LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2013) — Eight community partners will team up to offer the Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training Program this winter.
The 10-week program is now entering its fourth year and has successfully graduated 37 participants. It covers a wide range of topics from business planning, estimating and bidding, contracts and legal issues to project safety.
The classes are open to minority or women-owned firms with a minimum of 51 percent ownership in a construction or construction-related business.
“Our participants have come from Lexington and other parts of the state and Indiana,” said Marilyn Clark, minority business liaison for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. “We are very proud of the tangible results of the program. To date our graduates have been awarded over $5 million in contracts with the program’s sponsors.”
“The program has gained broad support in the business community and this year we are adding a new sponsor – American General Contractors (AGC),” said Dee Dee Harbut of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center. “We are really pleased to have so many quality sponsors who are passionate about the program and partnering with these minority and women-owned businesses.”
In addition to AGC, other sponsors for the 2014 program are the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, the Blue Grass Airport, the Fayette County Public Schools, UK Facilities Management, Messer Construction and BEX Construction.
The deadline for applying for the program is Dec. 2. A selection committee will review all applications for acceptance into the program. Approved participants will be notified in December. The program starts Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The cost is $100.
Classes will be conducted Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in the training room at the Blue Grass Airport.
The class application and brochure are posted online at www.lexingtonky.gov/MWBE.
For more information, contact Marilyn Clark at [email protected] or (859) 258-3323.