Doing business in Oklahoma City just got a little easier.
Imagine this: a big buyer of equipment, supplies and services
comes out with a new handbook, telling you exactly how you can make
this buyer one of your customers.
"How to Sell Equipment, Supplies and Related Services to the
City of Oklahoma City" is ready for the printers and soon will be
available to help business owners through the process of getting a
piece of the government spending pie.
Approved without fanfare this week by the Oklahoma City Council,
the 38-page handbook is an easy-to-understand guide to the sometimes
complex world of government bidding. Prepared by the city finance
department and the municipal counselor's office, the book explains
the laws, rules and regulations which surround the use of public
funds in buying from private business.
The book contains a "glossary of terms," which shines new,
layman's light on the bureaucratic jargon which also happens to
surround the government buying game. It is well organized, with a
table of contents - no frantic hunting for information on specific
A guide for vendors was identified as a need by the Mayor's
Business Committee, and the finance department made the guide one of
its top goals for fiscal 1989-90.
"The understanding of the legal requirements will create a more
educated vendor base," according to City Manager Paula Hearn, "and
will contribute to the streamlining of the payment process."
It is also hoped that the guide will "decrease the occurrence of
non-responsive bids," Hearn told the council.
It's true. The city frequently advertises the opportunity for
local companies to bid for new business, and nobody responds.
"Our aim is to have each vendor armed with the same information,
and make it easier for them to bid," said Helen Gigger, assistant
municipal counselor for the city and an author of the guide. "It is
in line with the state guide, so vendors who are used to working
with state government won't have any trouble dealing with the city."
She said she researched local, state and national government
bidding regulations in compiling the guide, which has been in the
works "on and off" since 1986.
Gigger said it could take six weeks for the books to arrive from
the printers. In the meantime, she said photo-copies can be
obtained through the office of the city clerk. She said all copies
likely will be available for reproduction costs.
One of the stated goals of the program is to encourage local
vendors to bid on city contracts for goods and services. Good plan.
Nobody is going to heal our ills for us. We have to do it
ourselves. . .
City's Foreign Trade Zone Expanded Organon Teknika Inc., a
leading producer of medical instrumentation equipment, dialysis
machines and related supplies, is now part of Oklahoma City's
Foreign Trade Zone 106.
The National Foreign Trade Zones Board has approved expansion of
the local zone to include 236 acres at Will Rogers World Airport,
where Organon Teknika leases its 120,000-square-foot manufacturing
and field service facility.
In a foreign trade zone, domestic and foreign goods are
considered by the U.S. Customs Service to be in international
commerce, and imported goods are not subject to formal customs
entry. Payment of duty is deferred, and under some circumstances
reduced or eliminated.
The Oklahoma City Port Authority, administrator of the Foreign
Trade Zone, had sought approval of the expansion since late 1986.
The expansion also includes six acres in the Lakeside Business Park,
which will be available for growth of the zone's general purpose
warehouse at 3501 Melcat Drive.
"We're full, but we don't have immediate plans to expand," said
Scott E. McLain, general manager of Foreign Trade Zone 106. …