It was great fun working with the North Carolina Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses on the new Contractors College initiative. We have gotten a ton of fantastic responses from the program, and I was honored to have been a presenter. With my background as an executive with Smoot Construction, one of the largest minority owned contracting firms in the United States, and my experience working with some of North Carolina’s largest contractors, I hope I was able to share some insight into how a minority owned firm can not only survive, but thrive, in our industry!
It is great to hear from these folks on how our program is helping them to grow their business – working smarter not harder:
“I wanted to take the time to thank you for the truly informative talk that you gave last night at the Contractors College held at North Carolina Central University. Since becoming HUB-certified, Smart Contracting had been bidding on as much as we could, within the scope of work that we perform, from the flood of emails we were receiving. We thought that was a good strategy. As you pointed out last night, we were wrong. You pointed out the importance of developing relationships first, knowing who you are submitting a bid to, who you are offering your craftsmanship to. Smart Contracting stands and falls on our reputation for high quality work. Every job that we have taken on has resulted in praise from the clients and future referrals. As you stressed, and my wife and I have always agreed with, we want to be judged on our work and not on our HUB-certified status.” – Joe Hampton, Smart Contracting