Small construction contractors to get help

n Model contractor development program to kick off in Tupelo on Sept. 18

Daily Journal reports

TUPELO – If you’re a small construction company looking to improve your business or to tap into more opportunities, then the Mississippi Development Authority and The Surety & Fidelity Association of America have a program designed especially for you.

The free “Model Contractor Development Program,” is designed to teach small construction contractors how to improve a company’s operations, increase bonding capacity and to take advantage of what the MDA bills as “an ongoing construction boom” in the state.

“With billions of dollars in contracting opportunities flowing into the state as a result of the continuing disaster recovery efforts and new economic development projects, it is imperative that innovative strategies are used to ensure minority and small businesses fully participate in these opportunities,” said Richard Speights, director of MDA’s Minority and Small Business Development Division. “This program is a major step in that direction.”

The program includes nine sessions, with a mandatory orientation Sept. 18 at the Community Development Foundation boardroom in downtown Tupelo. Each session is from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. each Tuesday starting with the orientation session. The program finishes Nov. 13.

The MCDP is open to all small construction contractors who meet the following requirements:

n Contractor must be enrolled in the Mississippi Contract Procurement Network system

n A representative of each contractor must agree to attend seven of the nine sessions

A complete schedule of the sessions is available by visiting www.cdfms.org, where you also can register.

For more information about the program, call the Renasant Center for IDEAs business incubator at 823-4332.