February 21, 2023 | 7:30 – 9:00 AM | St. Paul, MN
Certified Small Subcontractors – Friend or Foe?
We all know public construction projects require you to meet subcontracting goals. The programs are intended to level the playing field since little has changed for small businesses. Without a goal, opportunity is limited. How can we change the industry to meet the objectives of the program? Barb Lau, Association of Women Contractors (AWC), will share ways in which you can be a leader in the industry working with diverse small businesses. Through relationship building, partnering, and mentorship, you can mitigate your risks and have successful outcomes with small businesses.
Cost: Members – $15 | Nonmembers – $25 | Students – Free
Location: American Engineering Testing, 550 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 55114
Schedule: 7:30 am – Check-in, Networking | 8:00 am – Program
Barb Lau, Executive Director, Association of Women Contractors (AWC)
Barb is the Executive Director for the Association of Women Contractors (AWC), a trade association for women business owners in the construction industry. Barb’s background in organizational management and marketing led the AWC to a threefold growth over the past 10 years. Barb represents the interests of women and minority business owners in construction.
She is recognized as a leader in the construction industry focused on equity issues and solutions that work for the community. Her strong commitment to diversity and business growth is recognized throughout. She sits on multiple local government councils and works closely with agencies advocating for small businesses, advising on diversity goals, and identifying best practices. Barb served a three-year term, on the Community Advisory Council to the Board of Governors at the Federal Reserve Bank in DC. In 2020, Barb was awarded Outstanding Service to the Profession by Finance & Commerce’s Top Women in Construction Honors. In 2012, she was recognized as the Small Business Administration’s Women’s Champion of the year for Minnesota and Region V. Connect with Barb on LinkedIn.