PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE—Juan Garrett, Riverside Center for Innovation executive director points out that the deadline is drawing near for Minority, Women, Disadvantaged and Veteran Owned construction firms to register for the BizFIT Program. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels)

PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE—Juan Garrett, Riverside Center for Innovation executive director points out that the deadline is drawing near for Minority, Women, Disadvantaged and Veteran Owned construction firms to register for the BizFIT Program. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels)

Recruitment is underway for the Riverside Center for Innovation’s BizFIT Construction Entrepreneurial Training Program. Sept. 15 is the deadline with participant interviews targeted to start Sept. 6.

Aimed for Minority, Women, Disadvantaged and Veteran Owned construction businesses, Juan Garrett, said the Program goal is to prepare its participants to become better prime and subcontractors and stable enough to hire a workforce from within underserved communities, currently with a focus in the Hill District.

“There are a lot of public and private construction projects worth billions of dollars occurring and planned for the region. Our focus is to prepare DBE firms from start-up to well established to become equipped prime contractors to capitalize on the opportunities on the front and backend,” said Garrett RCI executive director.

Industries include, he said but are not limited to builders, demolition, roofers, landscapers, painters, carpenters, HVAC contractors, as well as businesses in window, metal, moving and equipment trades.

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