Model Contractor Development Program to kick off Feb. 19 in Hattiesburg

Model Contractor Development Program to kick off Feb. 19 in Hattiesburg

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Mississippi Development Authority

The Mississippi Development Authority will kick off its Model Contractor Development Program workshop series at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Hattiesburg Intermodal Facility, located at 308 Newman Street in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The nine weekly workshops, designed to teach small contractors and businesses practices that will improve their company's operations and increase their bonding capacity, will be held each Thursday evening through April 16.

The MCDP workshop series is free of charge and open to all small contractors and businesses, but participants must enroll or already be enrolled in the Mississippi Contractor Procurement Network system (

) in order to attend. Additionally, each company's representative must agree to attend seven of the nine sessions to successfully complete the course.

The nine-week program schedule follows:

Thursday, Feb. 19 –    5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Kickoff/Orientation

Thursday, Feb. 26 –    5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Business Planning and Management

Thursday, March 5 –   5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Banking and Finance

Thursday, March 12 – 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Bonding and Insurance

Thursday, March 19 – 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Accounting and Financial Management

Thursday, March 26 – 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Marketing, Estimating and Bidding

Thursday, April 2 –     5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Project Management and Field Operations

Thursday, April 9 –     5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Claims and Dispute Resolution

Thursday, April 16 –   5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Success Stories, Managing Growth, Graduation, Conclusion

The Hattiesburg workshop series is sponsored by MDA, the city of Hattiesburg, the South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center and The Surety and Fidelity Association of America.

Seating is limited, so interested parties are encouraged to register by visiting

, and select “Events Calendar” and then “February 19.” For more information about the MCDP, please contact Latonia Shirley with MDA's Minority and Small Business Development Division at (601) 359-6678 or


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