10/5/2012 Florida WCOE continues to grow and new bid opportunities posted

Welcome to our newest
Florida member

A surety trailblazer, Gladys Keith, has been recognized for her "influence" (a.k.a. arm twisting) with a national surety company to support the Florida A&M University Bond Program. The program is funded by the Florida Department of Transportation and provides a comprehensive construction management development training program for DBEs and SBEs. Gladys attended the first ever WCOE "Meet and Greet" in Fort Lauderdale in August and wound up solving a bonding problem that resulted in a new client for her company and a very happy woman business owner. But that wasn't all, because she was able to reconnect with old friends and meet several new potential clients at that one meeting, she sent in her membership application soon after. Gladys is the President & CEO of FSB Agency, Inc., a bonding brokerage firm in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area. You can welcome her to WCOE by calling 954.323.3587 or emailing [email protected].

Two WCOE members as 2013 calendar pinups!

For those of you who remember Mary Cantando from last year's Annual Leadership Conference, or prior references about her in this newsletter, you may recall that she has solicited "thought for the day" quotes from our members for inclusion in her annual page-a-day calendar publication. So far, we have heard of two WCOE members who are included in the 2013 edition. Past President Deborah Wilder is Miss May 27th with "Democracy is NOT a spectator sport", a quote that should really be on November 6, 2012! Central Region Director Jane Hilboldt is Miss January 21st with "Just do the right thing. It's not always easy, but it is always right". Congratulations Ladies, you are now official pin-up girls. WCOE members can get their own copy of this inspirational calendar from your peers.


KCMO Meeting now open for registrations

Please join the WCOE Board of Directors in Kansas City, MO the morning of November 2, 2012 for a networking, informational and inspirational breakfast event. We are pleased that marketer-extraordinaire John Jantsch has been scheduled to do a knock-out presentation on his "Duct Tape Marketing" ideas. We all know that construction industry businesses don't have a lot of extra cash lying around to invest in marketing campaigns. John has built his reputation around finding ways to help companies market themselves on a shoestring budget – hence the "duct tape" reference. John's new book, "The Commitment Engine" is being published next week and he will have copies available for sale at our meeting – he'll even personally autograph one for you. The meeting is being held in Mark One Electric's spacious new meeting room at 909 Troost Avenue in KCMO. You can register on our website – or send an email to [email protected].



That email you received isn't spam – it's an opportunity

Announced in the August 3rd Turning Point newsletter is a new rewards program available to WCOE members that provides significant benefits back to you. The Board of Directors has approved a program from AchieveLinks which allows WCOE members to gather reward points from their everyday business purchases at vendors you routinely use.

Everyone has credit and airline rewards cards. If you are like millions of other Americans you tend to use those cards as often as you can in order to accrue points to be used for future travel, hotels or any number of other special "reward treats". WCOE's program with AchieveLinks opens up a whole new way for you to earn reward points just by buying something at your already favorite store or vendor – like for office supplies, travel, business services, construction materials and dozens of other categories. You still earn your rewards from your credit or travel card that you use to pay, but you also qualify for special discounts plus earn separate reward points from AchieveLinks.

But here is a real life experience that shows an easy triple-dip. One member logged in to Hotels.com through WCOE's web portal. She booked the hotel stay (at a rate that was $15 lower than an earlier Hotels.com search outside the portal) and she paid with her American Express rewards card. The results: she earned miles on the AmEx card, she earned reward points on the WCOE AchieveLinks program, AND because she had an account with Hotels.com she earned a free hotel night. Now, what is not to like about that? You can easily sign up on WCOE's website – but you must be a member to participate!


WBE/MBE Special Invitation to Bid

Opus Design Build, LLC, General Contractor, is seeking bids from qualified WBE and MBE subcontractors and suppliers for Project Apple. The project is located at 901 West Carondelet Drive, Kansas City, Missouri. At this time, Opus is seeking qualified subcontractor bids for design-build fire protection, HVAC, plumbing and electrical subcontractors. Project completion is set for June 1, 2013. Bid documents are available for review by submitting an email to [email protected]. Bids are due, via email, October 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm. Please contact Opus Design Build at 816.480.4444 for information or questions.

