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Released: 8/5/2009 

DRPA Looking to Attract Veteran-owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-owned Businesses to Exhibit at Vendor Expo

The Delaware River Port Authority’s Office of Business Development and Equal Opportunity will hold its Vendor Expo at the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal on Thursday, August 13 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. In addition to Minority and Women Business Enterprises, DRPA is encouraging Veteran-owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-owned business who accept Mastercard to attend. The expo provides an opportunity for businesses to showcase their commodities, and/or services to DRPA staff. To date, 55 vendors have registered to attend. 

“Last year’s vendor expo was such a great success, we decided to make this an annual event,” said DRPA Chief Executive Officer John J. Matheussen. “The expo gives our staff an opportunity to meet face to face with a large selection of vendors and inquire about their products or services.” 

DRPA has made great strides in increasing the number of contracts awarded to minority, women and disadvantaged businesses. From 1989 to 1993, before outreach efforts began, minority, women and disadvantaged businesses’ share of DRPA spending totaled just $2 million. Since 1994, DRPA and PATCO have paid more than $195 million to minority, women and disadvantaged businesses. 

“DRPA’s Office of Business Development and Equal Opportunity has worked diligently to develop a vendor program that includes a vast and diverse group of businesses,” said DRPA’s Chief Administrative Officer Toni P. Brown. “This year we are working to expand our outreach efforts to include Veteran-owned and Service Disabled Veteran-owned businesses.” 

DRPA’s Office of Business Development and Equal Opportunity offers a number of support services to businesses looking to work with DRPA such as a quarterly newsletter, MBE/WBE directory, in-kind training sessions and instant notification of projects, bids and meetings. 

For more information about the Vendor Expo or to register, please call 856-365-2707. To register to do business with DRPA, visit www.drpa.org/obdeo. 

The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency. DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges, PATCO, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal and RiverLink Ferry System.


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