More than 200 local businesses attended the Marine Corps
Base Hawai‘i’s first Open Industry Day March
11, in hopes of making solid connections and selling their
products and services to the base. MCBH and Marine Corps
Community Services (MCCS) hosted the free event, sharing
with the public information about how to do business on base.
The event was aimed at helping businesses interested in working
with the government on a local level. The Officers’ Club
Lanai Ballroom was reserved for the occasion, allowing for
businesses and entrepreneurs to learn, meet, and mingle with
military personnel and base business liaisons from 9 a.m.
The local community is definitely interested in partnering
with the base,” said Lt. Col. Eric Corcoran, director
of the Regional Contracting Office, “And we want to
partner with them. It’s a win-win situation.”
From contracting to advertising, there are numerous ways
to build business with MCBH,” Corcoran said. Attendees
learned how to get a product circulating on military installations,
access the procurement process, and bring businesses, products,
or services on base. They also met and mingled with representatives
from MCBH regional contracting; MCCS contracting and procurement;
food, beverage, hospitality, and catering; health and fitness;
marketing, sponsorship, and advertising; and retail purchasing.
Retailers interested in doing business with the Marine Corps
Exchange were encouraged to connect with MCCS for contracts.
According to one speaker, more than $25 million worth of
merchandise was purchased from Hawai‘i businesses in
2008 to stock the shelves of MCCS retail locations.
Contracts are constantly being worked out with local businesses,” said
Corcoran, and his office provides help to businesses wanting
to work with and through the base. He encouraged any company
or entrepreneurship eager to reach the military market and
expand its business, but unable to attend the event, to connect
with the base by calling 254-7679.