September 2013
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Bonding Education Program Helps DIA Business Readiness

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business, West Central Region Field Office, and the DIA Commerce Hub will host the upcoming "Bonding Education Program."  This seven-week program will be held one night per week from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning Sept. 25 and ending Nov. 6, 2013. The classes will be held at the Association of General Contractors of Colorado at 686 Mariposa St. in Denver.

The DOT Bonding Education Program (BEP) is a partnership with the Surety and Fidelity Association of America to help small businesses become bond ready. The BEP consists of a comprehensive set of all-inclusive workshops designed to address what businesses need to do to become bond ready, as well as one-on-one sessions with local surety bonding professionals to help in assembling the materials necessary for a complete bond application. This program is tailored to businesses competing for transportation-related contracts.

West Central SBTRC, the City and County of Denver, and Denver International Airport have partnered to bring this program to small and emerging construction contractors that are certified as DBEs, MBEs, and WBEs. 

Testimonials from past participants tell about the value and relevance of the bonding class material. Here are some actual statements of former class members:

  • "One of the best programs I have ever been in."
  • "I've been doing business since 1997. If I had this class then, it would have increased my business three-fold."
  • "I came to this class to find all the parts and pieces of bonding and banking. This class covered that in one place."

For more information and future enrollment opportunities please contact LaQuisha Murray at (303) 342-2204 or by e-mail at:  or  Lavonna Stathes at (303) 290-6611 (ext. 29) or by e-mail at

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Denver International Airport To Install 10 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Project Expands Amenities for 'Green' Vehicles

If you park your plug-in electric vehicle in the east and west parking garages at DIA you will soon be able to charge up at one of 10 new electric vehicle charging stations.

The charging stations, which are scheduled to be installed this fall, will be free for those who pay to park in the garages. The chargers are compatible with most electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, including popular models such as the Chevy Volt, the Nissan Leaf, and the plug-in version of the Toyota Prius.

Toyota Prius
Photo by Vollet Philippe – Wikimedia Commons

"We have seen an increase in the number of customers who drive electric vehicles to the airport and plug them into existing electrical outlets in the garages," said Kim Day, Denver's manager of aviation. "These new charging stations are more convenient, safer, and designed to work specifically with electric and plug-in vehicles. The airport continues to evolve to meet the needs of our customers and support the city's Greenprint Denver sustainability initiative."

Five charging stations will be installed in each parking garage and will be located on Level 1 between rows E and F. Signs will designate the spaces for use by electric and plug-in vehicles only. Illinois-based Telefonix, Inc., was selected as the winner of the competitive bidding process to provide the charging stations.  The stations will provide a full charge to most plug-in vehicles in about eight hours, while the average DIA customer parks for 1.4 days.  Telefonix, Inc. is based in Waukegan, Ill. and has been a leader in the aerospace industry for electronics and cord-reel technology for nearly 25 years. For more information, visit

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DIA — Web Based Business Navigation Tip

DIA's concession program consists of more than 140 locations offering an exciting culinary, fashion, and retail experience.  In 2012, the concession program generated more than $280 million in annual gross sales.  If you have an interesting concessions concept and would like to have your product or service available to the traveling public, then using the DIA's Web resources is a great starting point for you.

The Concessions Web page link titled Corporate Contacts contains the contact information of all owners, managers, or operators of the airports' in-line stores. Click on the corporate contacts link to obtain the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of each proprietor. You can reach out to the incumbent concessionaire, introduce your business concept, and with the appropriate approval and agreed terms you can showcase your product at the airport. 

More than 75 percent of DIA's concession locations will be transforming due to expiring leases. Many new businesses will have the opportunity to compete for space at the airport, and travelers will benefit from world-class, fresh new products and services. Over the next three years, an estimated one-to-three new concessions will be transformed each month, leading to a great mix of local and national brands.

The concessions program is preparing to take off with new and rewarding business opportunities. Whether you want to be a principal owner or just be a supplier to an existing airport concession, this is the time to prepare for taking off with your business venture. 

Please contact the Commerce Hub office for more information about upcoming concessions opportunities at or by calling (303) 342-2351.  For specific information about retail store opportunities, please e-mail or visit

DIA and Provenzano Resources Training Program Attracts 28 Retailers to Learn about Specialty Retail Leasing Opportunities at the Airport

The DIA Commerce Hub hosted a training seminar on Sept. 10 for people interested in learning more about the airport's Retail Merchandising Unit (RMU) and kiosk program, which provides a launching point for doing business at the airport. There were 28 new retail contacts that attended the event.

Kiosk Owner

DIA and Provenzano Resources launched the RMU program at DIA in September 2011. The program offers small, local businesses the ability to license one of the 38 RMU or kiosk locations throughout the airport. The program offers entrepreneurs and small business owners short-term agreements that provide valuable airport business experience with low startup costs, compared to traditional storefront locations.

Deborah S. Kravitz, president of Provenzano Resources, led the training session on how to become an operator with the RMU program. The training covered essential information about joining the RMU program, including concepts, business plans, startup and operating costs, visual merchandising, staffing, and product planning. The training also covered how a retail or service venture can become certified as an Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise for women- and minority-owned businesses. Previous business experience is not required. The participants received valuable information and were also scheduling appointments with the Provenzano Resources staff.

To learn more about the DIA Provenzano Resources RMU Program contact Christy Doyle at (303) 342-6818 or by e-mail at

Upcoming Events

Construction Empowerment Initiative Committee Meeting
Sept. 24, 2013
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location: The Webb Building
201 W. Colfax Ave.

City and County of Denver Procurement Open House
Sept. 24, 2013
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: McNichols Civic Center Building
144 W. Colfax Ave.

DIA Commerce Hub Contractor Conversations
Sept. 25, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Location: WorldPort - Conference Room H
24735 E. 75th Ave.

Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council Partnership Conference
Sept. 26, 2013
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: The Pepsi Center

Public Forum for the 2014 Minority/Women Business Enterprise Draft Ordinance
Oct. 10, 2013
Time and location TBD

Contact & Office Location

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

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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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