Los Angeles Airport and Partners Host Event to Promote Diversity in the Concession Industry

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UNITED STATES. Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Airports (URW), Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) recently partnered to organize a local networking event to expand opportunities for minority businesses in the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The LAX Business Inclusivity Networking Event – ​​sponsored by Advance Network, an initiative of URW Airports – brought together experienced minority airport business owners, concession operators and entrepreneurs to help local minority business owners and entrepreneurs learn how to enter the airport market.

“We’re working together to help more minority businesses not only get into LAX, but to provide them with the support they need to thrive when they get here,” said Christopher Adkins, director of URW Advance Network. “We believe airports are open and accessible to local communities, and events like these make a real difference as we help launch and support more minority and women owned and operated businesses at the airport. .”

Guests were briefed on business opportunities, how to achieve Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification and what to expect when operating in the airport environment

LAWA CEO Justin Erbacci said, “Los Angeles World Airports is strongly committed to creating an equitable and inclusive airport, which is why we actively recruit and support local and disadvantaged small businesses who want to do business with LAX. . From retailers and restaurateurs to architecture, construction and engineering firms, we work with our partners to break down barriers and create economic opportunities that position businesses for success.

Local entrepreneurs and business owners who attended the event learned about business opportunities, how to obtain ACDBE (Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) certification and what to expect when operating in the airport environment. Owners of minority and women-owned airport businesses shared advice and offered support to potential businesses.

“It is so gratifying to see experienced minority and women-owned businesses working with LAX and URW to advance full participation in employment and contracting opportunities for our diverse businesses,” said President- general manager of the AMAC, Eboni Wimbush. “Success requires that we listen, learn and work together to help new businesses not only enter the airport, but also thrive and give back to help the next generation of minority-owned business owners.”

URW launched the Advance Network in 2017 to grow and support diverse participation and new opportunities in the communities it serves in Los Angeles, New York JFK, Chicago O’Hare and other airports.

To learn more about the Advance Network and its Supplier Diversity Network, please visit this link.

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