Together, We Can Build a Better Future in Construction
What is the
The Association of Women Contractors (AWC) works in contract for the City of St. Paul on the program to foster the connection between Minority or Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE’s) and the majority construction firms. Participation in the Construction Partnering Program (CPP) will promote the economic development of the M/WBE’s through strengthening their capabilities and profitability. Partnerships will be developed and sustained through mentoring, networking, support groups, technical assistance, education and training.
General Contractor or Majority Owned Specialty Contractors are welcome to participate in this program to provide intentional mentorship to their partner.
M/WBE Firms must be a Minority or Woman owned business. They must be a certified business and maintain their status as an M/WBE for the duration of the partnership. Accepted Certifications include:
- Central Cert Program (M/WBE)
- HUD Section 3
KEY BENEFITS TO CPP PARTNERS
The purpose of the Partnership Plan is to establish detailed plans and objectives for meeting the developmental needs of the M/WBE and achieving the goals of the partnerships. The key elements of the plan may include the following:
Interested M/WBE’s will be expected to initiate a partnership relationship with a majority subcontractor or prime contractor. Typically, the CPP partnering relationships develop from an existing relationship between the M/WBE and the majority contractor. Consideration for participation in the CPP will begin with the completion and submittal of the general interest form. Program participants will be selected and approved by the CPP administrator based on eligibility and alignment of the partnership with program goals.
Participating firms agree to enter into a partnering agreement for the duration of three years.
Memorandum of Understanding
A representative of the M/WBE firm and majority contracting firm will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU)indicating their commitment to the partnership. The purpose of the MOU is to clearly define the expectations of both parties throughout the duration of the partnership. The MOU includes a confidentiality clause. All parties signing the MOU agree to hold all information provided by participating companies in confidence in accordance with the agreement.
Provide access to projects and contract opportunities for M/WBE firms
Develop ongoing, mutually beneficial partnerships between M/WBEs and established firms in the construction industry
Build capacity in terms of revenue and employment through business development and mentorship
The M/WBE member will be expected to attend regular CPP program meetings – held 7 times per year. The program administrator will track progress and challenges with regard to the partnership plan and goals. The program administrator will support the M/WBE member in problem-solving, identifying resources and strategies to leverage the partnership.
Quarterly Progress Meetings
The M/WBE and their partner will be expected to attend quarterly progress meetings with the CPP program administrator. The meeting will focus on progress review, planning next steps and evaluating contracting opportunities for the partnership. The program administrator will assist in the resolution of any problems or issues that may surface in the partnering relationship.