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The Minority Contractor’s Training Program is designed to help minority construction businesses start and grow their enterprises. Each participant will learn about the construction industry and how to effectively run a construction business and gain knowledge about procurement certifications and opportunities.

Grambling State University has partnered with the Small Business Administration (SBA), City of Ruston, Louisiana, Crossmark Financial Services, and the Zion Traveler Community Development Corporation. The first of its kind in Lincoln Parish, the initiative is part of the Real Change in Ruston Project that will build 20 new homes for first-time homebuyers on the east side of Ruston, Louisiana. The City of Ruston made a commitment to utilize minority contractors to assist in the construction of the houses. In addition, contractors enrolled in the program will be prepared to participate in the rehabilitation of adjudicated properties throughout the parish.

Minority Contractor's Incubator Program: Text

Class Schedule
All sessions held Tuesdays, 5 - 7 PM

April 20, 2021

Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors - Licensing Requirements and Eligibility



Brad Hassert, Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors

April 27, 2021

Louisiana Department of Insurance: Managing Risks, Insurance and Bonding

Small Business Administration - SBA Surety Bond Guaranty Program, SBA approved sureties



Patrick Bell, Louisiana Department of Insurance 

Jo Ann Lawrence, SBA Surety Bond Guaranty Program

Surety Bond Agents: Jill Tucker, Insurance Underwriters, LTD

May 4, 2021

Financing Session: Accessing Capital, Resources for Financing and How Your Personal Credit Impacts Your Ability to Get Financing and Other Resources/Assistance

Credit Management: How Your Personal Credit Impacts You


Local Lenders

Marjorae Ball, SBA

May 11, 2021

Human Resources Management and Managing Payroll


LaKeisha Robichaux, Chief of Minds

May 18, 2021

Bid Preparation: Developing Cost and Pricing for Construction Firms


Frank Johnson

May 25, 2021

Project Management


Kristi Mirambelle, K-Belle Consultants

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