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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will host the Metro to Crenshaw/LAX Small Business Matchmaking Summit on Thursday, August 7, 2014.  The event will introduce South Los Angeles, Inglewood and other area small businesses to Prime Contractors and Service Providers. 

 

The Summit will schedule Prime Contractors and Service Providers into several seven-minuteshort meetings so they can get to know diverse small business owners.  The goal?  To find great, new vendorsconnect minority, women, and veteran owned small businesses and Prime Contractors for upcoming subcontract work on projects throughout Southern California, especially key Metro projects.

Top-tier Prime Contractors slated to attend include: AECOM, Arcadis U.S. Inc., ARUP, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc., Clark Construction, Hensel Phelps, Kiewit, Skanska/Traylor: Regional Connector Constructors JV, Stantec, Swinerton and Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors. 

The August 7th Matchmaking Summit will also showcase its impact on small businesses that employ disabled veterans and minority workers.

Kevin Ramsey of Alameda Construction Services, Inc. credits Metro’s continuing business outreach for his success:  “Their networking support netted Alameda six subcontracts with Prime Contractors including Walsh-Shea and Skanska.”  Kevin says the contracts earned his concrete and asphalt firm over a million dollars.  He in turn provides jobs for over fifty diverse men and women from the community who are Black, Latino, Filipino, Pacific Islander, single parents, formerly incarcerated, disabled and former soldiers.

Disabled veteran Justin Whetsell works with Kevin Ramsey as Alameda Construction’s Project Coordinator. He left the Army as a Staff SargeantSergeant in 2012 after a tour in Iraq.  Justin did not expect to find a good job again, nevermind a good paying job in construction: “This is my first job after the military where I wake up looking forward to going to our worksites.  And the scale of our Metro projects is just awe-inspiring.”

Though Kevin Ramsey admits the most challenging parts of the construction contracting process are bidding and getting the pricing right, he is eager to attend the August 7th Matchmaking Summit “to see what Metro has to offer and find new business opportunities.”

Significantly, theThe Matchmaking Summit will bring an array of Service Providers into direct dialogue with small business participants.  Service Providers such as the South Bay One-Stop Business & Career Centers (SBWIB) in Inglewood and the City of Los Angeles Bond Assistance Program will be on hand to provide small businesses information and resources that can help significantly help strengthen the small businesses.  In addition, West Angeles Community Development Corporation and the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department will present at workshops during the Summit. These City and County Service Providers manage resources, bid opportunities and regulation programs that shape the way business gets done. “They will be a strong resource available at the Matchmaking Summit. And they can expedite a variety of business certifications on-site,” according to JC Lacey, Business Liaison for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.

In addition, the Summit will present three workshops: “How to Elevator Pitch your Company’s Services,” “Economic Empowerment” by West Angeles Community Development Corporation and “Access to Capital” by City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department.

This Matchmaking Summit continues an initiative begun last year when the Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council (CLC) and Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper brought Metro resources and company decision makers into dialogue with the South Los Angeles women, small, disabled veteran and minority owned businesses.  Metro and CLC are now bringing this enhanced Matchmaking Summit program to the business community. 

Small bBusiness Owner Kevin Ramsey affirms, “Metro and these Prime Contractors do does a large volume of business. The upcoming Matchmaking Summit can be your doorway to opportunity, so you need to be there.”

Local small businesses are encouraged to register today because Matchmaking Summit timeslots are limited.  To register, please visit www.metrosummitla.com.  The registration deadline is Friday, August 1, 2014.

The Matchmaking Summit will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm at The Proud Bird, 11022 Aviation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045.  For questions and additional information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call (310) 806-4855.

 

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