SPRINT GOVERNMENT DIVISION HOSTS SBA CONFERENCE
SPRINT GOVERNMENT DIVISION HOSTS SBA CONFERENCE KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- To further its active
pursuit of mutually beneficial business relationships with small and small disadvantaged businesses, Sprint is a patron of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 12th Annual National Legislative Conference on Small Business Issues. This year's conference, expected to attract some 400 state and local officials and small business owners from across the country, is being held in Sprint's hometown, Kansas City, Nov. 18-20.
Sprint is participating in the program through its Government Systems Division (GSD), which serves the SBA as a customer on the government's advanced telecommunications network, FTS2000, and through its Law and External Affairs organization. Chris Rooney, GSD president, said that Sprint was proud to participate in the conference because of its small business achievements overall, but particularly for its efforts on the FTS2000 contract, where it exceeded its 10-year small disadvantaged business subcontracting requirements by the third year of the contract. He noted that nearly one third of Sprint's FTS2000 subcontracts over the last two years have gone to small and small disadvantaged businesses and estimated that these organizations could receive more than $43 million in subcontracts over FTS2000's 10-year contract life. These achievements in the federal area mirror Sprint's achievements overall at the corporate level, Rooney said. Since first launching its Small and Small Disadvantaged Business Program in 1988, Sprint has purchased more than $422 million from small and small disadvantaged businesses. Sprint's program was formed to encourage small and minority business participation by such methods as offering a variety of payment options and often subdividing large procurements into small requirements. Additionally, Sprint maintains and uses a database of over 10,000 small and minority vendors and maintains an active outreach program which includes participation in trade fairs and targeted advertising. Its commitment extends through the management ranks, where Sprint vice presidents form the Executive Advisory Council on Small Business. Rooney said Sprint's achievements were recognized nationally by the SBA through its 1991 Region Seven Majority Private Sector Award, presented during Minority Enterprise Development Week, for its efforts in improving and supporting small business and minority business development. Sprint's Ellen D'Amato, vice president of state and external affairs, will participate in a panel discussion of legislative telecommunications issues on Tues., Nov. 19. Sprint is a unit of United Telecommunications Inc. (NYSE: UT), a diversified international telecommunications company with $8.7 billion in revenues. Sprint, with the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network, provides a comprehensive array of global voice, data and video communications products and services. -0- 11/18/91 /CONTACT: Vince Hovanec, 202-828-7423 or, after hours, 202-387-1496; or Janis Langley, 202-828-7427 or, after hours, 703-533-3322, both of Sprint/ (UT) CO: Sprint; Small Business Administration ST: Missouri IN: TLS SU: TW -- DC027 -- 4570 11/18/91 15:16 EST
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