The SCA recruits MWLBE firms for certification through participation in various minority trade shows, conferences and forums. Firms can also call or walk in to request certification assistance. Outreach is a very critical element of our program. A prime contractor can use only certified firms to satisfy their MWLBE goals. Firms may not participate in the Mentor Program unless currently certified. Only certified firms are encouraged to attend SCA's free business development technical assistance classes.
In conjunction with Construction Managers, Safety and Technology Consultants, the SCA offers an innovative and effective construction and information technology classroom training program. The program offers certified MWLBEs training in a variety of critical areas - e.g., Estimating, Project Scheduling, Bidding Strategies, Safety on SCA Projects, How to Do Business with the SCA, and various computer application courses.
Some of the obstacles that restrict the growth and development of MWLBEs in New York City's construction industry are lack of access to capital, surety bonding, and lack of industry and technology training. BDD addresses these obstacles through a number of technical assistance programs and training courses.
The SCA has developed a unique loan program that provides access to capital for small emerging contractors, which participate in the Mentor Program.
A surety bond (the party who assures the obligee that the principal can perform the task) protects the obligee (the party who is the recipient of the obligation) against losses resulting from the principal's (the primary party who will be performing the contractual obligation) failure to meet the obligation.
A Surety Bonding Program is available to firms graduating from the Mentor Program. In order to perform work within the Graduate Mentor Program, participating firms must have bonding of at least $1 million.
General contractors are required to make and demonstrate good faith efforts to achieve the SCA's goal to subcontract 20% or more of their work to certified MWLBE firms. Business Development provides general contractors with guidance and assistance in finding qualified and certified MWLBE firms to promote compliance with these goals.
A certified minority subcontracting plan must be submitted within ten (10) days after Notice of Intent to Award. BDD monitors contracts through completion, and a component of each general contractor's evaluations is adherence to MWLBE participation goals.
The SCA’s Business Development Division (BDD) has a focused mission: to develop best business practices that will increase, facilitate and encourage the participation of MWLBE firms to successfully perform work with the SCA. To accomplish this, BDD is responsible for the outreach, recruitment and development of MWLBE firms to participate as primes and sub-contractors in the SCA’s Mentor Program, Graduate Mentor Program, and Capital Improvement Program. BDD also monitors and ensures that prime/general contractors are sub-contracting a minimum of 20% of their work to qualified MWLBEs in order to meet the agency’s participation goals.