Women Construction Owners and Executives

January 7, 2013

WCOE WCOE and you!

Lee CunninghamOn behalf of the WCOE Board Happy 2014! Since 1983 WCOE’s one goal is to help their members’ businesses grow and prosper. Dedicated to creating level playing field for women in the construction industry, WCOE is proud to represent both large and small women-owned firms as well as executive women in policy making positions with some of the largest corporations and firms in the country.

Uniting women across the nation to create contracting opportunities, WCOE is embarking on its 30th year of advocacy on issues that are of importance to women in the construction field.
In 2014 WCOE will focus on the needs of women in construction through four divisions. These Divisions/sections are Prime Contractors, Sub Contractors, Suppliers and Professional Services. All four of these divisions are crucial to the construction whole and each has special needs and interests. In an effort to best meet the needs of our members, partners, investors and clients each area will have a focus on interest, service and legislation for each section.

Another exciting addition to the WCOE organization is the implementation of a Military Membership for our service members. We are proud to offer a special membership rate to honor their service to our country.

In 2014 we will implement WCOE University, our way of helping our members, partners, investors and clients grow professionally along with introducing the Construction Field to the next generation.
This is an amazing field that we all love or are challenged by and it is time we tell and show others the excitement of construction.

I love this organization, it has changed my life and the prosperity of my business and I want to share that joy and opportunity. Our Women Build America Conference will be held in Washington DC on March 30, 31 and April 1. This is an opportunity to grow and prosper. The education you will receive, the people you will meet, the experiences you will have and the potential contracts you will make are there for the taking.

May 2014 bring you all the joy and prosperity life can offer.
Lee Cunningham
President, WCOE

WCOE WCOE Women Build America

WCOE Women Build America
Leadership Conference & Annual Meeting

March 30–April 1, 2014, Washington DC

Women Construction Owners & Executives USA is celebrating our 30th Anniversary next year! Please join us in our celebrations to recognize what we've accomplished and learn how women contractors can continue to succeed in a challenging business environment. We're busy assembling a group of exciting speakers to address issues that are important to women in the construction industry. You'll learn from business experts who will help you navigate your way through government and private-sector contracts, teaming and joint venture issues, business development and other critical business topics. During the Leadership Conference, we will storm Capitol Hill to meet with key U.S. Representatives, U.S. Senators and their staff members. Make your voice heard and stand up for women-owned construction businesses! And, just as importantly, network with other women in the construction industry who face challenges similar to yours.

WCOE WCOE Chicago Caucus – Save These Dates!

Tuesday, Feb. 14th
Construction Industry Lobby Day in Springfield. WCOE members are joining IMSCA and other construction industry groups and lobby members of the Illinois General Assembly and to attend an evening reception.

Thursday, Feb. 20th
A Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debate hosted by the construction industry is tentatively planned for the McDonalds HQ in Oak Brook and is an evening event. WCOE is a sponsor and we are hoping for good participation from members.

Local Renewal, National Trend Reflected in DC Streetcar Project

Construction of a 2.4-mile starter line for Washington DC’s first streetcar in 50 years showcases the city’s efforts to revitalize its waterfront areas and a growing national trend among cities to revive streetcars. Using modern-day systems, streetcar cities are using routes that were once traversed by trolleys before vehicles replaced them. Additional cities currently working on streetcar projects include Salt Lake City, Tucson, Atlanta, Kansas City and Cincinnati.

SBA Revises Size Standards for Utilities and Construction Sectors

SBAThe SBA has announced revisions to size standards for firms in two NAICS sectors including Utilities and Construction. The size standards define the maximum size a firm can be and still be considered a small business. The changes reflect marketplace conditions and public comments that the SBA received to the proposed rules. The new rules will allow more businesses obtain small or retain their status as a small business, will provide federal agencies a larger pool from which to select for their procurement programs and will allow more businesses access to SBA loans.

AGC Provides Insight to New Laws in CA

AGCGovernor Brown, California, signed 800 new laws that will take effect in 2014. AGC has closely monitored several legislative bills and has compiled a reported on the new laws that include prevailing wage, public works/public contracts, building construction, transportation/engineering, general construction, employee/employer issues and contractor licensing laws.

View the list that AGC was following with a brief description of each bill signed into law.

Deconstructing a National Mindset on Skilled Trade Work

AGC of America’s spokesperson, Giles Lambertson, recently commented on the lack of interest among young people to pursue skilled trade careers in the construction industry as a “national mindset” that needs to be broken. Referring to a survey by AGC of America which indicated that contractors are struggling to hire qualified applicants. Lambertson notes that Americans “need to take a short- and long-term steps to make sure there are enough workers to meet future demand.

