05/29/07 — Business owners can register for SJAFB Purchase Cardholder Trade Show

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Business owners can register for SJAFB Purchase Cardholder Trade Show

By Andrew Bell
Published in News on May 29, 2007 1:45 PM

Local business owners have two more weeks to register so they can participate in the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Purchase Cardholder Trade Show June 12.

By registering through the federal government, local business owners can apply for military contracts with any of the state's military installations and other federal offices, said Cindy Marrette, coordinator of the Military Business Center at Wayne Community College.

Although the process used to require reams of paperwork and long waits, Mrs. Marrette said it can now be completed within 72 hours.

The trade show, which will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Goldsboro Country Club is not open to the public. Only those registered to do business with the government are allowed at the event, where they can meet the base's purchase cardholders and others who work in procurement.

The event, which is sponsored by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Small Business Center and Military Business Center of Wayne Community College and the Exchange Club of Goldsboro, will feature representatives from the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, General Services Administration, Small Business Association and Military Business Center.

Mrs. Marrette said there is plenty of business that can be done with the government, especially at Seymour Johnson.

The base has more than 500 government purchase cardholders who leave the base every day to buy everything from office products to live chickens to test for bird flu, she said.

Those cardholders were responsible for making about $54 million in purchases last year. Government purchase cardholders can spend up to $2,500 each time they swipe their card.

And there are still spaces available at the 2007 Government Purchase Cardholders Trade Show for any interested local business owners.

To obtain registration to do business with the government, contact the Military Business Center at WCC at 735-5151, ext. 306.

Once registration is complete, a business owner can purchase a table at the event to highlight his or her business by calling Patty Graham at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce at 734-2234. Information is also available at the Chamber building, which is located at 308 N. William St.