2020 Business Opportunity Forum

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Thank You for Attending the PHL Airport's 2020 Business Opportunity Forum

On Friday, October 2, 2020 the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) hosted its eighth annual Business Opportunity Forum (Forum).  This year’s Forum, similar to previous years, was held in conjunction with the City of Philadelphia’s Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week.   


On behalf of the PHL and all of our participating Forum partners, thank you for helping to make our Virtual Forum a truly special event!  While the pandemic certainly impacted our ability to connect with you in-person, we stayed focused on our Nonstop Support and commitment to keep you informed about PHL’s activities and opportunities by hosting this year’s Forum online. 


Over 380 participants, representing businesses and partnering agencies attended the Forum, which included a Welcome Reception, General Session, 11 Breakout Sessions (covering 9 topics), and a Closing Question and Answer session.  Based on attendee feedback the Forum was an overwhelming success. Of the participants registered: 62% represented minority or women-owned business enterprises; while 31% are currently under contract with the Airport. This was the first PHL Business Opportunity Forum for 41% of those that attended. 


Thank you for attending the 2020 Business Opportunity Forum.  

For your reference and continued networking, we have provided the following information:


List of Registrants    PDF

Registrants listed by Breakout Session

Anatomy of an RFP     PDF

At this workshop, learn tips from PHL, prime consultant and DBE representatives on teaming, responding to Requests for Proposals, and how proposals are evaluated.

The City’s Local Business Purchasing Initiative  PDF

In 2019, the City of Philadelphia passed a ballot initiative to streamline smaller procurement opportunities. At this session, learn about what opportunities the Local Business Purchasing Initiative (LBPI) means for small, local firms and how to take advantage of this new purchasing program.
DBE/ACDBE/SBE Certification   PDF

Have you covered all of your certification bases? At this workshop, learn what diverse certifications are available regionally, gain insight into expanding your approved work categories, explore interstate certification, learn about new and upcoming improvements/changes to the processes, and review USDOT recent correspondence regarding impacts and flexibilities for certification due to COVID-19.
Engineering, Construction, Sustainability, and Environmental Projects  PDF

Meet members of PHL's Capital Development Group and gain insight into the state of PHL's projects. Discussion will focus on upcoming projects that range from On-Call Mechanical Engineering; to completion of a solar farm; to building, airside, and lighting projects.
Facilities Maintenance Contract Opportunities   PDF

PHL will be advertising a Facilities Maintenance Contract which will include opportunities ranging from HVAC to Passenger Transfer Vehicles (PTVs) to Bird Control. At this session, learn about this opportunity and diversity goals, gain insight into what PHL looks for in vendors competing for these opportunities, and virtually network with peers.
The Guest Experience at PHL  PDF

The guest experience has driven PHL’s COVID-19 recovery because it is crucial that passengers feel confident that the airport is a safe environment. See what measures have been implemented to ensure our guests' health and safety, learn about future technology enhancements that will elevate the airport experience, and discuss the business opportunities created by these projects.
Non-A&E Professional Services  PDF

PHL contracts for a range of non-Architecture & Engineering (A&E)  professional services; from general consulting to IT to financial services. At this session, get a preview of upcoming opportunities, gain insight into what PHL looks for in vendors competing for these opportunities, and virtually network with peers.
Cargo and Concessions at PHL  PDF

At this workshop, gain insight into: the science behind the key revenue generating models for the airport, use cases in cargo and concessions (food/beverage/retail, advertising, ground transportation), projections on future trends and opportunities, and information on PHL's diversity goals and attainments in this arena.
Service, Supply, and Equipment Opportunities  PDF

PHL contracts for a range of services, supplies and equipment; from security guard services to uniforms to copiers. At this session, get a preview of upcoming opportunities, gain insight into what PHL looks for in vendors competing for these opportunities, and virtually network with peers.


2020 BOF Videos (coming soon)

Other Resources
Runway to Recovery series
Join the Airport CEO, Chellie Cameron to find out how PHL and PNE have been navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, and what projects are continuing


Anticipated Opportunities

Professional Services contracting opportunities through mid-2021

PHL Presentation on "Identifying PHL and PNE Opportunities"

PHL Presentation on "DBE or MBE/WBE/DSBE - Which One Applies?"



Our Partners

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COMTO Philadelphia




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Hispanic Chamber logo


Independence Business Alliance logo


SBDC Fox Temple


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WTS Philadelphia



Check back soon for more post-forum content!


In collaboration with Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week

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