Stay tuned for details on the 50th Golden Anniversary National Conference in San Francisco, CA, June 2019

Fulton County Department of Purchasing and Contract Compliance will host a seminar titled Conquering Construction and Service Contracts.  The event will focus on recognizing legal and surety bond terms that could expose your business to significant legal and financial risk.  The event will take place on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center, 3900 Aviation Circle, NW, Atlanta, GA 30336.  For more information, please view the attached flyer.



You are cordially invited to come and participate during the 1st Annual Supplier Diversity Summit at Grady Health System.  The event will be held on November 15th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, located at 50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 150 (lobby area), Atlanta, GA 30303.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Atlanta Business League Business Enrichment Seminar Series

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The Department of Watershed Management

Upcoming Solicitation Opportunity

As part of the City’s continued commitment to advancing our efforts to implement Green Infrastructure (GI) within City watersheds, the Department of Watershed Management is issuing a GI Design Challenge.

There are six proposed locations throughout the City with the objective to engage the design community to create innovative and practical GI solutions.

The goal of the six projects is to maximize infiltration and the storage of storm water runoff from surrounding areas while maintaining feasible construction and long-term maintenance costs.

We invite the design community which include landscape architects, engineers and GI specialists to learn more about the projects that will foster community involvement, provide environmental improvements and neighborhood enhancements.

The GI Design Challenge Kick-Off
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 11 a.m.

To register for the kick-off meeting click HERE
For more information click HERE to download the flyer.

If you have any questions please contact 404-546-3200 or


Save the date: GDOT 2018 DBE & Small Business Forum




Plane Train Tunnel West Extension Project

Wednesday, Sept. 12th, 4:00-6:00pm

Dept. of Aviation

Tech Campus

1255 South Loop Rd

College Park, GA 30337

Please Register here:


Nebraska Business Opportunity Exchange August 9, 2018

Hello TIER 1 & TIER Vendors,

You are all invited to attend the upcoming Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council (MPMSDC) NE Business Opportunity Exchange on, next Thursday, 9 Aug 2018, at the Creighton University Harper Center.  This conference is from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Come and meet Purchasing and Supplier Diversity Professionals from: ConAgra, Creighton Univ., 1st Nat’l Bank, Enterprise Holdings, JACOBS Engineering, MUD, Offutt AF Base, OPS, UPRR, Univ of NE, Wells Fargo and many others.

The POC for additional information regarding this outstanding event is Ms. Belinda Hooks, at 402-835-4076, or the email address listed on the CC line.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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OEAM General Contracting Industry Day 

The City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Enterprise Asset Management extends an invitation for general contractors to attend an informational session on Monday, August 13, 2018 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  The Industry Day will be held at Atlanta City Hall’s Old Council Chambers, 68 Mitchell Street, SW – 3rd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303.  Attendees will get to meet representatives from OEAM, Aviation, Department of Procurement, Office of Contract Compliance, Risk Management and Gordian (Job Order Contracting Consultant). A panel discussion as well as a Q&A session is also scheduled.  Please view the attached flyer for additional information.


Photos from July Monthly membership meeting featuring Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST


NAMC Georgia Chapter is hosting a series of free seminars.  The first of the series, “Bonding 101 & Finance”  is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2018 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at 1631 LaFrance Street, Atlanta, GA.  Please RSVP at  Click here for flyer.


Please see the attached flyer for our upcoming 15th annual women’s business expo in August. This is an outstanding opportunity for Atlanta metro women business owners to come together to network and learn from  other successful women owned businesses.

Please feel free to pass this flyer along to others.  We hope to see you there!



On behalf of the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority (“AFCRA”), Philips Arena, Turner Construction and the Arena Joint Venture team (“AJV”), Griffin & Strong, P.C. (“GSPC”) would like to welcome you to the Philips Arena/AFCRA EBO Bulletin.

Our responsibility as Equal Business Opportunity (“EBO”) consultant is to assist AFCRA and AJV in assuring the participation of minority and female owned businesses in the renovation of Philips Arena. GSPC will circulate this Bulletin to present information about subcontracting opportunities on the renovation project, vendor spotlights, and outreach events

The Bulletin will be circulated periodically to City of Atlanta Certified Minority and Female Business Enterprise vendors.

