Nine companies, ranging from carpentry and snow removal to project management firms graduated on Wednesday, March 14th from IHCC’s Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program. The goal of the program, which began in October 2017, is to prepare is to prepare minority, veteran, and women-owned small businesses to participate as prime and sub- contractors on highway and vertical construction contracts.
Each company participated in two full-day group conferences and individual coaching sessions designed to help the business owners identify their pain points, build financial understanding, and work on a business plan. On Wednesday, each business owner pitched their company to an audience of prime contractors, as well as representatives from the Illinois Tollway, Chicago Transit Authority, Illinois Department of Transportation, Forest Preserves of Cook County and PACE. Afterwards, they were able to engage in one-on-one networking with representatives from twelve prime contractors, including ComEd and others.
The list of companies includes:
- Julio Arteaga, Arteaga Landscape & Erosion Control, Round Lake Beach
- Bhagvanji J. (BJ) Parecha, Buildex Electronics, Wheeling
- Allan Velasquez, Greatness Steel Inc., Chicago
- Marco Romero, iBuilders Corporation, Chicago
- Hector Caballero Jr., Junkvets Inc., Lansing
- Jackie d’Escoto, Maginox, Aurora
- Raj Khanna, Market Contracting Services, Chicago
- Tom Numbere Jr., PCG Consultant Group, Chicago
- Joyce Gye, S & M Plow Corp., Chicago
“We are proud of the participants’ accomplishments as they have progressed through the program,” said program director Kelley Francis. “They’ve hired new team members, applied for certifications and have focused on business development. We are confident they will continue on their paths to success with the Illinois Tollway and other agencies.”
IHCC is one of seven organizations working in partnership with the Tollway to manage the Technical Assistance Program throughout Northern Illinois. The next cohort will begin in Fall 2018. For more information, contact Kelley Francis, Program Director at (312) 425-9500.