EC Cleveland, Regional Sewer District Join Forces to Expand Opportunities for Disadvantaged Contractors in NE Ohio
In its ongoing work to expand contracting opportunities for MWSBE (Minority-owned, Woman-owned or Small Business Enterprise) businesses in Northeast Ohio, EC Cleveland has graduated 13 contractors from the second session of its Cleveland/Cuyahoga E-Contractor Academy. Those individuals are now eligible for ongoing technical assistance through December 2018.
The academy prepares MWSBE contractors to compete for and perform energy efficiency retrofits in public, commercial and residential buildings; renewable energy projects; and green infrastructure projects. It is supported by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation and the Cuyahoga County government.
By hosting the seven weekly three-hour seminars, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) facilitated a focus on green infrastructure projects and a connection with its own Business Opportunity Program (BOP), which contributes to the region’s economic health by providing procurement opportunities to minority-owned, women-owned and small businesses.
In addition, the BOP team helped present seminars on key topics as accessing capital, peer-to-peer learning and networking strategies.
“We are already planning for the next E-Contractor Academy session, set for the first quarter of 2018,” noted EC Cleveland Director SeMia Bray. “And we know that the recent E-Contractor grads will benefit from the ongoing technical assistance provided by our collaborative partners, including NEORSD BOP, Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland, JumpStart, COSE|GCP and the Minority Business Development Center.”
See all photos from the academy’s recent completion event here.