."

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Denver International Airport CEO Kim Day (left) welcomed FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta to the State of DIA luncheon on April 29. Day gave the keynote speech, and Huerta was the guest speaker.

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock's opening remarks were made to a mixed audience of business leaders, small business owners, and government and industry officials. The cornerstone comment highlighted how DIA has galvanized economic growth in the Rocky Mountain region by virtue of the airport's principal role in aviation commerce development. Mayor Hancock recognizes the importance of maintaining pace with the competitive global aviation market and said it was important to continually display DIA as a forerunner in the growing air transportation industry. "The work being done today to improve facilities, services and connections will further deliver a globally competitive airport for decades to come. But we cannot rest on this success," he said. "We must remain committed to investing in this asset to meet the very real demands of an evolving aviation industry head on and deliver on the great potential of DIA." 

Denver International Airport CEO Kim Day echoed the mayor's comments, saying that more direct national and international travel destinations in 2013, national recognition (such as "Best Food & Beverage-Related Innovation"), and DIA's Hotel and Transit Center project are achievements the make DIA globally competitive and set a high bar for traveler conveniences and services in an airport. "In order to continue growing, we will lean on the many partnerships that we have developed over the years," Day said. "We need you to be a part of this journey. Much as you did when the dream of building DIA was new, we again need your support and partnership to achieve our new vision of becoming America's favorite connecting hub, where the Rocky Mountains meet the world. It's a big idea. But by focusing on this vision, we can grow our passenger base, strengthen our economic impact and maintain our place as a leading world airport."

DIA's $600 million in cash reserves and collaborative success with the Federal Aviation Administration to implement NextGen arrival and departure procedures (which saves the airlines time and fuel, and reduces emissions) further the airport's efforts to attract new airline service and preserve current airline partnerships at DIA. Click on this link to read more information about the Sixth Annual 'State of DIA' Luncheon.

Upcoming Events

DIA Commerce Hub Business Education and Support Training
Business Tax Credits and Employee Training Subsidies

June 13, 2014
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: DIA City Conference Room, Terminal West, Level 6

DIA Commerce Hub Contractor Conversations
June 26, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Location: World Port Conference Room H
24735 E. 75 Ave.
Denver, Colorado

Contact & Office Location

DIA Commerce Hub
Jeppesen Terminal, Level 6, West
Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(303) 342-2351

Commerce Hub


City & County of Denver Department of Aviation
8500 Peña Boulevard | Denver, Colorado U.S.A. | 80249-6340

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