Rockland Economic Development Corp. will hold a free program on how small businesses can obtain contracts with the Hudson Valley Municipal Purchasing Group.
The program starts at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 11 at the Ellipse Room of the Technology Center of Rockland Community College at 145 College Road in Suffern. The program will discuss the local procurement process, what local governments buy, the laws governing the process, and the purchasing group itself and its on-line bidder notification system.
Representatives from Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties and representatives from the cities of Yonkers and Poughkeepsie will be present to speak with local business owners. To learn more, contact Pauline Drakopoulos at 845-735-7040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson will speak on developments in the city before the Commercial and Investment Division of the Westchester County Board of Realtors on Thursday, April 25 at 8:15 a.m. at the board’s office at 60 S. Broadway in White Plains.
For more information, e-mail Leah Warncke at the board at email@example.com.
A Mount Vernon public forum is planned on Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at City Hall to discuss the potential impact of state bond funding and federal stimulus on local schools and businesses.
The forum will address New York State EXCEL Bond funding for repairs and improvements to city schools, and federal stimulus spending on minority and women-owned businesses in the city. Westchester County Legislator Lyndon D. Williams will host the program.
Williams’ office said panelists are expected from Empire State Development Corp., the African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester & Rockland, the Westchester County Office of African American Affairs, Mount Vernon City School District Board of Trustees, United Association of Contractors and Developers, the Rapid Start Training Program, the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 3, and local businesses.
Westchester County will sponsor a job fair on Saturday for people seeking seasonal work at Playland in Rye. Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted for ride operators and cashiers; ride operators must be at least 18, and cashiers at least 16. The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. Interviews will be given only to the first 300 people to apply. Playland’s seasonal employment runs from May through September.
The Rockland Economic Development Corporation will hold a free Procurement Technical Assistance Center program on doing business with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Friday, March 20, at 9 a.m. The program will be held in Room 100 of the classroom building at Westchester Community College in Valhalla.
Eleanor Lincoln, a small business specialist with the U.S. Military Academy Directorate of Contracting, will present, “Reverse Auction – A Pricing Technique.”
A Valhalla-based startup that produces highly efficient oil filters is hoping that a deal with New York state will lift its profile.
SOMS Technologies Inc. said the state’s Office of General Services has added its filters to the state’s preferred buying list. This means that purchasing agents for state agencies and local governments can get discounted prices for the filters by buying them through the OGS.
SOMS may be in the right place at the right time. Last year Gov. Paterson issued an executive order that directed state agencies to adopt “sustainability initiatives,” or steps that the agencies could take to curb the risks of toxic materials, maximize recycling, manage renewable resources, and other methods.
Miles Flamenbaum, SOMS’ chief executive, said that using the company’s oil filters would help agencies achieve some of those mandated goals. The oil filters can extend the length of time between oil changes.
There are about 17,000 vehicles in the state fleet, he said. Flamenbaum couldn’t say what impact the listing with OGS would have on his sales; SOMS just started selling the filters last fall.
The listing could give the company some credibility with other governments or operators of private fleets, such as taxis and truck companies, he said.
SOMS bid to get onto the OGS list through the New York State Industries for the Disabled, a not-for-profit group of businesses that promotes employment of people with disabilities. One of its member companies, Pine Ridge Industries, an affiliate of the Schenectady ARC, has contracts with SOMS.
ITT Corp. of White Plains said that a new contract to provide management and support services for the Strategic Command of the U.S. Air Force is valued at up to $900 million over five years.
The work will be managed out of ITTâ€™s Bellevue, Neb. office. It will support Air Force missions in the areas of deterrence, space operations, and cyber defense.
Four New York firms have been awarded contracts to renovate Unit 2A at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, the New York State Office of General Services said.
Dalmar Contractor Corp. of Rockville Center, Long Island, was the apparent low bidder, with a bid of $827,000, for construction at the site; All Bright Electric, West Nyack, with a bid of $125,900, won the contract for electrical work; Yonkers-based Empire Mechanical Services Inc. won the contract for heating and ventilation with a bid of $125,900; and S & O Construction of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, was awarded a contract for plumbing with a bid of $131,157, OGS said.