Free Model Contractor Development Program kicks off Feb. 26 in Columbus

Jackson, Mississippi — February 5, 2019 — Contractors interested in expanding their business are encouraged to enroll in the Mississippi Development Authority’s free Model Contractor Development Program. The program kicks off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, at Gregory Construction, located at 1447 Industrial Park Road in Columbus.

The nine-week workshop series covers relevant topics for businesses seeking to increase their operations and bonding capacity. Participants must enroll or already be enrolled in the Mississippi Contractor Procurement Network system,, to take part in the program. Additionally, each company’s representative must agree to attend at least seven of the nine sessions to successfully complete the program and receive a certificate of completion.

The kick-off session will feature guest speaker Joanne Brooks, Esq., managing partner of JSSB Consulting, LLC and co-author of the MCDP’s framework. During the kick-off, she will discuss the importance of bonding with an emphasis on bonding as an empowerment tool that leads to controlled growth, job creation and legacy wealth. 

The workshops will be held Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The program schedule is as follows:

  • Feb. 26                        Kick-off and “Why Bonding Matters” presentation
  • March 5                       Business Planning and Management
  • March 12                     Banking and Finance
  • March 19                     Bonding and Insurance
  • March 26                     Construction Accounting and Financial Management  
  • April 2                         Marketing, Estimating and Bidding
  • April 9                         Project Management and Field Operations
  • April 16                       Claims and Dispute Resolution
  • April 23                       Success Stories: Managing Growth

The Columbus workshop series is sponsored by MDA, The Surety and Fidelity Association of America, Gregory Construction, J5 GBL and the Northeast Mississippi Contract Procurement Center.

Seating is limited, so interested parties are encouraged to register by visiting, selecting the “Events Calendar” and then “Feb. 26.” For more information, contact Michelle Bernard with MDA’s Minority and Small Business Development Division at (601) 359-6678 or

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