Painting Company Revels in Arena Contract

Edwards Painting & Contracting, Inc., was founded more than 20 years ago to capitalize on a growing home improvement market. Company president Eddie Cummings leads the City of Atlanta certified Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and its 10 staff members in an increasing number of high-profile projects, including work on Phase I of the renovation of Philips Arena.

The Mississippi native graduated from DeVry University in 1994 with a degree in Business Operations, and moved to Atlanta looking to follow in his older brother’s footsteps of becoming an entrepreneur. From the beginning, Cummings had a simple plan.

“Painting was a good idea because people were either building new or renovating their existing homes and businesses,” he said. “There was always something needing to be painted.”

That philosophy held true, even through a national home-buying slump and a recession that began in 2009. Cummings’ crew found work painting barracks at Fort Benning in Columbus, and tackling projects for MARTA, the Georgia Department of Transportation, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, a number of school districts, and other government buildings around the state.

When Phase I of the Philips Arena renovation was underway, Cummings said sub-prime contractor Paint Doctor reached out to him. Because of its certification with the City, Edwards Painting & Contracting was an attractive asset to a prime contractor required to outsource a percentage of its labor to a Minority Business Enterprise.

Cummings assigned three staffers to cover 200 hours of labor, including painting ceilings in eight arena suites, sealing the new concrete floor, painting temporary walls and partitions, and painting yellow safety stripes on all of the stairs that lead to arena seating.

After having successfully completed Phase I, Cummings said he is proud to have been able to leave his mark on the facility. He also said he anticipates a significant boost to his company’s reputation, particularly as he bids on larger projects in the area.

“I can look back and point to the work we did as a reference,” Cummings said. “We take pride in everything we do, and we did good work on this project.”

Cumming said that opportunities for smaller, disadvantaged vendors to participate in high-level projects like the Philips Arena renovation go a long way toward bolstering Atlanta’s MBE and DBE communities.

“It’s a tremendous help,” he said of the Equal Business Opportunity project. “By having those EBO participation projects out there, it gives minority business owners a proven track record that we’ve done this type of work and can be successful going forward.”

Phase II & III Subcontracting Opportunities

Subcontracting opportunities remain on Phase II and III of the redevelopment for City of Atlanta certified M/FBE businesses in the following trades. Interested vendors for the following trades may initiate direct contact with the sub-primes listed below to inquire about available scopes:

ISU Electric
Connor Maltsberger
Project Manager | Inglett & Stubbs, LLC.
Cell: 404.719.9085

Video Display
Chris Olinger
Director of Sports Sales
Cell: 1-435-213-0078

Batchelor & Kimball, Inc.
Gordon Dunn
2227 Plunkett Road, Conyers, GA 30012
Cell: 678.346.8748

Structural Steel
SteelFab, Inc.
Jason Romine
5448 Spalding Drive, Bldg. 200, Norcross, GA 30092
C 770-714-0213

Tommy Ferrara
Project Manager
1901 MacArthur Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
M: (703) 282-7787

For additional questions and concerns, feel free to reach GSPC via email at or Community Engagement Coordinator, Sterling Johnson, at


AT&T Supplier Diversity will host a Mobility Construction Services Supplier Conference for diverse businesses (Certified Minority, Women, and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Enterprises) to discuss opportunities for the mobility network build out including support of First Net. Representatives from AT&T’s 4.0 Mobility Construction Vendor teams will share information and participate in roundtable sessions.

Construction (New Site Builds, Tower Crews, Civil, Fiber, HVAC, Electrical, Traffic Control, Underground, Concrete, Drilling/Shoring, Masonry, and Welding, Permitting, Site Acquisition)
Engineering (Furnish, Install, Plant, Network Architecture, Integration, Troubleshooting)
Wireless Installation (Microwave, Small Cell, DAS)
Generator Services & Maintenance

We invite diverse certified businesses from
the Southeast region to register to attend this one time only event.

AT&T Mobility Construction Vendors will be on hand to share the following:

  • Opportunities for subcontracting Qualificat
  • ions required for subcontracting
  • And other valuable information

WednesdayJune 6, 2018
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

AT&T Auditorium (N100) 1025 Lenox Park Boulevard
Atlanta, Georgia 30319

Register Here

Due to limited space please register two attendee per company.
Registration will close when max capacity of attendees is reached.
Registration does not guarantee attendance; a separate confirmation email will be sent.


