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Business Observer Thursday, Sep. 28, 2017 10 months ago

A helping hand

Partnership series kicks off Nov. 3.

National building contractor Suffolk wants to create new opportunities for trades people in the Tampa Bay region and beyond.

The firm, in doing so, is accepting applications for the southeast edition of its 2017 Trades Partnership Series. It's a program targeted toward trade partner firms that meet certain criteria, such as being owned by women and minorities, and want to improve access to the construction industry while developing skills that lead to long-term success, according to a statement.

The program begins with a networking reception Nov. 3. Courses will be held Nov. 6-9 in Tampa. Topics scheduled to be covered include project management, access to capital, risk management and safety, estimating, purchasing and financial management.

Suffolk staff and members of local contracting firms will teach the courses, with support from Black Women in Construction and Associated Builders and Contractors, the release adds.

Successful participants will receive mentorship from a member of Suffolk's leadership team following a graduation ceremony Nov. 10.

The opening reception, course sessions and graduation will all take place in Suffolk's downtown Tampa office, 616 Channelside Drive, Suite 102, Tampa. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Oct. 6. For more information or to apply, visit

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