October 2013
Businesses Get Start-up Advice To Rev-up Their Business Opportunities at DIA

In Oct. 2013, the DIA Revenue Procurement-Concession staff hosted two separate one-on-one business development sessions with retail, dining and service firms looking for an opportunity to grow their businesses. Held at DIA and the Wellington E. Webb Building, over 30 companies capitalized on the opportunity to meet directly with the airport's concession experts to learn more about how they can become part of the casual-dining bar, food/beverage, retail, and service experience for the 53 million travelers flying in and out of the airport annually. 

Whether the question was about how to get started or how much capital investment is needed to open an in-line store, each registrant received an individual consultation that revealed the next-steps for moving closer to operating a business in an airport environment. The airport's Business Management Services Group, the Commerce Hub Financial Specialist, the Commercial Division, and Division of Small Business Opportunity shared their collective expertise, leading participants to a clearer understanding of the processes and requirements needed to pursue concessions opportunities at DIA. The idea behind the Revenue Procurement outreach event is to better acquaint businesses with the airport's procurement process.

Denver International Airport is always looking for exciting and unique local businesses. Those interested in learning how to do business at our airport are invited to set up an appointment with the Revenue Procurement staff. Appointments will be scheduled in 30-minute increments to meet one-on-one to answer questions about DIA's concessions program. For more information about the concessions program please contact the Commerce Hub at (303) 342-2351 or by e-mail at DIACommerceHub@flydenver.com

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Opportunity Knocks at Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport has many opportunities on the horizon for concession, construction, and professional services industries. Companies wanting to do business at DIA are invited to attend DIA Day 2013 to learn about potential opportunities in procurement of goods and services, planned concession build-outs, airfield concrete work, and the remaining opportunities available on the Hotel and Transit Center project (previously known as the South Terminal Redevelopment Program). An airport representative will be present to answer questions about the hotel fixtures, furnishing, and equipment transportation, warehousing, and installation services contract.

DIA Day 2013 is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Please plan to join us at The Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street in Denver. 

Space is limited. Click here to RSVP: http://opportunityknocks2013.eventbrite.com

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DIA's Navigation Tip for Pursuing "Expenditure" Contract Opportunities

At any given time Denver International Airport manages more than 275 active contracts. In 2012, the airport "expenditure" contracts totaled more than $1 billion. If you have an interest in competing for an airport contract, then using DIA's Web resources can get you underway. 

An expenditure contract is usually referred to as "construction" or "professional services." Examples of expenditure contracts include construction projects (such as the airport Hotel and Transit Center program), IT services, and airfield work. The other kind of expenditure contract is when the airport pays a business for a service or a project. Businesses are hired temporarily for their professional services to fulfill operational or administration business needs.

DIA strives to maintain its status as one of the premier airports in the world, and working with strong business partners is a key component of our success. DIA ensures that continuous maintenance and potential expansion projects contain business opportunities for small and large businesses alike. Most airport construction and professional service opportunities are awarded to companies through request for proposal (RFP) or competitive bid (IFB) processes.

For your convenience, a 90-day forecast of upcoming business opportunities is available online, posted in real time, and in advance of official bid advertisements. Another value-added online feature is the Planholders List.  This can be found on DIA's Business Center website, in the Business Opportunities section and the Contracts subsection. Choose the Request for Proposal link and look in the Open Request for Proposals tab. The Planholders List contains the contact information of all the businesses that requested the advertised RFP bid. Specifically the list contains the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of each business.

This is an excellent first step to identify a potential partner, with a prime, or to find a City of Denver-certified small/disadvantaged business to join for pursuing DIA and City projects that have an assigned contract goal. 

Expressed in a percent value, the contract goal requires that businesses with the city's certification designation participate with the fulfillment of said contract. Whether you want to bid as a prime or partner as a certified disadvantaged business, these tips will help your business achieve greater visibility and viability with DIA's contract opportunities.

Please contact the Commerce Hub office for more information about accessing upcoming contracts opportunities at DIACommerceHub@flydenver.com or by calling (303) 342-2351. You can also register to be automatically notified by e-mail of airport procurement opportunities by completing the projects notification form located under News and Updates on the Business Center home page. Check off all boxes under the "Notification Groups" tab that best fit your business interests.

