WCOE Turning Point for 2/16/2016

Women Build America 2016

Caryn BoisenHello WCOE Friends!

Attached is information about the upcoming

WCOE Annual Conference, which will be held

April 3–5 in Washington, D.C.

The hotel room block at the Willard Intercontinental is open for booking. Attendees should call the Willard at (202) 628-9100 and ask to make reservations under the Women Construction Owners and Executives (WCOE) room block.

Conference registration will be open very soon – As soon as the website is live I will pass that information along to all of you. In the meantime, please share the information with others who you think might be interested in attending the Conference.



Caryn Boisen, President, WCOE

WCOE WCOE CA Chapter Co-hosts Mixer with Balfour Beatty

Balfour BeattySouthern California women in the construction and related industries will have an opportunity to network and learn more about WCOE and how to do work with Balfour Beatty at an event hosted by the CA Chapter of WCOE and Balfour on Thursday, March 3, 2015 at the Courtyard Marriott-Irvine Spectrum, 7955 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA. The schedule for the

Includes networking from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, program from 5:00 to 5:30 pm and networking from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm. A light dinner will be provided. To RSVP for the event, please contact Trista Bosch, trista@mtlwks.com or call 530-510-0297.

Live to Bloom Event Planned for Kansas City, MO

The Kansas City Community, Central Exchange and Partners are hosting the Live to Bloom Event March 5th that will provide a venue for women 18-25 leaving the Foster Care system to explore careers pathways. The trades offer a rewarding career and many women do not think of the trades as a career path. More information is available at youthrive.org/about/the-need or contact hello@livetobloom.org or 816-343-8726.

CT Mechanical Makes Crain's Fast 50

Catherine TojangaCongratulations to Catherine Tojaga, owner of CT Mechanical and WCOE National Board Member for making the list of Crain's annual Fast Fifty list. The list is Crain's roundup of the fastest growing Chicago companies that have achieved impressive gains over a five-year period. Located in Lombard, IL, CT Mechanical has 38 employees and has a five-year growth of 513%. The company does HVAC contract work and posted $18.6 million in revenue for 2014.

According to Crain's reporter, the HVAC company that started on Tojaga's dining-room table has expanded to 38 employees and more than $18.6 million in revenue last year. She says it grew from reaching out to her construction contacts for clientele and partnering with larger construction companies that need a certified women's business enterprise on the job. "Being a woman in construction, there are some challenges, so we have to take advantage of the advantages when we can," Tojaga says.

Disparity Study Completed by SFMTA Available for Review

SFMTAThe San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has completed a 16-month Disparity Study of their contracting. The study will be presented on Tuesday, Febraury 23, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at SFMTA, Candlestick and Corona Heights Conference Rooms, One South Van Ness Ave. Sixth Floor, San Francisco, CA. It is also available for review at sfmtadisparitystudy.webs.com.

Nike Worldwide Headquarters Growing by 3.2 Million Square Feet

NikeSince 1984, Nike's Worldwide Headquarters has continued to expand, grow and stretch on land near Beaverton, Oregon. The next phase of growth will include about 3.2 million sq ft of office, mixed-use and parking facilities, all expected for a 2018 completion.

The Nike campus, with a berm surrounding most of it and a lake in the center, features a wide range of uses. The Tiger Woods Center serves as a conference center used by athletes and businesses connecting with Nike, while sports fields, fitness facilities and a small museum merge with ample offices and a state-of-the-art—and secretive—research lab to all collaborate on the global giant that is Nike.

The new structures tie to the original campus master plan and link preexisting areas through open green spaces, paths, sports courts and fields. The architecture takes inspiration from human movement, speed and the strength and energy of competitions, Nike says.

Extensions into the landscape and connected interiors represent the power of teamwork and creativity, all while aiming for LEED Platinum certification with natural daylighting, passive chilled beams, closed-loop grey water treatment and more.

MI Data Center Project to Be Largest in Eastern US

Switch has launched a $400 million, first-phase build-out of its Supernap Michigan Data Center in Gaines Township, Michigan. Twenty-five companies are working at the site now, including general contractor, The Christman Co. Outlays are expected to eventually top $1 billion for the data center, which will cover more than 2 million square feet to become the biggest data center in the eastern US.

3-Tower Project Being Planned in Miami

Related GroupRelated Group is moving forward with plans to build a three-tower project in Miami. The first phase, 60-storyAuberge Residences & Spa Miami, has started selling residences at a discount as the market for condominiums in South Florida is cooling for foreign buyers. Ground won't break until at 60% of the planned units have been sold.

Topping-off Ceremony Held at $109M Hospital Project

A topping-off ceremony was held at the $109 million Oviedo Medical Center in Florida Friday. The hospital should be open early next year. The 48-acre site will also be home to a medical office building that's expected to be finished this summer

Construction Continues at $4.5B Corporate Campus in KS

CernerConstruction on Cerner Corp.'s $4.5 billion corporate campus in Kansas continues. The framework is mostly finished on an 11-story tower and an eight-story tower, and concrete will be placed next week on a four-story connector building. When complete, the campus will boast 4.7 million square feet of indoor space.

