Governor McCoroy’s Office for Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) last week announced the conclusion of the first Triad Region Contractors College on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.
The ten-week program was attended by members of fifteen firms from various segments of the construction industry with an aim to increase basic knowledge in: digital documentation; public construction processes; marketing and business development; bidding and working with state agencies, municipalities and the UNC System.
Dennis M. English, Jr., director of the HUB Office, was quoted as saying: “I’m extremely excited to host this program in the Triad Region. More than $340 million construction is taking place in the region thanks to the Connect NC bond. It is Governor McCrory’s priority to ensure that our small and minority contractors are not only aware of these construction opportunities but also have the strategy in place to take advantage of them.”
Judy Kay Jefferson, deputy secretary of advocacy, NC Department of Administration, called the program “critical to developing our small and minority businesses that will compete for the millions of dollars in construction across the state of North Carolina.”
Since 2014, the HUB Office has partnered with industry leaders from across the state to hold four Contractors Colleges, which produced 48 graduates.
Program sponsors of this event included: Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina A&T State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the North Carolina Department of Administration, Balfour Beatty Construction, JE Dunn Construction, New Atlantic Construction, Rentenbach Contractors, Frank L. Blum Construction, GP Supply Company, the Carolina Small Business Development Fund, Nielson, Wojtowicz, Neu and Associates, the City of Winston-Salem, Holt Brothers Construction and SRS Incorporated.