Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Sheraton at Station Square will host a Vendor Fair for the Rivers Casino today, where casino staff will present different possibilities for businesses on which to bid. Companies will learn the process of becoming licensed with both the Rivers Casino and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Spokesman George Matta says this process is not complicated, but can be rather lengthy. "Depending on the level of total gross sales, there's different types of licensing that's required by the state gaming board. Since casinos are new to the Pittsburgh area, some vendors don't realize what you need to do to become a licensed vendor, and we are not permitted to deal with vendors that don't go through the processing," says Matta. Matta says everything from snow removal to valet parking will be on the table. No special treatment will be given to local or minority businesses, he says; rather, the most competitive bids will receive the contracts.