More than 70 businesses participated in the "Doing Business with Camp Pendleton" workshop held recently at the Murrieta Public Library and sponsored by the city of Murrieta's Economic Development Department.
Attendees represented an array of companies including fiber optics, construction, maintenance, engineering and various suppliers, seeking to determine how they can do business with Camp Pendleton, which is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion.
The panel consisted of representatives from Marine Corps Installation West, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, the Riverside County Procurement Assistance Center, Marine Corps Community Services, and SCORE, the SBA-supported small business assistance program. The panel educated the audience about the military's procurement requirements and that the list of products and services changes each day.
Although the program was billed as, "Doing Business with Camp Pendleton," the panelists told the attendees that many other bases are in need of products and services, such as the military base in Twentynine Palms near Palm Springs, Calif. Their presentations indicated the process to access contracts with all of the regional Naval and Marine installations.
Following the event, opportunities were provided for attendees to ask questions and network with the panelists and other businesses. One business owner told the group that his company worked with the government on-and-off for a number of years, but this was the first time that he had heard a clear, comprehensive explanation of the process.
"We want to make sure that our local businesses have a chance to learn about the large number of products and services that the military is purchasing and how to sell to the government," said Mayor Kelly Bennett, Esq. "This type of event supports City Council's #1 priority of fostering business and economic development in Murrieta."