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DNCC Seeks More Local Vendors

Democratic National Convention organizers expected a lot of local businesses to compete for contracts providing exposition and event services. However, interest has been less than anticipated. Kimberlin Love is hoping to hear from Charlotte companies that can provide golf carts, trailers, portable toilets and tents, among other things, for the convention. Love is the DNCC's Director of Hall Operations. "Just walking around at some of the large scale events that happen here on a weekly basis, (I know) there are companies here in Charlotte that have the ability to meet these needs," says Love. "We just want to make sure they have the opportunity to participate." Friday is the deadline for companies to submit "pre-qualification" documents to perform a variety of convention services. Love says the DNCC could easily hire out-of-state firms, but has expressed a preference for local and minority-led firms, as well as union shops. It's possible Charlotte businesses are intimidated - or confused - by the three-step process required to receive a contract for exposition and event services at the convention. Firms must first register with the DNCC's online vendor directory at www.demconvention.com and be pre-qualified by convention organizers before having the opportunity to bid on a project. Love says companies that do not meet this Friday's pre-qualification deadline will not be able to bid on exposition and event contracts.