WCOE Turning Point for 6/6/2017

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Women Build America New York City

Women Build America California Leadership Summit

We will kick off the conference on Wednesday night with a fabulous cocktail party at the Minna Art Gallery and fundraiser for Tradeswomen, Inc. The day and a half conference will include leadership training, panel discussions, and workshops on issues ranging from Building Your Business, Building Your Brand, Building Your Negotiating Power, and Building Relationships with key public agencies and large general contractors.

Attendance is limited so watch for registration opening and sign up to secure your spot! Sponsorship opportunities will be sent out shortly; contact Brenda Radmacher or
Sophia Cavalli.


Women Build America 2018

WCOE WCOE Welcomes New Members

WCOE would like to welcome all new members who have joined our organization recently.

Individual Memberships

Joanna Bielic
MJB Decorating, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Susan Remington
Pro-Mechanical, LLC
Oak Grove, MO

Business Memberships

Jenny Kelecius
Foundation Mechanics, LLC
Des Plaines, IL

Dana Harder
Foundation Mechanics, LLC
Des Plaines, IL

WCOE WCOE Action in California Brings Results!

CaltransRe: Caltrans Disparity Study Analysis

As noted in the April Turing Point, we are pleased to report that Caltrans staff has now confirmed in a formal letter to WCOE California that it has removed from the website of the Office of Business & Economic Opportunity (OBEO) the 2015 Federal Highway Administration's Disparity Study, which was poised to eliminate Caucasian Females and Asian Subcontinent DBE subgroups in FHWA funded projects with DBE goals.

As a result of the leadership of AGC and teamwork with WCOE California, Caltrans has agreed to review the disparity study and its ramifications and then revisit the issue next year. WCOE will be actively involved in the public comment period when it comes back up and will keep all members advised of how you can get involved in this effort to protect the right for women to participate in transportation projects in California.

Thank you to WCOE members, Rebecca Llewellyn, Lee Cunningham, and Deborah Wilder, who worked diligently with AGC to effect this action.

Brenda Radmacher
WCOE-CA, President

WCOE In Memory of our Friend and WIPP Co-Founder, Barbara Kasoff

Barbara KasoffDear Friends,

It is with heavy hearts that we write to tell you our friend and colleague, Barbara Kasoff, the co-founder of Women Impacting Public Policy, passed away Tuesday, May 23.

Barbara embodied vision and leadership, which was crucial to the advancement of women's entrepreneurship. Her participation in the 1986 White House Conference on Small Business led to her co-founding WIPP in 2001.

She served as WIPP's president for nine years, building the organization into an advocacy powerhouse. In addition, she served on the National Women's Business Council, representing WIPP and its partner organizations.

Building a national advocacy organization brought Barbara great joy because she knew women all over the country and internationally benefitted from her work and engagement. Her message to business owners was simple: "If you don't like the way government regulations affect your business, get involved."

We will miss her friendship, leadership and grace.

We owe Barbara a debt of gratitude. We hope to pay it forward by continuing her legacy.

WCOE Call to Action! Ask Your Senators to Support S. 1038 &
Women in Business!

Small Business AdministrationSenators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 1038) in response to WCOE and WIPP's Do Not Enter Report: Women Shut Out of the Government's Largest Contracts. The report found that major contracts leave women-owned small businesses out, as only a third of the contracts examined reserved tracks for them. However, the report also showed that when women were awarded contracts, they successfully completed for task orders.

The bill asks the Small Business Administration to conduct a comprehensive study on all socio-economic group participation, including women, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, and those participating in the 8(a) and Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) programs on these contracts. This is an important step to ensure that all small businesses have equal access to contracts, increasing opportunities for women-owned small businesses.

We urge our members to ask their legislators to support S. 1038 by signing on as a co-sponsor.

LA Energy Projects Would Create 6,000 Construction Jobs

Addition of petrochemical plant in Cameron Parish, LA brings the G2 project to $23 billion which could be the most expensive part of Southwest Louisiana's economic boom. Originally proposed as an $11 billion LNG facility, the G2 project on the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Cameron will now include a petrochemical facility. The two sites will create 6,000 construction jobs and 700 permanent positions.

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Self-Operating Construction Machines Part of Shifting Workforce

Advances in semi-autonomous and operator-assisted technology are coming. Recent developments in automated construction machine technology have coincided with a changing industry workforce's increased reliance on newer operators of limited skill who have been primed to work with screens, rather than massive machinery. The younger workers entering the construction industry are more used to interfacing with a screen than working with heavy machinery. This technology can allow for the expansion of the workforce by allowing other workers with limited skills to be able to do these jobs.

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White House Budget Proposal & Small Business

The President released the full budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. Read more about the proposed funding changes for Small Business Administration programs.

