Program Overview

The Business Capacity Development Program (BCDP) is designed to increase the capacity and capabilities of small, women, minority, and veteran-owned businesses (S/W/MBE firms) to better compete for and participate on MMSD projects.  The program increases business owners’ knowledge and confidence in key areas for business success.

In collaboration with established businesses, organizations, and mentors, program participants can partake in customized training and mentoring, including:

  • Business development training seminars
  • Self-paced online training curriculum
  • One-on-one business mentoring

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to adapt quickly.  The BCDP can help participants re-evaluate their business strategies to better align their company for continued improvement and success in this new era.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?

The BCDP is designed specifically for businesses that are certified or taking steps to become certified as an SBE, MBE, WBE, VBE, or DBE.  Individuals who should attend include:

  • Business owner
  • Operating officer or other key staff
  • Critical decision makers from the firm

Representatives of local non-profit organizations or non-certified firms are strongly encouraged to participate if their work relates to the District.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

Training Seminars

The virtual training seminars replace the in-person seminars that were held in previous years.  The virtual seminars are live online classes hosted through Microsoft Teams.  Once registered, participants will receive a link to access the meeting.  Participants are encouraged to utilize the free online Microsoft Teams platform to access the seminars so they can view the content on their screen.  For participants without audio/microphone capabilities on their computers, a call-in option is also provided.

Each of the seminars will coincide with an online curriculum based on the topics discussed in the virtual seminar.  Participants are encouraged to follow up with the online curriculum to dive further into the topics discussed.

Online Training Curriculum

All participants will have access to online curriculum available at https://mmsd.crewwire.com.

The online curriculum allows participants to experience the value of business development training without taking valuable time away from their work.  Additionally, participants have more opportunity to incorporate what they are learning into their business and reflect on the impact of what they’re doing.

The content from the live virtual seminars will be broken down into short videos that are no more than 30 minutes in duration, allowing participants to revisit seminar topics at their own pace.

The online training videos will be made available after the associated live virtual seminar has taken place.

One-On-One Business Mentoring

MMSD understands the benefits of one-on-one business mentoring.  By stepping back to work on the business, businesses are able to apply the business development concepts directly to their business with the guidance of a firm that has been through it before.

Participants who are engaged in the live virtual seminars and online curriculum will have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one business mentoring with MMSD consultants on various areas, such as:

  • Targeted training sessions
  • Estimating assistance
  • Accounting, financing, and cash flow management

Networking Events

Throughout the program year, a variety of networking events will be held to encourage relationship building amongst BCDP participants, MMSD staff, and other District vendors.

There will be at least two in-person networking sessions with the main event being a live interview of two successful SWMBE business owner at each session, as to their experience in working with MMSD and highlighting tips on their success. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions during the 45-minute interview. A networking reception will follow each interview with light appetizers and beverages. This will allow attendees to connect with the main guest, MMSD Staff, and with each other. These networking events will be held during the months of April and May of 2022.

Additionally, there will be a series of networking events hosted at MMSD prime contractor/consultant locations that will facilitate further relationship building and provide attendees with the tools and knowledge to be able to do business with MMSD primes and/or MMSD directly. These networking events will be held in early 2022.

There will also virtual speed networking event that will allow participants to efficiently meet potential project collaborators.

There will also be a field site event that will walk participants through a recently constructed MMSD green infrastructure project.  Participants will be able to observe and relate the complexities of the design process to the realities of completing a project and gain key insights on MMSD’s design process.  This session is planned for Spring 2022.

More information on dates, locations, and registration will be posted to the MMSD website: https://www.mmsd.com/procurement/business-development.  Participants of any of the BCDP seminars will also receive an e-mail notification when registration becomes available for each event.