The Motor City Contractor Fund (MCCF) recently hosted yet another successful workshop event for participating contractors. This time, the event was focused on networking and featured a wide variety of opportunities for emerging contractors to meet directly with representatives from the City of Detroit, Barton Malow, Sachse Construction and other job providers. The event also included rounds of “speed coaching” to provide contractors with industry-specific knowledge and advice to help them succeed in the competitive marketplace.
The Motor City Contractor Fund was developed by the Rocket Community Fund and is being managed in partnership with the Gilbert Family Foundation.
“We want to change the way this process is done. We want to make it a more comfortable environment for the contractors,” said Kinnus Paul, Gilbert Family Foundation Program Manager. “So we’re having the job providers pitch [projects] to the contractors, and the contractors have the chance to make an educated decision of whether they want to work with the provider….it takes the pressure off the contractor.”
First launched in April of 2022, the Motor City Contactor Fund’s $10M pilot program has helped 20 Detroit-based contractors with resources, mentorship, training and networking opportunities. Lifeline Global Consulting, who coordinated this networking event, supports MCCF participants with technical assistance and training resources. These industry-focused workshops have been hugely beneficial in supporting the construction and contractor ecosystem.
“If you’re interested in growing your construction and contractor business, this is the program you’re going to want to be in,” said Marcus Jones, owner of MJ Construction Service and an MCCF participant. “I’ve been in a lot of small business programs…this is by far the most relevant information I’ve gained…I would recommend it to anyone who’s serious about growing their construction business.”
Watch the video to learn more about this networking event.