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Duval County Public Schools make minority business participation push

8:22 PM, Jan 4, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County Public Schools want more minority businesses to become part of the district's business plan by becoming certified to compete for contracts.

Last year, minority contractors were awarded $11.8 million dollars in business. The district does about $230 million in business that is put out to bid.

The work can range from construction and lawn service to supplying schools with supplies for students.

Allen Andone with Aegis Fire & Integrated Services has been participating in the district's minority business program for the past five years. His company that does fire protection work is currently wrapping up a job at Lee High School.

"So overall, it's been a great program for us," Andone speaking outside Lee High, where his company has been a subcontractor for the past several months.

"You win some, you lose some. At least it gets us in the game," said Andone, who believes minority businesses should become certified to become part of the mix.

Later this month the district's Minority Business Office will hold a workshop to help interested businesses become certified. The two-hour workshop will be held January 22 at the Historic Springfield Community Learning Center, 1601 Main Street starting at 6 p.m.

Businesses are encouraged to make reservations by calling the district's Minority Business Office at 858-4860.

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