Registration open for small business seminar for contracting, construction industries

The Minority Business Development Agency Business Center has partnered with local minority-owned professional services firm DESA Inc. to launch the first-ever business seminar to connect small business firms in construction and engineering and gain information to improve their businesses.

“After years of hosting SC MED Week, which was geared towards minority businesses, we decided to offer a seminar that would benefit all businesses working within the construction arena,” said Diane Sumpter, president and CEO of DESA Inc. “We are calling it SB Connect because it provides a forum for small businesses to connect with large businesses, as well as each other, in a meaningful way.”

The theme for the inaugural SB Connect seminar is “Small Business Thriving in the World of Big Business,” and registration is open for the seminar designed to help small businesses navigate the contracting process for public and private projects. Trade professionals including construction managers, engineers, contractors, developers, surveyors, architects and lawyers are invited to learn specifically about construction law and the impact it can have on business.

Ron Robey, partner and counsel at Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP, will lead a session on legal topics that affect construction industry professionals and another on federal government construction contracting.

“I am excited to have Ron Robey at the SB Connect business seminar. His firm is the national authority on construction law; they literally wrote the book on the subject,” Sumpter said. “With this being our first year hosting SB Connect, I wanted to offer something that would benefit all construction-related businesses, both large and small. The need for businesses to arm themselves with the knowledge to avoid pitfalls is very real. In this litigious climate, legal knowledge is the one thing that all businesses can use. This seminar truly has something for everyone.”

Small business owners also will have an opportunity to network with large companies like Barton Malow, Metcon, Duke Energy and the Columbia Metropolitan Airport and to view projects from these corporations.

SB Connect will take place Dec. 11 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. More information about the seminar and registration can be found at the SB Connect website.

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