The Kingdom Builders’ Center announced today the launch of a new Construction Contractors’(CCC) beginning May 20, 2014. The free nine-month program is designed to prepare minority business owners in construction and construction services to bid on contracts in the public and private sectors.
Eligible candidates for the CCC program are construction-related business owners who have been in business for one year and have filed the appropriate tax returns with the IRS for at least one year. The application form, developed with the assistance of Capital One Bank, is available online by clicking on the CCC icon at www.thekbc.com. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m., March 14, 2014.Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program in early May. Classes will be held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
According to Tandelyn Weaver, Executive Director of The Kingdom Builders’ Center, a team of representatives from certifying agencies, experienced sub- and general contractors and successful small businesses helped define and shape the course offerings. “The result is a comprehensive curriculum strategically designed to provide relevant and useful information that business owners can put into practice immediately,” says Weaver. Course topics to be taught by experienced leaders include credit awareness, specialized business plan development, certification, back office enhancement, bidding, project management and access to capital.
Stated outcomes for the CCC’s graduates include:
• Learning to develop a business structure and plan around their skill or trade;
• Meeting general contractors;
• Strengthening opportunities to secure financing;
• Gaining direct access to METRO’s (Metropolitan Transit Authority) express certification
• Receiving mentoring, coaching and counseling from experienced professionals,
including SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) and other seasoned consultants.
Capital One Bank provided funding for the CCC. “Capital One Bank is pleased to support the Construction Contractors’ College,” says Laurie Vignaud, Senior Vice President/Senior Director of Community Development Banking for Capital One Bank. “Through an integrated approach that we call ‘Investing for Good,’ Capital One Bank orchestrates the delivery of core banking services along with specialized community development, philanthropic and volunteer support to generate lasting, local community impact and valuable business results. The Construction Contractors’ College program is a great example of how we bring Investing for Good to life in Houston.
In addition to Capital One Bank, partners of the CCC include: Accion, Balfour Beatty, Carla Lane Staffing, the City of Houston, DSAM LLC, edOppSolutions LLC, EQQuickbooks, EvoSourceCompany, George E. Johnson Development, Hairston & Associates, HISD, Houston Business Development Inc., Houston City Council Member District K Larry Green, KBR, Marsh & McLennan Companies, METRO, Money Management International, People Fund, The Port of Houston, The Principle Partnering Group, SCORE and Venturi Outcomes.
“With the backing of Capital One Bank and our other partners, we are confident that the applicants chosen to go through the Construction Contractors’ College will sufficiently develop to grow their businesses financially, positively impacting the Houston economy,” states Weaver.
The Construction Contractors’ College (CCC) is a signature program of The Entrepreneurs’ Learning Center sponsored by The Kingdom Builders’ Center. The Entrepreneurs’ Learning Center is a business-supportive launch pad site that provides space and services for individuals at different points of their entrepreneurial journey.