Welcome to the Archive

Barb’s Blog began as a way to connect members to our Executive Director’s guidance, updates on industry hot topics, and best industry practices broken down into snack sized morsels. Barb’s Blog goes live on Mondays, for updates on posting be sure to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Where’s My CERT Certificate?

I have worked as a liaison between members and the Central CERT agencies on multiple certification issues. As noted in a previous blog, mentoring our AWC members through certification has always been a function here. So many of our members

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Where’s Barb

This week’s blog is more of a “Where’s Waldo” for what has been happening behind the scenes at AWC this summer. A “Where’s Barb” if you will. Often Summer is my slow season – when you all are busy, I

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Public Owners – Final Answer

In my Federal Reserve council meetings in 2020, I told the Governors that our industry was working but we were going to be hurting in years to come and to please save us some relief. My first meeting with a

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Federal Contracting

Federal Contracting – Are you ignoring this business opportunity? When AWC was started in 1995, a handful of the membership was bidding and performing on federal contracts. This number has completely dwindled over the past decade – while membership has

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Gratitude

Today’s blog is a public Thank You note.   Last Friday was the AWC Scholarship Golf FUNdraiser Event. This is the sole funding source for our scholarships awarded to women entering careers in construction. We have awarded over $230K since 2003

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Legislative Inaction

Today I want to talk the failure of the Minnesota legislature this past session. I believe that the divided government should be referred to going forward as “Government of Ineffectiveness” or “Do nothing Legislature”. I can assure you that if

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Reset

Since my first job as a secretary and data tech back in the 1980’s, I have been working on computers.  When your computer freezes up – you call IT. Inevitably the first thing you hear – “Did you try turning

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Good Faith Efforts

This is part 3 of Barb’s certification series. Click here to read part 1: “You Must Use Me, I’m a Certified Business” and here to read part 2: “Which Certifications Do I Need to Get?”. The term “Good Faith Efforts”

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Promote Your Company, Not Gmail

For some this is a lightbulb moment, and others it might be a good refresher. We are 35+ years into the digital age, yet for some online marketing is still a mystery. I was at a meet and greet and

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Which Certifications Do I Need to Get?

This is part 2 of Barb’s certification series. Click here to read part 1: “You Must Use Me, I’m a Certified Business”. Did you know that in Minnesota there are 6 women owned business certifications applicable to our industry? Just

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Construction Crisis IGNORED

I feel like I am the squeakiest wheel in town on this issue and quite frankly it would be too expensive to oil this wheel right now due to fuel escalation! Last year when I started advocating for the pandemic

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The World of Cyber Security

Cyber Security: Boring – Yep.  Confusing – Yep.  Costly – Yep, Yep.  What Cyber Security is not: someone else’s concern.  I am coming off a 6-week process of renewing the AWC cyber insurance. We take Cyber Security extremely important and

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How It All Began

In honor of Women in Construction Week I want to recognize how a handful of women started the AWC. The founding members were trail blazers at a time when women owned business in this industry was rare and females in

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It Starts With US

It Starts with Us! The Movement and Challenge. Two years ago, a movement was started but the world took away our focus on the roll out. The roll out is starting with a challenge.  It all started in 2019 when

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Mentoring for Good

Have you ever thought about how you can truly make a difference in the success and growth of small businesses? One of the most significant things you can do is to become a mentor to a small W/MBE company. As

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Communication in Today’s Virtual World

Good day readers! Today I am reminded that communications continue to not only be extremely important but also difficult in the world of emails and text messages. Interpretation by the reader is paramount to the result. Many of you know

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Subcontractors Take a Hit

Wow! Over 20,000 views to my share of the Finance & Commerce article, “Subcontractors take a hit,” on LinkedIn. Thank you to Brian Johnson and Finance & Commerce for working with me to show the public what is happening in

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32 and 20

Today I want to address the workforce goals in Minnesota. At a DBE and Workforce Advisory Committee meeting I attended, the end of the meeting got a bit contentious regarding workforce. I thought my blog should summarize this topic and

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One Voice – Who Cares What I Think?

Just coming off of the MN Construction Summit, I attended a presentation given by Minnesota Senator Ann Johnson Stewart.  The Senator is a woman business owner, engineering contractor, and past AWC member. I’m sure you are already wondering why that

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Remembering Mel Reeves

On January 6th, 2022, the industry lost a workforce advocate – Mel Reeves. Mel was a social justice champion and advocate for equality within this industry. I first began working with Mel within months of starting with AWC. For over

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Introductions

Welcome! Barb’s Blog is a new feature that will be shared on the website, social media, and The Scoop! When the AWC was small, members were very knowledgeable about the regular activities of the association. However, with over 220 members, communications don’t always

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