Major business for minority firms

Jason Albu of Albu & Associates and Sandra Hill of HZ Construction will work on the new $480 million Orlando arena.




Friday, March 7, 2008
Major business for minority firms
Area's government contract creates opportunities
Orlando Business Journal - by Richard Bilbao Contributing Writer

The government contract for the new downtown sports and entertainment arena requires that at least 24 percent of the subcontractors involved in the project be minority- and women-owned firms. So private and government-run programs are working to help those firms capture some of that business.

Turner Construction Co., which is overseeing construction of the $480 million events center, and the city of Orlando both operate construction management programs intended to give local firms an edge in competing for those contracts.

The Turner course is a free six- to 12-week instruction on everything from how to bid for contracts to completing and closing the project.

The city's Minority and Women Business Enterprise works with companies such as JCB Construction, a 25-year-old, minority-owned building contracting company, to give firms practical experiencing in securing contracts.

From left: Vernice Atkins-Bradley of the Turner School of Construction Management meets with Jason Albu of Albu & Associates and Sandra Hill of HZ Construction Inc. as part of the teaching and consultation Turner offers to minority- and women-owned construction businesses.