Updated: June 20, 2013 6:09AM
The Illinois Toll Highway Authority, Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced plans to develop new programs and provide services to small businesses in the construction industry, including firms owned by minorities and women.
The partnerships are designed to provide the assistance needed to participate in the tollway’s $12 billion capital program.
Through an agreement with the ICCB, the tollway will commit $578,000 to establish a new Construction Business Development Center. The center will be led by Prairie State College in partnership with South Suburban College, Moraine Valley Community College and Waubonsee Community College.
The partnership will develop flexible, customized training and technical assistance to provide small, minority and women-owned firms in the construction industry with the skills and knowledge they need to grow and succeed.
“This will allow us to assist the smaller construction companies to build capacity and prepare to bid as subcontractors on the tollway projects. We will be positioned to assist companies with personalized technical assistance in addition to classroom training,” Prairie State College President Terri Winfree said.
Course offerings will include How to Do Business with the Tollway; Finance and Accounting for Construction Contractors; Insurance, Bonding, Estimating and Bidding; Introduction to Project Management; Safety and Field Operations; and Business and Marketing Plan Development. Networking events, one-on-one counseling and post-training assistance also will be provided.
June 1 is the anticipated start date, and the center is expected to prepare more than 30 small, minority- and women-owned firms for leadership positions on tollway projects in its first year.
The center will be at Prairie State College’s Matteson Area Center, 4821 Southwick Drive.
For more information, contact Lisa Zeigler at (708) 709-3548.