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Battling for business.

Battling For Business

You'll never accuse The Micro Shop of losing business quietly.

After three years as a Zenith computer dealer, The Micro Shop lost its Zenith dealer-of-record status for state contracts two years ago when the national computer company decided to sell directly to the state.

Last week news surfaced that The Micro Shop may have a shot at getting back a chunk of the estimated $5 million in annual micro computer purchases made by the state for its employees.

It's taken a lawsuit to help things along.

The Micro Shop has claimed for nearly two years that after it lost the Zenith contract it was unfairly discriminated against in the bidding process that proclaimed Zenith the winner.

Those pleas have generally fallen on deaf ears, says Micro Shop owner John Bush.

But last week, state purchasing officer Ed Erxleben called a meeting of state computer users to discuss negotiating a new contract. Erxleben potentially is opening the door for Bush's company to begin selling alternative computers to the state.

Meanwhile, Bush has asked the Lieutenant Governor's office executive secretary Howard Harper to make sure everything is on the up and up. Howard says his office generally doesn't handle these types of complaints but he is going to look into it.
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Title Annotation:The Micro Shop sues for unfair discrimination
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Apr 15, 1991
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