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Caribbean businesses seek 'in' for Pan Am Games plans

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Armstrong,Neil (Author)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
Oct 10-Oct 16, 2013
Jamaica, NY
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Corporations, Toronto (Canada), Caribbean Canadians, Sports, Social responsibility, Black owned businesses, Pan American games, Public relations
"There's a lot of opportunities that's going to happen over the next 18 months," [Bill Zakarow] added. He, however, could not give a definitive figure on what percentage of the businesses that have already submitted proposals were actually black-owned or Caribbean-owned. TO2015's procurement director said additional opportunities will come on stream by the end of October, as there will be an information session to discuss a large category of spending that is called "overlay". This includes services for portable toilets, fences, landscape, lighting and seating. "They made certain commitments when they went down to the Caribbean to get our votes so that Canada would get the games so all we're asking them to do is ensure that they fulfill those commitments and that there are economic benefits that do flow to the Caribbean," [Courtney Betty] said. "Realistically, the ship has sailed and we weren't a part of it," he added.