Implementing Supplier Diversity by Kathey Porter!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Ms. Kathey Porter – Author, Small Business Expert, and Supplier Diversity Advocate – for including my interview in her new educational book titled, “Implementing Supplier Diversity“. 

There seems to be a sincere need for further education on the case of Supplier Diversity in America.  The catastrophic Great Depression taught Americans the need for sophisticated US Fiscal and Monetary Policies that are designed to monitor and influence the nation’s economy.  The instructional book, Implementing Supplier Diversity, provides an in-depth analysis of how Supplier Diversity Programs successfully contributed to American economics and political science.

Supplier Diversity Programs significantly influence macroeconomic variables by facilitating open and inclusive competition for contracts during procurement processes, and the use of vendors of different backgrounds fosters a better understanding of a diverse customer base.  The successful US Policies have led to the meteoric rise of minority businesses (SBE, MBE, WBE and etc) that are a substantial stabilizer for the US economy.

Over the last decade, the number of minority-owned firms in the US has increased by 38 percent. As the number of minority entrepreneurs continues to rise, astute business owners recognize the need for B2B opportunities and well defined Supplier Diversity Programs.

It is a real honor and privilege to be a part of the book project.  Read about America’s journey in this fantastic book! 

DCS Attends AMAC Business Opportunity Summit

Ducere Construction Services recently attended the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Business Opportunity Summit in Tampa, FL.  The panel discussions were full of vibrant panelist eager to help the businesses in attendance gain insightful knowledge needed to continue on their paths to success.  Special thanks to Michael Stephens with TIA for inviting DCS to attend.  We look forward to seeing everyone at Nationals in LA!

The AMAC Business Opportunity Summit: Business by the Bay provides airports, corporations, business owners, government employees and entities the opportunity to cultivate new relationships and expand hyper-locally through their region.  As a leading airport in the Southeast region, Tampa International Airport is one of Florida’s most significant economic engines, with a total economic output of more than $7 billion. The airport and its tenants employ more than 7,500 people on the airport campus and support more than 81,000 jobs in the community. 

For more information visit https://amac-org.com

DCS CEO-Markesia Akinbami Speaks at Enterprising Latinas

Enterprising Latinas is women-led Nonprofit Group that focuses on prosperity for women.  During a recent Women Wealth Building Series, the Enterprising Latinas hosted a conversation, with Markesia Akinbami – Chief Executive Officer of Ducere Construction Services – regarding Women’s Leadership in the Construction Industry, the Power of Relationships and Leading Prosperous Businesses.    Also, Dr. Lee Thomas from Hillsborough Community College South Shore Campus spoke on commitment from HCC to bring education and training on construction skills for women to empower their community and increase wages.

Enterprising Latinas focuses on the following GOALS

  1. Promote self-efficacy and capacity of women to make decisions that impact their economic future
  2. Increase women’s tangible and intangible assets that lead to greater economic security
  3. Create new relationships that support women’s access to financial capital and the market place
  4. Providing access Creating networks of mutual support that enable women to pursue their personal and economic goals
  5. Teaching new skills and offering new tools that lead to entrepreneurial careers and workforce opportunities
  6. Advocating for Innovative Service and public policy solutions that promote economic security and social equity

For more information on this amazing group, please visit http://www.enterprisinglatinas.org/

2019 REFERENDUM PROJECTS – PHASE 1 Benito Elementary School, Clark Elementary School and Wharton High School Tampa, Florida Meet & Greet

Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) and Long and Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc. are currently in the design phase of the 2019 REFERENDUM PROJECTS – PHASE 1 Benito Elementary School, Clark Elementary School and Wharton High School Tampa, Florida in an effort to gain interest in the upcoming construction of these projects.

You are invited to attend a pre-construction Meet & Greet to learn more about opportunities associated with these three upcoming projects.

Don’t miss out! Be There!

To RSVP for the upcoming Meet & Greet, please contact: Markesia Akinbami at (404) 565-0631 or Email: markesia@ducereconstruction.com

#smallbusiness #MBE #WBE #powerpartnerships

Special Thanks!

A special THANK YOU to all the individuals that participated in the CPPI/HCA Meet & Greet.   The Meet and Greet was well attended by a diverse group of business owners and professional firms.  We look forward to the attendees having a share in the commercial construction projects available at the Orange Park Medical Center.

Orange Park Medical Center Kitchen/Central Energy Plant Expansion and the South Tower Vertical Expansion Meet and Greet!

Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) and HCA are currently seeking WBE/MBE partners in the Jacksonville, FL and surrounding area businesses, to join us on the upcoming Orange Park Medical Center Kitchen/Central Energy Plant Expansion and the South Tower Vertical Expansion projects in Jacksonville, FL.

You are invited to attend a pre-construction Meet & Greet to learn more about opportunities associated with these two upcoming projects.

Don’t miss out! Be There!

To RSVP for the upcoming Meet & Greet, please contact:

Markesia Akinbami at (404) 565-0631 or Email: markesia@ducereconstruction.com

Be Inspiring!

Julian Edelman now has the respected 2019 Super Bowl MVP award to place high on his résumé.  Interestingly, the Julian Edelman’s story has not been a bowl of cherries…  

In 2009, he was a disappointing 7th Round, 232 draft pick. He experienced a heartbreaking possible career-ending injury.  NFL Pro Bowl Voters never selected Eldelman for a single NFL Pro Bowl appearance.  Also, many Sports Analyst considered Edelman to be small in comparison to the size of many other NFL wide receivers who fit the mold of a Football Hall of Famer. 

Nevertheless, in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday, Edelman added to postseason numbers that are second-best in NFL history, behind only the Football Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice.

The bottom line is that despite Edelman’s past and doubters, he has consistently, Came Up Big When It Has Counted The Most.

Edelman’s simple yet powerful words, after winning the Superbowl, “Tough times don’t last, tough people do”.  Underscores why I believe that it is vital to Come Up Big When It Counts Most. 

Although we have experienced failures and successes in life, we are committed to supporting other families in immediate need of support.

Over the past ten years, we have been a lead sponsor of Women for Women International (W4W).  W4W is a Nonprofit Humanitarian Organization that supports the most marginalized women in countries that grapple with war, sexual violence, civil strife extreme poverty and rebellion.  Each year, we sponsor a courageous woman meet a new life goal – earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and even start an entrepreneurial business

In closing, I share with you a letter from one of our sponsored sisters for inspiration today.  BE INSPIRED!

To learn more about Women For Women International, click the link below.
https://youtu.be/Fz2VY56wt70

Ducere Construction Services

The Blue Book Building and Construction Network

Ducere Construction Services is a member of  the largest and most active network in the commercial construction industry.

The Blue Book Building and Construction Network brings the industry together to forge connections and build relationships. The Blue Book Network is comprised of:

With over 100 years of service to the industry, The Blue Book has continued to expand its product offerings for all project stages- from pre-design through post-construction. The digital workflow solutions enable construction professionals to find and spec products, share project documents, streamline bid communications and view, markup and takeoff documents.

The Blue Book Network remains committed to providing the information solutions and connections needed to simplify the construction process and continually advance the commercial construction industry across the United States.

Within the Blue Book Network, Ducere Construction Services standard scope of services includes the following:

CSI Master Format™ code(s).

01 24 13 – Value Engineering
01 29 83 – Payment Procedures for Testing Laboratory Services

01 31 13 – Project Coordination
01 31 19.13 – Preconstruction Meetings

01 35 16 – Alteration Project Procedures
01 84 19 – Interior Finishes Performance Requirements