For current construction and professional services opportunities, please visit http://business.flydenver.com/bizops/contracts.asp.

New Gates for Southwest Airlines

A new 39,000-square-foot extension of the C concourse will be designed as an airy, light-filled, easy-to-navigate space. Southwest Airlines plans to relocate its existing gates on Concourse A to Concourse C, where the majority of its flights are currently located. Construction of the new gate area is expected to be completed in November 2014. The five new gates will be C23 through C27.

Three contractors will work on the $46 million expansion. The project will be paid for using airport capital improvement project funds, which are generated through airport revenues, and not with the city's general fund or taxpayer money. Contracts include work on the building, apron paving and interior work. One contractor, Milender White, was selected among the existing on-call contractors with the lowest bid for building the foundation, walls, windows and roof. The second contractor, IHC, was selected through a competitive bid process for apron concrete paving, where the aircraft will taxi and park. The third contract for the building interior and HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) systems will be bid among existing on-call contractors.

Preparing Your Business and Community for Disaster and Recovery

Courtesy of the Denver Office of Emergency Management

Emergencies and disasters will happen. It's just a matter of time. Are you ready? Denver's Citizen Emergency Response Training, CERT, is a free course that provides citizens with comprehensive training in disaster preparedness and response. Through classroom learning and hands-on training people will learn how to help themselves, their families and their neighbors during and immediately following a disaster, and in the process save lives that may otherwise be lost. Topics covered include:

  • Disaster Medical Assistance
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Fire Safety
  • Terrorism
  • Disaster Psychology

The City and County of Denver, Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, is using the Los Angeles Fire Department model to develop Denver's Community Emergency Response Training (Denver CERT) as a partnering effort between emergency services and the people they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train citizens of our community in basic preparedness and skills.

If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community's professional response, citizens can better protect themselves by applying the preparedness skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain their lives following a disaster until help arrives. "Denver CERT" skills also apply to daily emergencies.  

Denver's Community Emergency Response Training Courses:

  • Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities
  • Describe the function of individuals and their roles in immediate personal response
  • Take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster
  • Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes and workplaces
  • Apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures
  • Apply techniques for opening breathing airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock
  • Conduct triage under simulated conditions
  • Perform head-to-toe assessments
  • Employ basic treatments for various wounds.
  • Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations
  • Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure
  • Teach how to assemble a 72-hours kit

Local businesses and communities face the prospect of being negatively impacted by an unexpected natural or human-made disaster. Overlooking the simple concept of preparedness can lead to prolonged effects of business interruption and inaccessibility. You now have the opportunity to join the hundreds of communities across the United States that have established their own CERT programs. The Office of Emergency Management was established by Denver city ordinance (Chapter 16 of the Revised Municipal Code) as an agency under the Mayor's Office. In addition, state statute requires that each Colorado county provide an emergency management support function.

Denver's Whole Community Preparedness Programs Registration Form

Additional resources:

Denver Office of Emergency Management
Federal Emergency Management Agency (course #IS317)
Community Emergency Response Team

Upcoming Events

Construction Empowerment Initiative Ordinance Meeting
Oct. 31, 2013
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: Hispanic Contractors of Colorado
646 Mariposa St.

DIA Day Opportunity Knocks
Nov. 4. 2013
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: The Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec St.

Construction Empowerment Initiative Ordinance Meeting
Nov. 14, 2013
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: Hispanic Contractors of Colorado
646 Mariposa St.

Office of Economic Development - DSBO Airport Branch
Concessions: Tenant Design and Construction

Nov. 15, 2013
9 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
Location: DIA City Conference Room
Jeppesen Terminal Level 6 West

Construction Empowerment Initiative Full Group Meeting
Nov. 26, 2013
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: the Webb Building
201 W Colfax, Room 4.G.2

Contact & Office Location

DIA Commerce Hub
Jeppesen Terminal, Level 6, West
Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(303) 342-2351
E-mail: DIACommerceHub@flydenver.com

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

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