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|Dec 19|magazine8 min read

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Clark Construction recently toasted the accomplishment of graduates of its Strategic Partnership Program (SPP) during the firm's first ever "Cheers to Your Success" happy hour and networking event at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.  The company has offered the eight-month professional development course in San Francisco since 2014.  The intensive, MBA-style curriculum is aimed at local small businesses, including minority-, women-, and veteran-owned firms. To date, 54 small business leaders from the San Francisco Bay area have completed the program.  

The Strategic Partnership Program provides underrepresented or disadvantaged small business leaders with access to fundamental business and project management skills training to prepare them for their next big opportunity.  Weekly evening classes focus on topics including estimating, understanding contracts, purchasing, and finance and accounting – to refine and enhance the skills that participants use to run and grow their businesses every day. Clark offers the program to small business owners at no cost.  

One of the goals of the Strategic Partnership Program is to increase the capacity of small businesses so they are highly qualified to contribute to large-scale construction projects in the Bay Area.

"Clark has provided me with a network of smart, phenomenal individuals who are going to transform how construction is done in San Francisco," stated Jeanine Cotter, owner of Luminault, a solar energy solutions firm based in Potrero Hill.

Tana Harris, owner of Harris Hoisting, joined select alumni in sharing words of inspiration during the event. As the only African-American woman in San Francisco to own and operate a hoisting company, Harris is breaking industry barriers. She previously worked as a hoist operator on Clark's Salesforce Tower construction site, and credits the company for offering her the opportunity to develop the skills she needs to succeed as a contractor, as well as for giving her the confidence to pursue her dream of entrepreneurship.  "I am going to make you proud," she said.

Stated Nick Colina, co-principal of Anco Iron & Construction, a steel and metal fabricator based in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood, "Clark is one of the best contractors in terms of including the community and expanding local growth."

 

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SOURCE Clark Construction Group