The Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC –NC) was revitalized in the spring of this year — with MWIS President and CEO Ingrid Merriwether at the helm.
As President, Ingrid encourages all contractors and agencies interested in expanding the pool of capable, informed contractors to join in NAMC’s mission. “This revitalized chapter gives us a vehicle through which we can help identify and develop the minority contracting community in Northern California,” she says.
Since the April 23rd Kick-Off Dinner at the Claremont Hotel, the Chapter has been going ahead full force. They’ve sponsored two outreach events, a training event and engaged in public policy discussions related to small business development at the Oakland Army Base and within the City of Oakland.
This has sparked a flood of interest by contractors and potential sponsors, with many new members breathing new life and enthusiasm into the organization.
The group is focused on education and empowerment. A perfect example is the NAMC co-sponsored free workshop with the Doyle Drive Replacement Project, “Increasing Your Competitive Edge: Creating an Effective “Line Card” that took place in June. Designed to help DBE/UDBE/SBE/DVBE companies, the workshop offered advice for communicating key information in the first few minutes of meeting prime contractors; helped participants develop “line cards” to convey the most important aspects of their businesses; and taught key marketing concepts.
Each participant met one-on-one with a business development specialist from the Doyle Drive Project prime contracts as well as prime contractors from the Caltrans Calmentor and Mentor/Protégé Programs. After meeting with the primes, the participants were able to work with graphic designers (on-site) who helped them produce their actual “Line Cards”.
NAMC plans to focus on similar events in the future. For more information about NAMC, visit the Chapter’s website at www.namcnc.org.