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State's minority contractors get down to business.

When the New York State Association of Minority Contractors (NYMSAMC) starts its third session of construction management workshops on Tuesday with a record 70 participants, it will be providing a well-needed service to minority/ women owned businesses as a part of its responsibilities under the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement.

"As an emerging contractor, the workshops are excellent," states Everard Campbell, of Eveready Development, LLC, who has graduated from the two previous sessions of NYSAMC's workshops.

Campbell is now collaborating with one of his former workshop classmates to create a more competitive bid on an upcoming job. "As a civil engineer, the workshops give you better insight to the world outside of construction--the business side--which is truly where business deals in the construction world are brokered."

Today, minority/women-owned contractors are highly skilled in their own areas of expertise, but many have never had proper training on the administrative side of the business. Some are missing key data on how to bid on jobs. Others struggle with lack of access to capital or even how to gain information on upcoming jobs becoming available. Still others run into issues with the unions.

On Tuesday, these contractors will begin to get the answers they need in the third series of construction management training workshops being held. The twice-weekly training sessions, which will run for seven weeks, are being sponsored by NYSAMC, Bovis Lend Lease, Forest City Ratner Companies and Medgar Evers College. Classes will be held at the Medgar Evers College School of Business.

"The process to obtain worthy contracts that will sustain minority and women-owned businesses has been hampered with obstacles because many of these types of businesses are told that they are not prepared," said Elenora Bernard, chairperson of NYSAMC, which is charged under the CBA with providing technical assistance and education for small contractors.

"NYSAMC's training is significant because it works towards helping its participants be more competitive applicants in the bidding process and clearing such roadblocks."

The series will include such subjects as Fundamentals of Estimating, Access to Capital and Credit Management, How to Deal with the IRS, Legal Aspects of Construction Management and Working for the Agencies--Contract Procurement and M/WBE Certification. Other topics include Principles and Practices of Purchasing, Quick Books Pro, OSHA (U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Organization) Requirements and Construction Safety, Labor Relations and Working for Bovis Lend Lease, among others.

Anthony Clouden, who owns Golden Development and Construction, Corp., believes the training he received helped his general construction business. "The workshops in general are fabulous in trying to get a handle on the business of doing construction," states Clouden. "The NYSAMC program is intense and they go through every process as to how to run a successful business."
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Date:Apr 25, 2007
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