Free Model Contractor Development Program Spring workshop series kicks off June 4 in Columbus

Jackson, Mississippi — April 30, 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, June 4, at Gregory Construction, located at 1447 Industrial Park Road in Columbus.

The eight-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 Contract Procurement Network system,, to take part in the program. Additionally, each company’s representative must agree to attend at least seven of the eight 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 bonding as an empowerment tool that leads to controlled growth, job creation and legacy wealth.

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

  • June 4                          Kick-off and “Why Bonding Matters” presentation
  • June 11                        Business Planning and Management and Banking and Finance
  • June 18                        Bonding and Insurance
  • June 25                        Construction Accounting and Financial Management
  • July 12                         Marketing, Estimating and Bidding
  • July 9                           Project Management and Field Operations
  • July 16                         Claims and Dispute Resolution
  • July 23                         Managing Growth and Success

The Columbus workshop series is sponsored by MDA, The Surety and Fidelity Association of America, Gregory Construction 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 “June 4.” For more information, contact Michelle Bernard with MDA’s Minority and Small Business Development Division at (601) 359-6678 or

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