F.H. Paschen Creates Value For Its clients Through Its MBE/WBE/DBE Efforts

F. H. PaschenF.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Associates LLC

F.H. Paschen has become the fastest growing JOC contractor in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Paschen credits this growth to their commitment to diversity. "At F.H. Paschen, we believe that a diversity of viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds creates long-term value for our clients and for the communities in which we work". Diversity at F.H. Paschen is so important to the company that all of their employees have responsibilities that include MBE/WBE/DBE and EEO compliance monitoring and implementation. They are also required to participate in annual, extensive in-house MBE/WBE/DBE and EEO training.

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WCOE Coming Events

WCOE Events

WCOE CA Membership Meeting: Getting Qualified Labor & Employment Risks
June 21, 2017

WCOE CA Board Meeting
July 19, 2017

WCOE Chicago Caucus Board Meeting
August 2017

Women Build America: The nation's largest gathering of womein in the construction trades

WCOE Women Build America Mid-Year Conference
9/15–16, 2017 in NYC

Califonia 2017 WCOE CA Leadership Summit
10/18–10/20 in San Francisco

WCOE Women Build America
3/2–3/7, 2018 in Washington DC

Women Build Nations

Small Business Project Kickoff

Associated Builders & Contractors

6/8/2017 10:00AM ET A Guide to the 2017 STEP Application
6/14/2017 3:00PM ET WIP or Get Whipped: Why Contractors Need Accurate, Up-to-Date WIP Reports and How to Get Them
6/15/2017 3:00PM ET AIA 2017 Documents Webinar: Owner-Contractor Agreements
6/22/2017 1:00PM ET Innovation: The World of Construction 2.0
6/29/2017 3:00PM ET It's Here: CFMA's Revenue Recognition Implementation Guide
7/13/2017 2:00PM ET Removing Friction: The Construction Operating System
8/16/2017 2:00PM ET What's Happening with Drones in Construction

American Subcontractors Association

6/13/2017   Webinar: Killer Contract Clauses
6/27/2017   Chapter Leadership Webinar: Developing Your Future Board Leadership Team
7/24/2017   Webinar: ASA: Briefing on Federal and State Advocacy Activities
8/8/2017   Webinar: The Devil's Triangle: Understanding the Overlap Between the FMLA, ADA and Workers' Compensation Laws
8/22/2017   Webinar: Self-Funded Healthcare for Subcontractors
9/26/2017   Webinar: How to Have a Multi-Million Dollar Impact by Asking 'One More Question'
10/21/2017   ASA Legal & Advocacy Meetings in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM
10/24/2017   Webinar: Using Drones: What Subcontractors Need to Know
11/14/2017   Webinar: Employment Law Mistakes Most Commonly Made by Subcontractors

California High Speed Rail

6/13/2017 6:00–7:30PM Burbank to Los Angeles Project Section


6/14/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET June ConsensusDocs Webinar
7/12/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET July ConsensusDocs Webinar
8/16/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET August ConsensusDocs Webinar
9/13/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET September ConsensusDocs Webinar
10/11/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET October ConsensusDocs Webinar
11/15/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET November ConsensusDocs Webinar
12/13/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET December ConsensusDocs Webinar

SBA National Safety Month

6/7/2017 10:00AM Starting a Business in Illinois
6/7/2017 10:00AM Two-Page Business Plan
6/8/2017 10:00AM How to Start Your Business – Venture Start
6/12/2017 10:00AM Solid Financials for Successful Contract Performance
6/14/2017 9:30AM HUBZone Orientation
6/14/2017 10:00AM Create Your Market
6/14/2017 12:00PM Time Management & Prioritizing Your Priorities
6/14/2017 10:00AM Content Marketing – What to Say, and How to Say It
6/15/2017 10:00AM How to Start Your Business – Venture Viability
6/21/2017 8:30AM Getting it Right – Know Your Fiduciary Responsibilities
6/21/2017 9:30AM 8(a) Orientation

2017 HUBZone Small Business Summits

Each Summit features educational sessions and match-making opportunities with agencies & primes.

July 27 – Columbus, OH
Hosted by the Battelle

2017 MWBE | SDVOB Contract Opportunities

Build Your Business: An event on strategy, marketing and relationships
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 8:00am to 3:00pm
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th ST, New York, NY 10019

Illinois Tollway Events

Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program Meet and Greet
June 8, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Illinois Tollway, in partnership with the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce (ILBCC), is hosting a free Technical Assistance Program Meet and Greet to discuss available technical assistance resources and how firms can apply to participate.

This event is open to disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned firms, as well as veteran-owned and small businesses interested in participating as prime contractors and subcontractors on highway and vertical construction contracts.

Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program Meet and Greet
June 8, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Small Business Contractor Academy
686 Lenox Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085

RSVP to Arthur J. Gass Sr. at 847-596-2937 or Lydia Lewis at 847-596-2938.

NOME Leadership Summit
Monday, June 12, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Partnering With Our Veteran Businesses
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



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