Fayetteville forum discusses federal budget cuts - WNCN: News, Weather

Fayetteville forum discusses federal budget cuts

Posted: Updated:
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

Small business owners had lots of questions Wednesday at a forum in Fayetteville that was designed to help them secure contracts at Fort Bragg.

Some of those questions didn't just focus on the logistics of landing a deal with the government though. Several business owners wanted to know if federal budget cuts would decrease or even end contracts with private companies.

"We've heard 'Oh, you're a critical service. We have to have you. I don't know how we're going to pay you for it, but we have to have you.' It gets a little scary," said Tony Marshal, owner of a Raleigh-based software and transportation company.

He said 80 percent of his revenue currently comes from contract agreements with the U.S. government.

Forum organizer Scott Dorney said the concern is understandable.

"The federal government reaches out to do about 23 percent of their contracting with small businesses every year.

Dorney is the executive director of the North Carolina Military Business Center. He said 83 of North Carolina's 100 counties have at least one business with a government contract. In 2012, that meant $3.6 billion dollars in contracts going to those businesses across the state.

"It is a big deal, but it gets a little scary when they're telling you that they're not sure if they're going to be able to pay you," Marshall commented. "If we expect our economy to go we have to focus on our small businesses. The small businesses are the ones that are hiring folks - that are moving the economy along. We have to find a way to that. I think that via federal contracting is a way that we can move our entire economy around. It's moneys that have to be spent, and if we spend that money is small businesses then our economy will reap a larger benefit from it than moving it to larger businesses."

Bob Franks, the director of logistics for Fort Bragg, said the government still needs essential services that can be met through contracts with local businesses. He said, right now, businesses that focus on health and safety for the military are least likely to be cut.

Franks was on the panel during one of the forum sessions Wednesday. The forum was the first one the Military Business Center hosted to focus on opportunities at Fort Bragg.

"Although the money is slow to flow, when it does flow during this fiscal year it's going to create tremendous opportunity," Dorney said. "So we're looking at very strong third quarter and fourth quarter activity in contracting at Fort Bragg."

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:00:14 GMT
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
  • Man charged with killing UNC professor had just left Wake Jail

    Man charged with killing UNC professor had just left Wake Jail

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:14:57 GMT
    Derick Davis II, 23 (Left) and Troy Arrington, Jr., 27, (Right)Derick Davis II, 23 (Left) and Troy Arrington, Jr., 27, (Right)
    An Orange County dispatcher sounded shocked Wednesday afternoon when a 911 caller described finding University of North Carolina professor Feng Liu beaten and dying on a street near the UNC campus.
    An Orange County dispatcher sounded shocked Wednesday afternoon when a 911 caller described finding University of North Carolina professor Feng Liu beaten and dying on a street near the UNC campus.
  • DOT fixes sign for new 485 flyover that spelled Pineville wrong

    DOT fixes sign for new 485 flyover that spelled Pineville wrong

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:40 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:40:30 GMT
    Thursday morning the Department of Transportation officially opened a ramp from Johnston Road to I-485. The flyover ramp opened around 5:15 a.m.
    Thursday morning the Department of Transportation officially opened a ramp from Johnston Road to I-485. The flyover ramp opened around 5:15 a.m.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.