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The Business Capacity Development Program (BCDP) is designed to increase the capacity and capabilities of small, women, minority, and veteran-owned businesses (S/W/MBE firms) to better compete for and participate in MMSD projects. The program increases business owners’ knowledge and confidence in key areas for business success.
In collaboration with established businesses, organizations, and mentors, program participants are able to partake in customized training and mentoring, including:
Participants prepare and plan for business improvement, increasing the likelihood of thriving in their industries, and thereby increasing their own success and creating opportunities for others to do the same.
The BCDP is designed specifically for businesses that are certified or taking steps to become certified as an SBE, MBE, WBE, VBE, or DBE. Individuals who should attend include:
Representatives of local non-profit organizations or non-certified firms may also participate if their work relates to MMSD.
The virtual training seminars replace the in-person seminars that were held in previous years. The virtual seminars are free live online classes hosted through Microsoft Teams. The training seminars are divided into three areas of interest.
The construction management series is geared toward contractors wishing to hone their skills in estimating, bidding, and project management. Professional services vendors (consultants) are welcome to attend these seminars, as well, but should keep in mind that the curriculum is primarily based on the construction bidding and operations process.
The consultant series is geared toward professional services vendors wishing to hone their business financial acumen, company culture, and project management skills. Other vendors (contractors or suppliers) are welcome to attend these seminars, as well, but should keep in mind that some curriculum may be based in the design/engineering process.
The lean series is geared toward all vendors (contractors, consultants, and suppliers) looking to add value to their customers and learn how to navigate a project from development into execution.
All participants will have access to the online curriculum.
The online curriculum allows participants to experience the value of business development training without taking valuable time away from their work. Additionally, participants have more opportunities to incorporate what they are learning into their business and reflect on the impact of what they’re doing.
Throughout the program year, a variety of networking events will be held to encourage relationship building amongst BCDP participants, MMSD staff, and other MMSD vendors.
For inquiries regarding the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.