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Commercial By Amber Peebles CERTIFYING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS or the small general contractor, associated specialty trades and architecture and engineering firms, the past several years have been brutal. That said, small construction companies have a niche market and a distinct competitive advantage when they possess small business certifications. F These certifications have value, whether work is “set aside” as a prime contractor or as a subcontracting goal on federal government construction projects. Following are some of the common small business certifications and set-aside contracting programs that your construction firm may wish to pursue: • The 8(a) Business Development Program was created to help U.S. social and economic disadvantaged small businesses compete in the federal marketplace. Qualifying businesses must provide financial and corporate documents and submit an application via the Small Business Administration (SBA). • HUBZone Program encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones or “HUBZones.” To qualify for the program, your firm’s principal office must be located in a HUBZone, and at least 35 percent of your employees must reside in a HUBZone. Qualifying firms must submit an online application and supporting documents via the SBA. • 8(m) Program allows federal agencies to set aside contracts specifically for women-owned small businesses (WOSB) and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSB). To 14 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - September/October 2012
Construction Law
Green Construction
Best Practices
Lighting Technology
HDC Development Cos.
NorthPoint Development
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank – Moffett Towers
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Howard S. Wright – Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center
Rommel Cos.
NOW Specialties Inc.
NOW Specialties Inc.
Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.
Victor International
Starwood Land Ventures
LaValley Building Supply
Congress Construction
McCormack Baron Salazar Inc.
Related California – The Village at Santa Monica
Ricco Construction
Taisei Construction Corp.
WPM Construction
WPM Construction – WR Sage West Apartments
Flagger Force
Miami International Airport – North Terminal improvements
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
Hydrema US Inc.
CARCON Industries
Dennis’ 7 Dees
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc.
International Airport Development Co. Ltd. – Argyle International Airport
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
Morrison Hershfield – Newfoundland
APEX Block Corp.
Teqton Inc. U.S.
Dakota Transload
Empyrean Services
West Side Tractor Sales Co.
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI field building
Kohler Ronan LLC
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
Last Look

Construction Today - September/October 2012