Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Chicago Turner School of Construction Management Graduates 58 Women and Minorities

Turner School of Construction Management Graduates 58 Chicago Area Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

October 14, 2009



Turner Construction Company, together with the City of Chicago, the Exelon Corporation, The University of Chicago, Roosevelt University’s Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate and the Federation of Women Contractors has awarded certificates of completion to 58 individuals representing minority and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) , marking the conclusion of the 21st Turner School of Construction Management in the greater Chicago area.

The free, seven-week training program has been a key resource in Chicago for more than 1,000 MWBE business owners over the last 20 years. The program provides insightful and meaningful tools to local woman-and minority-owned businesses, while offering them an opportunity to develop strategic business skills.

The Turner School of Construction Management is designed to enhance the technical, administrative and managerial skills of leaders within these businesses to help them most effectively manage projects and ultimately build their reputations so that they are able to successfully compete in the construction market.“Helping develop greater capacity in the MWBE building community makes good business sense as well as aligning with Turner values and long-history of helping to expand the skills of minority, women, disadvantaged and small-business enterprises,” said Stephen Fort, Vice President and General Manager of Turner’s Chicago operations.

Participants learn the essentials of managing a business, including how to develop a business plan, estimate and bid on a job, obtain bonding, enforce safety principles and establish and manage credit, in order to become better equipped to compete for progressively larger and more complicated contracts. One goal of the program is to develop a pool of minority contractors with the necessary skills to perform work on future Turner projects. Attendees also have the opportunity to network with peers, instructors and others in the construction industry during the training program.

“After graduating from this course, I have gained valuable insight and a new perspective about general contractors and subcontractors, the challenges they face and the way we can more effectively partner with them to benefit the client,” stated Sharon Jaenel, President, PeopleSpace, Ltd.

Wendy Ryce-Smith, President of Ryce Restoration, Inc. stated, “This course has helped Ryce Restoration improve how we plan, bid, estimate, operate, manage risk and partner with general contractors to grow our business.”


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