Construction Ready HIRING FAIRS

May 24th and June 7th

Construction Ready is announcing the next set of “Lunch & Learns” and “Hiring Fairs” for Employers who are seeking to hire Graduates of CEFGA’s Construction Ready program.

May 24, 2018 – Construction Ready at TCWFI Group 8 (ULGA)

250 Georgia Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30312

Link to Sign Up:

Construction Ready at TCWFI Group 8

June 7, 2018 – Construction Ready at Westside Works Group 24

261 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW Atlanta, GA 30314

Link to sign up:

Construction Ready at Westside Works Group 24

These Construction Ready Graduates are “Trained, Credentialed and READY for Work!

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact CEFGA’s Construction Ready Team for your next new hires.

Graduates Resume, Background & 2-min YouTube Video Resume will be emailed to those companies signed up to attend the Hiring Fair(s) for review prior to Hiring Fair.

Graduates are “Trained, Credentialed and Ready for Work”


The Clayton County Water Authority will host an Informational Session on Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM at the Clayton County Water Authority Marie Barber Community Use Room, 1600 Battle Creek Road, Morrow, GA 30260.  To register for the session as well as to obtain additional information pertaining to the session, please view the attached flyer.


Fulton County Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Outreach

East Point Branch Library

Fairburn Hobgood-Palmer Branch Library

Thursday, March 22, 2018

10:30 a

3900 Aviation Circle NW

Atlanta. GA 30336

Click here for more information.


Keiwit is hosting an outreach event to highlight two upcoming packages: Marta’s Public Address System and Marta’s Electronic Signage (click here for flyer). The event will take place on March 20, 2018 from 9am to 11am at Marta headquarters. The address is 2424 Piedmont Rd, NE Atlanta, GA 30324. For more information about the event and the trades that will be utilized, please view the attached flyer. To register for the event, please email by March 16, 2018. Good luck!


NCMA Purchashing Month & Small Business Networking Event

March 21, 2018 5-8:00 pm

Click here for details.


2nd Annual Business Opportunity Reverse

Trade Show – March 28th

Presented by DeKalb County Purchasing Department

Click here for more information.


“How to Do Business with DeKalb County Clinic” Friday, March 9, 2017 

See Flyer here for more information.


Construction Ready HIRING FAIR this week in Atlanta.  

It’s Time to Sign up!

(18) Westside Works Graduates 261 Joseph E Lowery Blvd. NW Atlanta, GA 30314 on:

this Thursday MARCH 1, 2018

Click here to sign up for Westside Works Hiring Fair:

(16) Build Cobb Graduates 3110 Sports Ave SE Smyrna, GA 30080 on:

next Thursday MARCH 8, 2018 

Click here to sign up for Build Cobb Hiring Fair 

Interview Time:

Employers may attend anytime between the hours or 8:00am – 3:00pm to interview Graduates on March 1st for Westside Works & March 8th for Build Cobb.

Graduates are “Trained, Credentialed and Ready for Work” 


How to Do Business with the Government

The ACE Women’s Business Center is hosting a workshop on how to do business with the government. The goal of this workshop is for business owners to learn about the opportunities available and the requirements necessary to conduct business in the government space. The event is open to all businesses, and will take place on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The address is 10 College Street ,NW Norcross, GA 30071. All attendees must register via the following link and pay a $5.00 registration fee. For more information, please review the attached flyer.


Preconstruction Meet & Greet -Redmond Regional Medical Center Expansion/Renovation Project

You are invited to attend a Preconstruction Meet & Greet scheduled at Redmond Regional Medical Center located at 501 Redmond Road, Rome, Georgia 30165 on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  The event will take place in the Computer Physician Order Entry Room.

Batten & Shaw, Inc. and HCA will host the upcoming meeting for Rome, Georgia and  surrounding area businesses interested in contracting opportunities associated with Redmond Regional Medical Center Expansion/Renovation Project.

The project will consist of expansion and renovation of the existing surgery department at Redmond Regional Medical Center. Three Thoracic Operating Rooms will be removed and replaced with two new Thoracic Operating Rooms. There will be four new general operating rooms and required support space added to the faculty. The existing pre-op space will be added to the central sterile department and the new pre-op will be moved to the existing special procedures and CT scan area. Two new pre-op beds will be added to the overall count. The existing central sterile department will be expanded and receive new equipment. Existing support spaced and nurse stations will also be renovated.

