McCarran honored for supporting minority businesses

McCarran International Airport has been recognized for providing opportunities to minority businesses with its supplier development program.

The airport was named Corporation of the Year by the Nevada Minority Supplier Development Council at its recent 18th annual excellence awards.

The council acknowledged Clark County‚s efforts to assist small businesses to develop contracts and relationships with the airport. Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly in March hosted a free two-hour workshop to explain airport operations and the airport‚s request-for-proposal process.

"Getting a foot in the door at the airport requires extra steps that can be unfamiliar at best, and at worst, overwhelming, to some business operators," Weekly said. "I am very proud of McCarran‚s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise programs and this award from the Nevada Minority Supplier Development Council is a validation of the great work our staff does within the small business and minority-owned business community."

In addition, the council recognized one of McCarran's vendors as New Minority Business of the Year. CMS Wright Ventures operates the Carl's Jr. restaurant franchise at Terminal 3 and is on track to gross $2.5 million in sales in the current fiscal year.