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Barb Christensen - Association of Women Contractors


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Association of Women Contractor's presentation from One Minneapolis: A Call to Action! conference December 2, 2011 hosted by the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights

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Barb Christensen - Association of Women Contractors

  1. 1. Barb Lau Christensen Association of Women Contractors
  2. 2. Association of Women Contractors <ul><li>The Association of Women Contractors (AWC) provides support to women business owners in the construction industry. AWC was founded in 1995 by a group of pioneering women to assist women succeed in a male-dominated industry. Women Business Owner (WBO) members are General Contractors, Specialty Contractors and Material Suppliers who own, control and manage the day to day operations of their businesses. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Women/Minority Contractors Barriers to Success <ul><li>Access to Opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Current Size and Capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Education and Training </li></ul><ul><li>Bonding and Cash Flow </li></ul><ul><li>Agency Enforcement </li></ul>
  4. 4. AWC Activities <ul><li>Co-Facilitator of the City of St. Paul’s Construction Partnering Program pairing Large Contractors with Small Women and Minority Businesses. </li></ul><ul><li>Represents Women Business Owners with Government Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Notifies members of Educational and Training opportunities with organization partners and government agencies </li></ul>
  5. 5. Education and Training <ul><li>AWC hosts three full day workshops annually ~ free to AWC and NAMC Members. These workshop topics have been requested by members or are timely in nature. </li></ul><ul><li>AWC shares partnering organization’s education calendars with members to provide additional opportunities for learning. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Bonding and Cash Flow <ul><li>AWC offers education on Insurance and Bonding for its members. </li></ul><ul><li>AWC works with outside organizations to provide bonding training. </li></ul><ul><li>AWC provides its members information about a variety of working capital loans and other financing organizations and options. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Agency Enforcement <ul><li>AWC represents women and minority business interests on a number of committees for publicly funded projects where goals are set. </li></ul><ul><li>AWC currently heads a good faith efforts committee for Mn/DOT to work toward increasing participation of DBEs. </li></ul><ul><li>Assists members with certification for a larger pool of certified firms. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Access to Opportunity <ul><li>Networking and relationship building assistance through the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General Contractor Open Houses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General Contractor Round Table </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking Events, including golf, holiday, and summer fun events. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Invitations to Bid sent to our membership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General Contractor Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Bid Opportunities i.e. City of St. Paul’s DemandStar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct Referrals </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Access to Opportunity <ul><li>Bidding Links on AWC website </li></ul><ul><li>Developing partnerships with organizations that can assist our members </li></ul>