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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 15, 2007


NYC DEPT. OF SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES AND CITY TECH ANNOUNCE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR NYC CERTIFIED MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED CONSTRUCTION FIRMS

Program To Strengthen Local Construction Firms and Help Them Bid on City Construction Jobs

The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) today launched a free training program at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) -- part of The City University of New York – for construction firms that are certified by the City as minority- and/or women-owned business enterprises. Individuals from 19 construction firms today began the first of six courses toward an 85-hour certificate program at City Tech’s Academy for Construction Education and Safety, covering such topics as cost estimating, construction contract law, project planning, project scheduling, risk management and closeouts.

"Our Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program has made it easier than ever for a diverse group of businesses to receive contracts with the City," said Robert Walsh, Commissioner of the City’s Department of Small Business Services. "Today we build upon this accomplishment by partnering with City Tech to  provide local minority- and women-owned construction firms with access to exceptional resources that will enhance their ability to bid, win and perform on contracts, and give them the tools and training they need to thrive."

"As an educational institution, City Tech appreciates SBS’s recognition of and commitment to the importance of training to workforce and economic development," said Carol Sonnenblick, Dean of City Tech's Division of Continuing Education. "Program participants will leave us with stronger skills in construction management and a greater ability to participate in contracting and business opportunities in the city's booming construction industry."

Top industry professionals will teach the courses, which will be offered to City-certified companies for a nominal registration fee. While eligible participants may take any combination of the courses, those who successfully complete all six will receive a certificate from City Tech's Division of Continuing Education in Fundamentals of Construction Management. 

In December 2005, Mayor Bloomberg signed Local Law 129, creating the Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program to help reduce disparity and to ensure fair participation and equal opportunity in City contracting. Firms that have been in business for more than one year and that are at least 51% owned by a minority or woman are eligible for certification. In the past three years, SBS has made the certification of minority and women-owned firms easier by eliminating bureaucratic hurdles, implementing new technologies, building partnerships with the public and private sectors, and better preparing minority and women-owned firms to compete for City contracts. The Program provides access to City and other contract opportunities to certified firms, and includes training programs, one-on-one technical assistance, and networking events.

For more information visit http://www.nyc.gov/getcertified or call 311.



  CONTACT:
Kara Alaimo
NYC Dept. of Small Business Services
212-513-6318

Michele Forsten
New York City College of Technology
718-260-5109