The Rives E. Worrell Co., a JE Dunn Construction Company, recently kicked off its 2015 Minority Contractor Business Development (MCBD) Program for 13 area companies. The program, which first began in Savannah in 2011, provides a venue for minorityand woman-owned firms in construction-related fields to participate in a training program to enhance business acumen and interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
The companies comprising the 2015 MCBD program represent a variety of construction-related fields, including masonry, carpentry, final cleaning, erosion control and electrical. Monthly classes began March 12. Participants will graduate in October 2015.
“The Rives E. Worrell Co. is pleased to welcome another class into its MCBD program. Participants will successfully complete a rigorous curriculum of topics ranging from estimating to relationship and business development, marketing, accounting, legal, safety, communication and leadership,” said Cherelle Cortez, diversity manager. “It is our goal to substantially increase the numbers of minority- and woman-owned businesses that are certified and eligible to bid on construction projects.”
Participants chosen for each six-month class have access to a full day of training each month, free of charge. Facilitators are business owners and understand the unique needs and challenges that face small businesses.
In the two years the program has been active in Savannah, the Rives E. Worrell Co. has awarded 24 projects totaling more than $23 million to local minority and woman-owned businesses. More than $9 million of that went to MCBD program participants.