Seminars

Upcoming Program Events

Contractor Panel Discussion & Networking Lunch

Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
As part of the MMSD BCDP we are pleased to offer you this networking opportunity to attend an in-person question-and-answer session with two SWMBE firms that have experience starting, growing, and maintaining successful businesses. With a combination of preplanned questions from our facilitators and questions from you as the audience, this will be our chance to ask our panel guests how they have done it as successful business owners. Topics of discussion may include company structure, business development, software, staffing, accounting, past struggles, or anything pertinent to starting and growing a business. Following our 1-hour panel discussion, you will have a chance to network over lunch with each other, our panel guests, and key MMSD staff. This is a rare opportunity that we encourage both SMWBE and traditional firms to take advantage of. Introductions to our panel guests can be found at the event registration page.

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Past Program Events

CONTRACTOR FOCUS CURRICULUM

The construction management series is taught by Tim Poehnelt, P.E., owner and director of Nugen Companies, LLC.  Mr. Poehnelt has 20 years of experience in the Heavy Civil Construction Industry and an extensive background in project management, estimating, and business development.

The construction management series is geared toward contractors wishing to hone their skills in estimating, bidding, and project management.  Professional services vendors (consultants) are welcome to attend these seminars, as well, but should keep in mind that the curriculum is primarily based on the construction bidding and operations process.

Estimating Part 1, Before You Bid

Friday, December 17, 2021 | 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
This seminar lays the foundation for how to bid on projects for clients such as MMSD and other state and local municipalities.  Topics include how to budget for insurance and bonding, cash flow analysis, project selection, and the low bid environment.

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Estimating Part 2, Estimating Fundamentals

Thursday, January 13, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
This seminar provides a detailed breakdown on the five cost categories of labor, equipment, material, subcontractors, and overhead. Additional topics include overall project risk and how it applies to profit and developing review criteria to fit your business model when searching for opportunities.

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“Tim explains the construction process very thoroughly. This is a great tool to guide a business through the construction process. Many useful topics were covered, and examples given.”

2020 BCDP Participant

Estimating Part 3, Preparing a Bid from Start to Finish

Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
This seminar focuses on the tasks and timeline needed to assemble a bid as a prime contractor and subcontractor. The seminar includes a step-by-step walkthrough of how to estimate a project and hands-on estimating practice.

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Operations & Management Part 1: Planning, Execution & Post Project

Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
This seminar focuses on the operations and management effort needed to manage a project as a prime contractor and subcontractor through the three phases of a project. Topics include contract award, submittals, scheduling, and payments.

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Operations & Management Part 2: Document Control & Risk Prevention

Thursday, February 24, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
This seminar focuses on identifying and preventing risk as it relates to each individual cost category of labor, equipment material, and subcontractors.

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Structuring a Small Business for Success

Thursday, March 17, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
This seminar focuses on how to structure a small business to remain cost competitive while delivering the type and quality of service provided by larger companies. Topics include centralized filing tools, software overview, job cost accounting, and tracking and analyzing cost data.

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“Honestly, I can’t think of anything to improve. Tim does a great job going through the information.”

2020 BCDP Participant

CONSULTANT FOCUS CURRICULUM

The consultant management series is led and/or hosted by Carrie Bristoll-Groll, PE, ENV SP, Principal Civil Engineer and CEO of Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC (SSE). Carrie has nearly 30 years of experience in civil engineering, 20 of which as the owner of SSE, a certified Small and Woman-owned Business. Carrie was also a student of the MMSD Business Capacity Development Program training sessions in the early years of her firm.

Session 1: Business Financials Part 1, Financial Reports

Thursday, January 6, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
The most cumbersome part of business for most non-accountant business owners is how to understand the current cash flow and how it relates to Profit and Loss (P/L) and Balance Sheet reports. We’ll dive into these topics and more from the non-accountant perspective. Participants are asked to bring their own balance sheet, profit and loss sheet and cash flow reports (for their own viewing, not to share).

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Session 2: Business Financials Part 2, Business Measurables

Thursday, January 20, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Besides the company financials reviewed in Part 1, what are the key performance indicators (KPIs) and other measurables to track for your business? How do we engage our staff to keep an eye on these measurables to guide our business strength?

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Session 3: Business Financials Part 3, Accountant and Banker Perspective

Thursday, February 3, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
How do we learn to read our financial statements from the viewpoint of an accountant or a banker? What do they look for to gauge the strength of the business? Special guest speakers from Vrakas CPAs and Community State Bank give us an inside look.

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Session 4: Company Culture

Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
What sets your firm apart from the rest? What makes it a place that people line up to join when you have a job opening? The Culture is key. How do you define it, promote it, and live by it? Each participant will receive a copy of Culture By Design by David Friedman as a take-away for a deeper dive.

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Session 5: Defining Your Company Culture

Thursday, March 3, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Company Culture should not be flowing, changing and dynamic, defined by the most outspoken employees, but instead, the drive and emotion stemming from the company owner or CEO. Using materials learned from Session 4, join in a workshop to put thoughts to paper, setting the Company Culture as a reflection of your unique passion.

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Session 6: The Design to Bid Process from the Consultant and Client Perspective

Thursday, March 31, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
You’ve won your first big design contract! What comes next? Hear from the consultants who have won and lead MMSD projects from start to end. What are the key milestones and what defines a successful project from the consultant and the client perspectives.

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SPECIAL LEAN EDITION

The MMSD BCDP has a desire to deliver continuous improvement to the BCDP. New to the 2021/2022 BCDP will be the introduction of lean concepts and applications specific to the consulting and contracting industries. The lean training series is taught by Ashley Norris, founder of Lean Sustainable Solutions (LSS). Working within the architecture, real estate development, and construction industries since 2016 provides Ashley with the ability to navigate a project from development of a design concept, into schematic designs, and then construction.

Lean Part 1: Applying Lean Methodologies to Any Business

Wednesday, March 2 2022 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
If the principles of lean were founded in the manufacturing environment, how does it apply to construction and professional support services? Lean focuses on adding value to the customer and identifying opportunities to provide a better product or service based on the customer’s needs. In this course, we will discuss how might we identify problems to solve that will focus on your customer’s experience.

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Lean Part 2: Continuous Improvement in Contracting and Consulting

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Building on the foundations developed in Part 1, Part 2 will walk through how to improve your business to meet your customers’ needs. By learning how to create a process map, you will understand how to identify operational inefficiencies that once resolved will bring value to the customer while meeting the performance goals of your business.

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Lean Part 3: Improving the Quality of the Value Stream in Your Business

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
How are decisions to change made within your business? What are the indicators you use to know when things need to change? During this course, we will walk through a visual process to measure performance of your business and how to set quality controls in place to ensure that changes made will be impactful.

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