Bid Packages associated with the project include the following:

Demolition · Final Cleaning · Site Utilities ·  Landscaping & Irrigation ·  Earthwork ·  EIFS ·  Concrete

Lightweight Insulating Concrete ·  Structural Steel & Misc. Steel ·  Plumbing/HVAC · Electrical/Fire/Alarm ·

Low Voltage/Security ·  Fire Suppression System ·  Millwork ·  Firestopping ·  Insulation · Expansion Joints ·  Fireproofing ·  Roofing ·Glass/Glazing · Door & Hardware ·  Flooring/Tiling · Landscaping · Drywall  · Painting · Wall Protection · Signage · Toilet Accessories · Misc. Specialties · Test & Balance · Window Treatments

Batten & Shaw, Inc. and HCA are strongly committed to the development and implementation of initiatives which promote the inclusion of all local construction-related businesses with an emphasis on minority and women-owned enterprise firms. Please join us at the Preconstruction Meet & Greet to explore more opportunities associated with this upcoming project.

For more information regarding prequalification, bid packages or bid documents, please contact:

Mike Ford, Senior Estimator at 615-292-2400 or via email at 

If your company is interested in attending the upcoming Redmond Regional Medical Center Project Meet & Greet, please RSVP no later than Friday, February 23, 2018 to or call (615) 941-8396.


Cobb County Purchasing is partnering with the National Contract Management Association to have a Purchasing Month Reception & Small Business Networking event on Wednesday, March 21.

The goal of this event is two-fold, (1) to celebrate and show appreciation to metro Atlanta government procurement professionals and (2) to provide a place for small businesses to network with each other, prime contractors and local government representatives in an effort to get information about upcoming business opportunities and to build long term professional collaborative relationships.

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And Finally, The Minority Household – Minority Business Connection by Dr. Fred McKinney, Tuck MBP at Dartmouth University

In September of 2017, the Census Bureau released a report showing that African American household income was the only major ethnic group that experienced a decline in inflation adjusted income since 2000. In 2016, Median African American household income was $39,000 compared to median household income of $47,000, $65,000, and $81,000 for Hispanics, Whites. and Asians, respectively

The question of why these differences continue to exist is a subject of study of a small army of sociologists and economists, so I will not jump into this debate. But I wonder how much of the explanation is related to the other fact that minority businesses also tend to be smaller than businesses owned by whites. According to the Minority Business Development Agency, The median gross receipts of Black firms with employees was $947,905 compared to $1,321,717, $1,304,571 and $2,337,983 for Hispanic owned, White owned and Asian owned businesses with employees, respectively.

As statisticians like to remind us, correlation is not causation. In fact, the connection between household income and business income could go in either direction or in both directions. Lower household income leads to lower levels of wealth accumulation and lower levels of wealth restrict the size of new ventures. It is also true that smaller businesses generate less income for their owners. The direction of the connection is perhaps less important than the reality that Black and minority entrepreneurs continue to own significantly smaller businesses and earn less income in lower-income communities.

In addition to these connections, lower incomes of Black and Hispanic households and businesses are a further restriction on businesses. Black and Hispanic consumers in most urban communities are underserved in many industries, from food stores, banks, general retail, healthcare and other services, because the grass is greener in other communities.

The solution to these problems begin with an acknowledgement that there is a problem. After this acknowledgement, the solution might require a Marshall Plan-like response. It is obvious because of the “stickiness” of this problem that expecting these differences to disappear on their own is unrealistic. For decades, we have under-invested in urban communities. I think it is time for this to change.

In your service,

Dr. Fred


Sundial Brands Announces Their Support for 10 Scholarships for Tuck Minority Business Programs

Tuck Minority Business Program alum Richelieu Dennis of Sundial Brands increased their commitment to minority business development and the Tuck Minority Business Program by providing 10 scholarships for minority firms to attend Tuck Minority Business programs in 2018.

Thank you Mr. Dennis. You are a shining example for all of our alumni.

For more information on the scholarship application process give Jade Melvin a call at 603-646-8412 or email her at


ATL Business Diversity is hosting a series of training classes targeted towards doing business with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  The first class, titled “How to do Business with the Airport”, is scheduled for February 14, 2018 from 8:30 – 10:30AM at the Hartsfield-Jackson Technical Campus, 1255 South Loop Road, College Park, GA 30337.  Open the attached flyer for more information, upcoming classes, and to register for the event at


The below opportunity is a perfect for anyone who enjoys working with children and wants to help introduce students to construction.

