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MTA TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL VENDOR FAIR AT LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER

 LOS ANGELES, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- "How to do business with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority" will be the theme of the First Annual Vendor Fair on Tuesday, April 20 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This all-day event will provide the opportunity for small firms and minority- and women-owned businesses to meet the MTA staff and participate in specialized training workshops and professional networking opportunities.
 Workshop topics include: "MTA Construction Opportunities," "DBE/MBE/WBE Contracting Opportunities," and "Marketing Professional Services." Information discussed during these workshops will cover such subjects as certification and procurement with opportunities for breakout sessions with MTA Equal Opportunity Contracts and Procurement staff.
 More than 170 exhibition and information booths, staffed by representatives of participating business enterprises, will be open from 8:15 a.m. until 4:40 p.m. Also, professional support services such as goal-setting and proposal writing will be provided throughout the day. Admission to the Vendor Fair is free.
 Franklin E. White, recently appointed chief executive officer for the newly formed MTA, will be the keynote speaker during the luncheon program. The luncheon will begin at noon.
 "The MTA must forge pathways to support the economic viability of the county and the Southern California region. We are responding to this challenge by using our resources to create opportunities to stimulate job development, to develop new surface transportation technology," stated Richard Alatorre, MTA chairman. "This First Annual Vendor Fair is a major outreach effort to express this commitment to the Los Angeles business community. And, more importantly, it is an ideal vehicle to expand our commitment to our disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned firms," Alatorre continued.
 Officials scheduled to attend include Los Angeles City Councilman Alatorre, Los Angeles County Supervisors Mike Antonovich, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and Ed Edelman, as well as executives from the prime contractor and small business sectors.
 The Los Angeles Convention Center is located at Pico Boulevard and Figueora Street near downtown Los Angeles.
 For registration or further information call 213-244-6871 or 213-972-4901.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Jones Irish or Stephanie Brady of MTA News Bureau, 213-244-6856 or 213-244-6792/


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