CAGC Foundation construction business academy celebrates first graduation of minority businesses

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC) has held a graduation ceremony for the first class of the CAGC Foundation Construction Business Academy, all minority-owned and small-business construction companies, have graduated after completing a dozen sessions on topics ranging from business and strategic planning to licensing, insurance, and mental health awareness.

The academy was created with a $3 million grant from the North Carolina General Assembly to provide training and coaching to help businesses rebound after COVID. With billions of dollars in state and federal funding authorized for infrastructure for highway-heavy, building and utility projects, this program helps businesses successfully compete to work on the hundreds of construction projects in their communities and around the state.

“We are very grateful to the North Carolina legislature for providing funding at a time when the construction industry in the Carolinas faces a critical shortage in talent for rewarding and challenging careers,” said Dave Simpson, CAGC president and CEO.

The first class graduated on April 12 in a ceremony in Charlotte. The development program is designed to strengthen minority, disadvantaged and women-owned businesses to ensure their sustainability and growth.

There are 12 sessions over three months that focus on areas critical to the growth and development of companies and business owners. Students—each representing their company—are then further supported with business coaching, mentoring, and access to technical resources for a full year.

Congratulations to 18 graduating companies:

  • 24K Hauling Inc.
  • 5-Star Supply Company, LLC
  • Agua Source LLC
  • American Electric Company
  • Bobby’s Painting Company
  • Bonilla Brothers, LLC
  • Ascendance Electric
  • DJAC – SPECIALTIES
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  • KID Construction Company
  • Men on the Move Express Logistics, LLC
  • Purified Pros
  • MORCON
  • RA SIGNS INC
  • S & G Express, LLC
  • Skyeline Construction LLC
  • Spark Building Group
  • UTD Technology Corp.
  • VHM Contracting,LLC

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