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Suffolk Construction to hold certification classes for minority, women subcontractors

Posted by Patrick Rosso  July 23, 2012 01:23 PM

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Suffolk Construction will soon launch an initiative aimed at strengthening minority- and women-owned subcontracting businesses.

The program, which includes seven classroom sessions and will work to foster relationships between subcontractors and Suffolk, will be free and has openings for 30 Supplier Diversity Office certified businesses.

“We take great pride in building strong relationships with organizations to mentor, coach, and recruit quality-driven, experienced subcontractors on all of our projects,” Brian McPherson, director of workforce compliance at Suffolk Construction said in a statement.

“Offered solely for SDO-certified businesses, our Subcontractor Development Series will provide disadvantaged, minority, and women firms with valuable business management skills and a better understanding of how to successfully work with Suffolk.”

The series, part of Suffolk’s existing Learning & Development program, will be offered to 15 union and 15 non-union subcontractors that are certified by either the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, the Minority Business Enterprise, or Women Owned Business Enterprise.

Applicants must also have been in business for a minimum of two years and some of the construction management and business skills that will be taught include, risk management, safety, scheduling, and finances.

The sessions, led by Suffolk and industry personnel, will run for two-hours and after the completion of the course each graduate will receive a certificate.

The classes will be held every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Suffolk’s Conference and Learning Center in Roxbury.

The application deadline is Aug. 10 at 5:00 p.m. and selected participants will be notified by 5:00 p.m. Aug. 24.

For more information on the program and to apply, click here.

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