Ohio River Bridges to Impact Region

A multibillion dollar project rising over two sections of the Ohio River promises to forever change commerce and the way of life in Clarksville. The Ohio River Bridges Project comprises of two bridges connecting the downtowns of Louisville and Jeffersonville and Prospect, Ky., to Utica – is at the top of officials’ minds as they predict its impact on everything from business development to property values to the commercial market. Reaction to the bridges project within the town is mixed. Some officials and members of the town’s business community are optimistic about the project, while others see the tolling aspect of the project as an anchor that will minimize the positive impact of the new bridges. 

California Construction Employment Increased in Metro Areas

An expansion in construction employment occurred in 211 out of 339 metro areas, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Glendale, Santa Ana, Anaheim and Irvine posted the largest number of construction jobs added in the past year. The analysis was conducted by AGC of America and officials caution that although encouraging, future gains will be dependent on continued economic growth and new investments in aging domestic infrastructure.

Check out the National Women's History Museum

National Women's History MuseumWCOE welcomes the National Women's History Museum as a Strategic Partner. As the museum’s mission states, “The National Women’s History Museum educates, inspires, empowers, and shapes the future by integrating women's distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States.” The museum reflects an important aspect of American history and welcomes our support. See www.NWHM.org for more information.

U.S. Construction Spending up

Washington – U.S. construction spending rose in November at the strongest pace in more than four years, driven by solid gains in home construction and commercial projects. The Commerce Department said construction spending increased 1 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $934.4 billion. That's the fastest rate since March 2009 and a slight improve U.S. construction spending rose to its highest level in nearly five years in November, the latest indication the economic recovery gained momentum in the final months of 2013. November outlays for construction projects rose 1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $934.41 billion from October, according to a report from the Commerce Department.

$4.3B Office Complex planned for Kansas City, MO

Cerner, a large health care technology company has announced plans to build a 4.5 million-square-foot campus on 237 acres in Kansas City, MO. The 4.3 billion project will be build out over the next 10 years. Phase 1 will include two office buildings and will create 2,600 construction jobs.

5th Annual National Small Business
Contracting Summit | Southeast

The 5th Annual ASBCC / USWCC National Small Business Contracting Summit – Southeast presented jointly by the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce and the American Small Business Chamber of Commerce / National Association of Small Business Contractors being held in Orlando, FL on January 23, 2014.

This popular event boasts a robust agenda that includes one-on-one meetings with agencies and primes, focus on assuring small business federal contractors secure their fair share of federal contraction dollars, education on trends, opportunities and threats to small business contractors and legal education.

» Registration and other details

WCOE Strategic Partner News

Mayor Bob Newell, of Parkersburg, WV, said he expects the second phase of a baseball stadium feasibility study to begin within the next two to three weeks. AECOM Technical Services Inc. completed the first phase of a study to determine support of a minor league baseball franchise in Parkersburg. The results, released Monday, indicated widespread support for the plan. The second phase of the study will focus on locations, financing options, a business plan and other aspects in the financial viability of such a project.

National Association of Women Construction – NAWIC – Miami, FL
January Luncheon – Wednesday, January 15th
94th Aero Squadron Restaurant
1395 NW 57th Ave. Miami, FL 33126
Contact Rhonda Wimberly

Minority & Women Coalition
Friday, January 10th at 8am the Minority & Women Coalition will host an informational meeting featuring a presentation by the KC Streetcar Constructors Joint Venture Project. They are looking for minority and women contractors that hold DBE status. There will be an opportunity for Q&A following the presentation.

This meeting will be in the Mark One Electric Conference Center at 909 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO. Please confirm your attendance via e-mail to rsvp@markone.com by noon on
Thursday, January 9th.

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce announces the 5th Annual National Small Business Contracting Summit to be held in Orlando, FL on January 23rd.

American Subcontractors Association

1/14/2014 12:00 ET Webinar: Prequalification Management
1/16–18/2014   ASA Mini-Committee Week: Executive and Finance Committee and Rap Council Meetings
1/14/2014 12:00 ET Webinar: Preparing for a Changing Work Force

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.

2/19/2014 2:00PM ET Strategic, Business and Marketing Planning to WIN More Business
2/25/2014 2:00PM ET How to Develop a ROLLING Marketing Plan
4/8/2014 2:00PM ET Estimating and Bidding

California High-Speed Rail

2/11/2014 10:00AM PST Board Meeting


1/16/2014 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
2/12/2014 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
3/13/2014 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform

Executive Development

3 Challenges for Female Leaders to Overcome in 2014...

Prominent research proves companies and WOMEN who invest in leadership growth, benefit significantly at the office, and I will add, at home:

  •  Businesses with more women in leadership reported up to 69% higher financial results than those with fewer women leaders.
  •  Companies with the highest representation of women in top management achieved a 35% higher return on investment (ROI) and 34% higher total return to shareholders, according to a study done by Catalyst
  •  MIT research found, the most effective and collaborative teams have a greater proportion of women members.

That said, many executive women also struggle with:

  • Understanding their real value and contribution to the business and their life
  • Executing on clearly defined business and personal goals
  • Establishing a high value team and network

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