$65M calls Abilene contractors to Dyess AFB$65M calls Abilene contractors to Dyess AFBhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=79662013-03-12T07:18:00Z2013-03-12T00:00:00Z

ABILENE - With new projects at Dyess Air Force Base in the planning stages, and maintenance jobs available on a continuous basis, it’s difficult to fathom why there wouldn’t be a lot of interest among Abilene-area contractors and merchants in getting contract work at the military installation.

Most of the approximately $65 million the government spent for new construction, repair and maintenance projects at Dyess in the past fiscal year went to out-of-town contractors because no Abilene-area companies bid on jobs.

“Our biggest problem is finding local contractors to bid as prime contractors,”according to Ron Miller, small-business specialist for Dyess’ 7th Contracting Squadron.

In an effort to reach out to vendors and local contractors, a Vendors Fair has been organized for April 18.

Sponsored by Dyess, the Texas Tech University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Abilene and the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, the event will give area businesses and contractors a chance to find out how to do business with government purchase cardholders, who also will be on hand during the fair.

Those cardholders carry government-issued credit cards and are authorized to buy merchandise or services to the tune of $3,000 per purchase/transaction.

The SBDC is offering free paperwork assistance to contractors seeking to bid on jobs at the base.

Vendors and contractors include auto parts/supplies, exercise equipment, kitchen supplies, tents, bedding, uniform, monogramming, screen printing, electrical, plumbing, maintenance, lawn and garden, janitorial services, office supplies, office furniture, hardware, tools, building materials, and computer software and hardware.

On the day of the vendor fair, training sessions on how to bid as a prime contractor will take place from 8-11 a.m. at the Heritage Club on Dyess.

Deadline to register for the fair and training session is April 5. Contact Vicky Smedley at the Chamber of Commerce, 325-677-7241, ext. 206, or vsmedley@abilenechamber.com.

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