Technical Assistance

Construction Business Development Center (CBDC)

The Construction Business Development Center (CBDC) administered by the Illinois Community College Board is focused on developing flexible, customized training and technical assistance to provide small, minority- and women-owned firms in the construction industry with the skills and knowledge to help them grow and succeed.

The CBDC provides one-on-one support to help businesses compete for and win opportunities to participate as prime contractors and subcontractors on Tollway construction projects.

How It Works

1. Work directly with a construction business specialist who will help create a business profile and action plan

 

2. Create an individualized Technical Assistance Plan:

  • Outline technical assistance components of your needs
  • Map individual progress
  • Submit bid packets to the Tollway

Technical Assistance may include:

  • Finance and accounting
  • Insurance
  • Bonding
  • Estimating and bidding
  • Doing business with the Illinois Tollway
  • How to be successful as a subcontractor
  • Tools for technology
  • Project management
  • Safety and field operations
  • Business and marketing plan development

3. Provide customized technical assistance via one or a combination of:

  • Personalized assistance – typically done with a consultant or other entity that has a particular expertise
  • Seminars/workshops – could be individual or group offering with both classroom and online availability
  • Access to entities with particular expertise

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The Construction Business Development Center (CBDC) is administered by the Illinois Community College Board in partnership with select community colleges. The CBDC is focused on developing flexible, customized training and technical assistance to provide small, minority- and women-owned firms in the construction industry with the skills and knowledge to help them grow and succeed. The CBDC provides one-on-one support to help businesses compete for and win opportunities to participate as prime contractors and subcontractors on Tollway construction projects.

For more information contact manager Paul Murtagh at 708-709-3692 or online.

The Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Programs

The Tollway has recently entered into partnerships with the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association and the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce to provide in-depth, long-term technical assistance over two or more years to small, diverse and veteran contractors. The goal is to provide technical assistance intervention in all areas of business development required to become effective heavy highway construction contractors.

Examples of this hands-on assistance include:

  • Long-term mentorship model
  • Facilitating access to capital and guidance in financing and bonding assistance options
  • IDOT prequalification submittal assistance for specialty firms
  • Accounting system assistance, including certified payroll reports, change orders and project close-out
  • Proactive community, government relations and construction industry outreach
  • One-on-one counseling

The HACIA Scholarship & Education Foundation (HACIASEF) is a non-profit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to provide on-going training and educational services to businesses and their employees in the construction related industry. HACIASEF strives to promote awareness of professional career opportunities and continues to raise the bar in its goal to promote the future leaders in the fields of technology, architecture, engineering, construction & professional services industries. HACIASEF believes all qualified construction business should have equal access to opportunities and education in their industry.

The Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce (ILBCC) was incorporated in 1997 to help small businesses access success through developing strategies to assist them in increasing their competitive ability and capacity. Since our inception we have seen steady growth and have worked with businesses and government agencies alike to help craft solutions in areas that directly help reduce economic disparity for our citizens and communities. For more than fifteen years, we have operated at the highest levels in public and private sectors to help create sustainable opportunities for African Americans, women, and minority owned businesses alike.