Minority business owners sought

Organizers want them, and women business owners, included in the 2009 Super Bowl.

By Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer
Published February 15, 2008

TAMPA - Organizers of the 2009 Super Bowl, slated to be played in Tampa, say they're taking steps to make sure minority and women business owners have the opportunity to win game-related contracts with the NFL.

When the game was played in Tampa in 2001, more than 105 minority businesses received Super Bowl contracts worth a total of $2.5-million.

"Our goal is to do better in 2009," Curtis Stokes, a Super Bowl host committee member who leads its emerging business efforts, told the Tampa City Council on Thursday.

Businesses interested in participating need to be certified through a government agency, public utility or Florida Minority Supplier Development Council, and turn in an application to the Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee.

The NFL will conduct workshops in April, June and October for businesses interested in getting Super Bowl work.

Subcontractors will be needed for everything from audio-visual services and carpentry to catering, security and transportation.

Council member Tom Scott requested the presentation by Super Bowl organizers.

"We're excited about it," he said. "We want to make sure everybody has an opportunity to do business when the NFL comes."

Janet Zink can be reached at jzink@sptimes.com or 813 226-3401.

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Applications will be available beginning Feb. 25 at www.tampabaysuperbowl.com or by calling (813) 877-7243.