[vendtalk] FW: [Jobs] Possible Opportunity in Monroe Louisiana

Vandervoort's vandervoorts at sbcglobal.net
Mon Aug 30 21:49:34 UTC 2010

Hi Robert,
Hey, I am all for that!  I used to spend time in Monroe and used the old
airport.  Problem with the announcement is that unless the State of
Louisiana provides for a priority in airports, like in Hawaii but not in
Texas, it probably would go to their preferred "economically distressed
person/business"  (not to say that blind Randolph Sheppard managers aren't
often economically distressed!)
Hope it works out for someone.

Mike Vandervoort
Abilene, TX

From: jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of
Robert Jaquiss
Sent: Saturday, August 28, 2010 9:07 AM
To: Jobs for the Blind
Subject: [Jobs] Possible Opportunity in Monroe Louisiana

Hello List:

     Monroe Louisiana will soon have a new airport. Since this airport was
built with federal funds, I hope we can find blind vendors. I have appended
the information as excerpted from The News Star. Hope this is useful.


Robert Jaquiss, President
Greater Ouachita Chapter
National Federation of the Blind
Email: rjaquiss at earthlink.net<mailto:rjaquiss at earthlink.net>

Airport open for business Local vendors urged to submit proposals for space
in new terminal By Stacy Temple stemple at thenewsstar.com August 28, 2010
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With the proposed grand-opening date of the new Monroe Regional Airport
terminal just around the corner, officials are accepting proposals from
businesses wishing to locate there.

Manager Cleve Norrell said he will accept proposals for a month or so and
has some ideas on what types of businesses he would like to see in the new
terminal when it opens in March. A cocktail lounge, shoeshine stand, a
restaurant to serve breakfast and lunch and a gift and news outlet are some
of the businesses officials hope to have inside the new terminal. Businesses
already at the airport also will have to submit proposals to get a spot.

If they want to operate in the new terminal, they have to submit a
proposal," Norrell said. There will be no just moving over.

Airport officials are looking for someone to manage and operate a drink and
snack vending machine area. Officials also are seeking someone to manage
marketing and advertising signs and displays in the new area for the public.
A vending area will be in the boarding lounge portion as well.

We are looking for someone to put in a specialty retail shop, and that could
be most anything. It could be a dress shop or a sports store selling ULM
(University of Louisiana at Monroe) or LSU (Louisiana State University)
memorabilia," he said.

Business proposals submitted to the airport must include a business summary,
references, a business plan and sales and revenue projections. Applicants
also need to submit any proposed facility modifications and advertising

Officials are encouraging Disadvantaged Business Enterprise businesses to
apply. These are small businesses owned and operated by economically
disadvantaged citizens.

Norrell said construction on the third building of the more than $35 million
new terminal has begun, and they still are shooting for March of next year
as the opening date. The last phase of construction is expected to be
completed the following year. Once the last phase is completed, the existing
terminal is expected to be torn down.

For more information about submitting a business proposal to the airport,
call Norrell at 329-2461. .

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