Additional bid opportunities are posted on our website and updated almost daily. Be sure to check the website frequently.

Small Business Saturday is on track for 2012

Following up on a very successful launch last year, Small Business Saturday is back in the news. This is the Saturday that falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (following Thanksgiving) when the Holiday shopping frenzy begins. Prior to their adjournment for electioneering, the House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) introduced resolution HR 793 supporting "Small Business Saturday" and recognizing the critical value of small business to the American economy. The date is November 24th and we are enthusiastically joining other small business organizations to promote this event. You may remember from last year that this is the day being promoted to shop your local small businesses. Not only can you support our efforts by visiting your local merchants on 11/24, but you can consider offering special deals of your own. There will be massive publicity on this event which is supported financially by American Express, so step up and participate.


SBA honors Women's Small Business Month

It may have slipped by your radar screen but October has been officially named Women's Small Business Month. To celebrate, SBA will be holding a series of web chats hosted by experts on a variety of issues pertaining to SBA's mission. The topics will range from SBA programs and advice for women who own their own business to finding access to capital and funding sources to ensuring women have the resources they need for a successful profitable enterprise. Just click on the link to submit your questions and participate.

The chats are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, October 11th at 4:00pm EDT
Topic: Finding Capital
Featuring: Jeanne Hulit, Associate Administrator, Office of Capital Access
Submit Questions Here

Tuesday, October 16th at 3:00pm EDT
Topic: Contracting with the Federal Government
Featuring: John Shoraka, Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, Aditi Dussault, Special Advisor to the Associate Administrator
Submit Questions Here

Thursday, October 25th at 2:00pm EDT
Topic: Business Opportunities for Young Women
Featuring: Ana Harvey, Assistant Administrator, Office of Women's Business Ownership, Meredith Olafson, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Entrepreneurial Development
Submit Questions Here



Many contractors and subcontractors, including WCOE members, use the iSqFt Prequalification Management Application. The ConsensusDocs Form 721 Subcontractor Statement of Qualifications has incorporated the iSqFt PMA for some time but effective this week, the iSqFt PMA now includes the ConsensusDocs 721 form. The alliance going both ways is great news for the industry and for the Coalition of construction industry organizations that work tirelessly to improve and refine the construction contract process.

Do you know iSqFt?

WCOE is looking at a possible strategic alliance with iSqFt and we want to know if any of our members use it or would like to use it. Please send an email to [email protected] and let us know if this is something that would interest (and benefit) you.

It pays to be a construction woman in the Lone Star State

As reported in a front page story in the Texas Tribune this week, the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey shows that in general Texas women earn less than Texas men. However, in the construction industry where men constitute 92% of the workforce, Texas women have a higher median wage then men. One Congressional District in Dallas also shows a higher median annual income for women than for men. Are we seeing the beginning of a nationwide trend?

DOT Fiscal Year 2013 Procurement Forecast is Released

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is pleased to announce the issuance of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Procurement Forecast. The Procurement Forecast is prepared annually in accordance with Public Law 100-656, to assist small businesses in planning their federal government marketing efforts. The FY2013 forecast provides information on anticipated DOT procurements over the simplified acquisition threshold and can be searched by quarter, industry category, Operating Administration (OA) and key words.

To access the system, please visit http://osdbu.dot.gov/Procurement/index.cfm

No, it's not SPAM

WCOE has received a couple of inquires about the safety and security of our membership list. Rest assured that WCOE does not under any circumstances sell your information. The database is also secure with a respected national firm and cannot easily be hacked. Credit card numbers are never stored following a transaction. However, we do have a few strategic alliance partners that request distribution of their information to our members. The Board of Directors carefully reviews each request and if it is deemed to be something that would benefit most of our members, the distribution is approved. If you have concerns about this policy, please send an email to [email protected] and it will be reviewed by the Board of Directors.

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