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Reaching out to minority contractors, suppliers

060111Feature_ContractorsHow do you learn how to bid on construction projects at universities? How to be considered as vendors? How to be considered for work or as a supplier by the contractors and the vendors who currently have contracts – whether in construction, dining services, etc?

UNCG, along with NC A&T State and Winston-Salem State University, created what they called a “UNCG System Triad Coaliition” to bring minority business owners and potential clients together. Their first annual Minority Construction and Supplier Outreach Program was May 20 in EUC’s Cone Ballroom. The theme: “Building Lasting Relationships.”

The meet-and-greet event reached out to historically underutilized businesses (known as HUB). Before the event began, UNCG’s HUB Coordinator, Tony Phillips (Business Affairs), explained these include businesses owned by women, by ethnic minority populations such as Asians, African Americans, Hispanics, by military veterans and by those with disabilities.

This event, he explained, helps “to open the door of opportunity” by presenting a chance for individuals to make connections and learn — all at one location. He said they had sent out about 250 invitations, and at least 150 were expected to attend.

Associate Vice Chancellors Jorge Quintal (UNCG), Owen J. Cooks (WSSU) and Andrew Perkins (NC A&T) welcomed everyone. The HUB coordinator on the three campuses, Brenda Fulmore (WSSU), Tony Phillips (UNCG) and James Griffin (NC A&T), spoke briefly as well.

Panelists included representatives from SRS, Balfour Beatty, Rodgers Builders, Bovis, Rentenbach Construction and the NC HUB Office.

Other HUB coordinators spoke as well. “Learn the processes,” Dorothy Vick (HUB coordinator at UNC Charlotte) told the attendees, explaining that each state university may do things a little differently.

Cynthia Barnes, assistant director of renovations at UNCG, concluded the programmed part of the event by encouraging all the attendees to speak with others and trade business cards. “Get out and do some networking. Network, network, network.”

Those with questions may contact Tony Phillips at 256-1069 or a_philli@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris
Visual: Individuals, including James Griffin (HUB coordinator at NC A&T, center foreground, in black jacket) network at the event.