AGC Georgia’s Foundation recently provided seed money to help create after school Construction Clubs at elementary schools that feed into Roswell High School. Two new programs are modeled after a very successful one at Mimosa Elementary. I visited this program last year and was very impressed with how much the children are learning. — Watch this short video clip and you’ll be inspired!

We are in URGENT need for volunteers to introduce elementary students to woodworking skills.  The program’s director, Jeffrey Prothero, has asked me to help find 5 – 6 volunteers to make a 3-4 week commitment working one day a week for 75 minutes in the classroom (this equates to volunteering for 75 minutes for one day a week over a 3-4 week period.)

The job consist of helping safely keep the students on track while building their small woodworking projects. That’s all. No construction background is necessary, but it’s a bonus if we get pros or handy do-it-yourselfers.

The only MUST is that volunteers have to love kids and have genuine desire to help out.  Volunteers need to be in the classroom by 2:15 pm (that gets you to the school 15 minutes before club begins) and the volunteers can leave at 3:45pm.

Volunteers will work in ONE of three Roswell elementary schools, each of which holds Construction Club one day a week. The schedule is:

The clubs are currently working on building toolboxes. The immediate need begins next week on February 13 and runs through the week beginning March 6.

Please contact Jeffrey “J” Prothero for more information at 724-651-1499.


If we grow the number of young children who are interested in construction, we’ll have more students enrolled in construction-focused courses in middle and high school – leading to a larger pool of individuals who will seek a career in construction. This is the most basic of the grassroots elements to building our industry’s sustainable skilled talent pipeline. Please consider making a difference – share this opportunity with your team and anyone know who lives or works around the Roswell area.


JE Dunn Construction will host an outreach event for the upcoming project “Aspen Heights student housing/parking garage for Georgia State University.” This outreach event will be held on February 15THfrom 9:00am-11:00am at the JE Dunn office. Anticipated participants are urged to register online at

This outreach event is in conjunction with the Atlanta Public Schools outreach event.

Please find the attached flyer for communication correspondence.


The DeKalb County Government Department of Purchasing and Contracting will hold a Clinic on conducting business with the County on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:30AM at the Department of Watershed Management Conference Room A, 4572 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032.  Please view the attached flyer for contact and additional information.


DBE Goal Notice To The Public

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has published its proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Goal. Please review the attached document for more information and how you may be able to comment on the goal methodology.


2018 GA CareerExpo Hiring Fair: Employer Participation

The 2018 Georgia CareerExpo is hosting a state-wide hiring fair on March 22nd – 23rd in partnership with the GA Dept. of Economic Development – High Demand Career Initiative Construction Task Force, GADOE, Technical College System of Georgia, SkillsUSA, CEFGA’s K12 Pipeline, and multiple trade associations.

One of the primary challenges in building our workforce pipeline is job-site mobility. CEFGA will use the information provided to match local talent out of CEFGA’s K12 Pipeline and Technical College System of GA to your local projects.

The GA CareerExpo and SkillsUSA state competitions will be a gathering of hundreds of the top young skilled trade talent in the state competing in over 20 construction related contests. They will be joined by thousands of their peers enrolled in construction classes around the state.

CEFGA would like to provide employers the opportunity to interview and hire students/graduates on-site. Many will be 18+ and ready for full-time work. Others will be 16-17 and looking for summer work and Work Based Learning opportunities when they return to school. CEFGA can train your HR personnel on how to hire these students legally and even receive a Workers’ Comp incentive to do so. If your company would like to participate, please fill out the information.


Your input is needed for the Fulton County 2018 Disparity Study Public Hearing

Tuesday, January 23

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Aviation Community Cultural Center

3900 Aviation Circle NW

Atlanta, GA 30336

Click here for additional information


City of Atlanta Small Business Development Program 2018

Click here for program brochure.  Click here for the Contractor Questionnaire.


Atlanta Public Schools Outreach Event

ESDC – New Elementary School for the Douglass Cluster

Tuskegee Airman Global Academy

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am

JE Dunn Construction, 2555 Cumberland Parkway SE, Atlanta, GA

Please bring company marketing material and business cards

Contact Cherelle Cortez at 678.781.2574 or for more information.

Click here for event flyer