Air Rights Acquired in NYC for Possible Supertall Tower

China Oceanwide Holdings has acquired 426,940 square feet of air rights near New York City's South Street Seaport and could be planning to build a supertall tower. Filed plans detail a 1,067,350-square-foot structure with residential, office, retail and hotel space.

WCOE Coming Events

Save the Date!

WCOE 2016 Annual Leadership Conference – April 3–5

The Willard Hotel, Washington DC

Join the SBA's 2016 Wichita Emerging Leaders Class!

A free, one-hour information session about emerging leaders is scheduled for Friday, February 19 at 3:00 PM. Call 316-269-6275 to RSVP.

The SBA is seeking a diverse group of 18 to 20 qualified*business owners or chief executives from varied industries in Kansas, including family-owned businesses going through a leadership transition, to apply for the 2016 Emerging Leaders class. The program is not appropriate for start-ups.

Bottom Line: Each member of the class will develop a 3 to 5 year plan to grow their business.

The 13 class sessions are scheduled to take place every other Wednesday afternoon (1:30–4:30 PM) from April to October at a location in Wichita that has plenty of parking

Webinar | Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business

February 25, 2016 at 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET

As part of America Saves Week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration, in coordination with the Consumer Federation of America, is holding a webcast for small businesses and their service providers on the retirement savings options and the use of direct deposit for saving for retirement and more.

  • Learn practical information to help compare the employer-based options
  • The U.S. Department of the Treasury will discuss a new savings option – myRA
  • The Consumer Federation of America will focus on the use of direct deposit as a way to make saving easier

Webinars | Affordable Care Act 101

SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. The webinars begin at 2pm ET.

WCOE CA Chapter Mixer with Balfour Beatty Construction

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 4–6 pm

BBC San Diego Office, 10620 Treena Street, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92131

Light dinner provided.

Networking 4–5 pm

Program 5:30 pm

Networking 5:30–6

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9th Annual SBA Export Lenders' Roundtable

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | 12:30–5:00 PM

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade | Washington, DC

Given today's strong dollar; small businesses increasingly need financing to offer extended terms and remain competitive—something that SBA's Export working capital program can help support. In fact, SBA's export loan programs are designed to help small business throughout their export development cycle. Please join us to:

  • Learn how to become an SBA Preferred Lender for Export Working Capital Loans up to $5 million with a full 90% guaranty
  • Receive updates on loan processing requirements
  • Review newly revised lenders guides for both the Export Express and Export Working Capital loan programs
  • And, provide your input on how SBA and other federal agencies can better support your customers and small business exporters in your community

To reserve your space today, please RSVP with name, title, lender, and address to: OIT@sba.gov.

Is your business prepared in the event of a cybersecurity breach?

Now is the time to take stock of your cybersecurity health, including the importance of securing information through best cybersecurity practices; identifying your risk and the types of cyberthreats; and learning best practices for guarding against cyberthreats.

This self-paced training exercise provides an introduction to securing information in a small business. Topics include:

  • Defining cybersecurity
  • The importance of securing information
  • Identifying types of information that should be secured
  • Identifying the types of cyber threats
  • Defining risk management
  • Listing best practices for guarding against cyber threats

WBENC is proud to offer its Executive Development Program the 2016 Tuck-WBENC Executive Program, brought to you by IBM on September 25–30, in Palisades, NY.

We are now accepting applications! Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of the Class of 2016 by attending the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program. Join the over 550 WBEs who have participated in this 5-day executive development program specifically designed to make a substantial impact on how you think about and operate your business. WBEs will focus on increasing their competitive advantage in the way of leadership, financial and marketing analysis and form an invaluable network of WBEs that will continue to provide a source of support, expertise and opportunities even after graduation.

2016 Tuck-WBENC Executive Program

When: September 25–30, 2016

What: An intensive, advanced 5-day program

Where: Palisades, NY

Program fee: $3,750.00

Application Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2016

Associated Builders & Contractors

2/24/2016 2:00PM ET BIM and Laser Scanning Save Time and Reduce Risk
2/25/2016 11:00AM ET The Connected Workplace – Using Emerging Technology Solutions to Transform your Business

American Subcontractors Association

4/12/2016   2016 April Webinar: The Payment Dance in the Construction Industry
5/10/2016   2016 May Webinar: Websites, Email, Social Media and Your Domain Name
6/14/2016   2016 June Webinar: Damages For Lost Labor Productivity

California High Speed Rail

2/2016   No events scheduled.


3/16/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
4/13/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
5/18/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
6/15/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
7/13/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
8/10/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
9/14/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
10/12/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform

WCOE Chicago Caucus Meetings

We have scheduled dinner meetings for the following dates in 2016:

  • May 12
  • August 11
  • November 10

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