The Model Contractor Development Program teaches small construction contractors how to improve their company’s operations and increase their bonding capacity. It also helps them take advantage of the ongoing construction boom in Mississippi. The program, developed by The Surety & Fidelity Association of America, consists of eight-ten weeks of courses and includes the following two components:
An educational component that includes modules on various key topics in the construction industry
A technical assistance component that includes one-on-one assessments by professionals in the surety industry
Derived from the Model Contractor Development Program, the Contractor License Review Program is a series of courses that focuses specifically on preparation to successfully pass the written contractor licensure exam. This program, a spinoff of the full version of the MCDP, originated as a result of some visible reluctance among graduates of the MCDP to sit for the exam. An expert in the field, along with the MSBDD team, designed a series of courses aimed at increasing the number of minority and women contractors who pursue licensure. The importance of becoming licensed as well as the responsibility and credibility that comes along with licensure is emphasized. In addition, test taking strategies, content, and tactics to overcome the anxiety of the exam are covered.
Customized Business Development Workshops
Contingent upon a needs assessment analysis and feedback from officials, community leaders, and/or resource partners, a variety of workshops is available to assist with the operations, growth, and stamina of a company. A host of business development topics and issues are covered in these sessions with the objective of contributing to the continued development of Mississippi’s small minority and women-owned businesses. Some sessions include: business planning and general management, accounting and financial management, networking and negotiating, and branding and marketing.
For more information about any of these programs and workshops, email Michelle Bernard or call 601.359.6678.