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Model Contractor Development Program Kicks Off

Jackson, Mississippi — September 5, 2017 — The Mississippi Development Authority’s Model Contractor Development Program workshop series kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 28. The program will be held at the Greenville Higher Education Center, 2900 A Highway 1 South, Greenville, Mississippi.

Small contractors and business representatives will learn how to increase their operations and bonding capacity. The eight-week workshop series is free. Participants must enroll or already be enrolled in the Mississippi Contractor Procurement Network to attend. Attendees must agree to attend at least seven of the eight sessions to successfully complete the program, including the kickoff session.

The workshops will be held Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The program schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 28 – Kickoff and Orientation
  • Oct. 5 – Banking and Finance
  • Oct. 12 – Bonding and Insurance for New and Emerging Contractors
  • Oct. 19 – Construction Accounting and Financial Management
  • Oct. 26 – Marketing, Estimating and Bidding
  • Nov. 2 – Project Management and Field Operations
  • Nov. 9 – Claims and Disputes Resolution
  • Nov. 16 – Success Stories: Managing Growth

The Greenville Model Contractor Development Program workshop series is underwritten by the Surety and Fidelity Association of America and sponsored by MDA, South Delta Planning and Development District, Mississippi Valley State University, Washington County Board of Supervisors, CompuRecycling Center, Inc., Washington County Economic Alliance, City of Greenville and CB&S Bank. U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson is honorary co-host.

Seating is limited, so interested parties are encouraged to register by visiting www.mscpc.com, selecting the “Events Calendar” and then “Sept. 28.” For more information, contact Michelle Bernard with MDA’s Minority and Small Business Development Division at (601) 359-6678 or mbernard@mississppi.org or Shearra Hardwick with Mississippi Valley State University at (662) 332-8388 or shearra.hardwick@mvsu.com.