Building for Growth

About Building for Growth

Successfully Scaling Construction Businesses

Building for Growth (BFG) is a national, online, tuition-free executive education program that helps primarily BIPOC-, woman-, and veteran-owned construction contractors build capacity and develop sustainable growth strategies. The BFG program launched its inaugural cohort in 2022, and since then has served 166 construction firms from 29 states.

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).

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What Makes Building for Growth Unique?

  • Peer-to-peer connections: join a vibrant cohort of diverse contractors to expand and enhance your peer network
  • Led by practitioners: classes taught by construction industry practitioners and experts in their respective fields
  • Access to resources: broad exposure to industry partners, including financial and bonding institutions, municipalities, and large prime contractors
  • Business planning: create or improve a customized business plan designed to fuel growth, with feedback and support from the BFG staff

BFG Curriculum

BFG combines 18 online weekly classesdedicated technical assistance, and long-term mentorship. This program runs for 18 weeks, with weekly 2-hour virtual classes. The time commitment is about 3-4 hours per week. The program comprehensively covers all key elements needed to be a successful construction firm.

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 8,000+ alumni by providing ongoing learning and professional development, visibility and recognition, and a network through which they may explore collaboration and contracting opportunities.


To be eligible for the BFG program, your company must be:

  • An independent, for-profit corporation in the construction industry
  • At least 51% BIPOC- and/or woman-owned and/or veteran-owned and/or located in an under-resourced community*
  • Have annual revenues of $1MM-$10MM and/or be on course to reach or exceed $2MM within the next 3 years

*ICIC defines under-resourced communities as areas of concentrated poverty and low income within urban and suburban communities. Not sure if you’re located in an under-resourced community? Apply to find out.

Nominate & Apply

BFG’s cohorts are 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.

Know of any businesses that are a good fit for the BFG program? Nominate them to participate.

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Have a question about Building for Growth? Contact us at or schedule an interest call here.


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