Accelerating Profitable Growth for BIPOC- and Woman-Owned Construction Contractors
Building for Growth (BFG) is a national, online, tuition-free executive education program that helps BIPOC- and woman-owned construction contractors build capacity and develop sustainable growth strategies that position their businesses to increase revenues and profits. The BFG program launched its inaugural cohort in 2022, which served 54 construction businesses from 19 states. 91% of the businesses were BIPOC-owned and 53% were woman-owned.
The BFG program is led by Steve Lamar, Founder and CEO of Forward Planning & Solutions, who brings 20+ years of experience in supplier diversity, construction, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
In 2023, ICIC is running two BFG cohorts: a Spring cohort (April 25 start date) and a Summer cohort (July 26 start date).
BFG is now accepting applications and nominations for the 2023 program! Applications will remain open until all slots are filled.
The BFG program will help you:
BFG combines 18 online weekly classes, dedicated technical assistance, and long-term mentorship. The program comprehensively covers all key elements needed to be a successful construction firm.
Classes take place Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. PT (7-9 p.m. ET) for the Spring cohort and Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. PT (4-6 p.m. ET) for the Summer cohort. The total time commitment for the program is roughly 35-45 hours. For more detailed information about the BFG classes, please read our Full Curriculum.
Upon completion of the program, participants will become part of ICIC’s Inner City Alumni Network (ICAN), which empowers and serves ICIC’s 6000+ alumni by providing ongoing learning and professional development, visibility and recognition, and a network through which they may explore collaboration and contracting opportunities.
As a participant in BFG, you will gain access to:
To be eligible for the BFG program, your company must be:
BFG is running two cohorts in 2023:
BFG’s 2023 cohorts will be limited to ~50 businesses each, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all seats are filled. We encourage you to apply early while openings remain.
Are you a business owner interested in participating in the BFG program? Start your application process by filling out our initial application.
Know of any businesses that are a good fit for the BFG program? Nominate them to participate.
Have a question about Building for Growth? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an interest call here.
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