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Business Skills for the Construction Trade - Application Process

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Thank you for your interest in the Business Skills for the Construction Trades program.  As part of its commitment to support the success of small construction businesses in Rhode Island, West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation has partnered with the Center for Workforce & Professional Development at the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies to create a new, customized professional development program.

The online application for this program is now closed. Please look for more information in the spring of 2017. 

The training program will help small construction businesses gain critical management skills allowing them to increase their capacity, business acumen and growth potential.


CLIENT MANAGEMENT: Learn how to better negotiate contracts and develop key relationships to sustain and improve your business. Manage client and vendor expectation and needs using the latest software tools

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Develop a plan for your business and a strategy to market and promote your business. Develop networking skills to help build your contacts and awareness.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: Gain valuable skills on managing key activities such as invoicing, accounting, payroll, contract management, insurance and bonding and negotiation to help your business capacity

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Learn how to plan for your resources and bid on jobs so that you can increase your capacity and win more bids!

LEGAL AND CONTRACT MANAGEMENT: Become more skilled at reading and negotiating contracts to better your business

MENTORSHIP: Gain guidance from Key Large construction companies.  Learn how to leverage best practices from industry experts to success. Build lasting building relationships with other successful companies in the construction field.

A cohort of 10 businesses will be selected to participate in the program. While there are many benefits to participating in this program, please note that participation in no way guarantees business or preferred treatment for future contracts or bids.

We are requesting submissions from small business contractors who:

  • Have been in business in the construction trades in Rhode Island for at least three years
  • Have had up to $2 million in annual revenue over the last three years
  • Has at least 3 employees
  • Are fully licensed in their trade (if applicable)

Business Skills for the Construction Trade Form