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Forum Paves Way for Roadwork Firms to Find Jobs

Road to Success II lines up minority and small-business companies with government, private-sector contractors

Jessica McRory, president of AREHNA Engineering Inc., knows the value of attending events like Hillsborough County's Road to Success II, a forum for minority and small businesses involved in road construction and related fields.

Contractors and subcontractors learn about available government jobs, and speak with one another. "It’s a great opportunity to network with owners and potential clients, and get information on upcoming projects," says McRory, whose Hillsborough County-based firm offers engineering and testing/inspection services throughout Florida.

Road to Success II takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center, 522 N. Howard Ave., in Tampa.

The free event is for road construction contractors, subcontractors, and firms specializing in signalization, paving, roadside landscaping, consulting, and other construction-related services.

Here's what participants can get out of attending:

  • Learn about upcoming bid opportunities on planned government transportation projects.
  • Network with other businesses, contractors, and subcontractors
  • Speak with representatives of Hillsborough County, Florida's Department of Transportation, Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority, and other agencies about upcoming projects.
  • Learn about government agency requirements, and how to comply with them to bid on jobs.

Registration is required to attend the forum, and seats remain available. The deadline to reserve one is May 8. To register, or for more information about Road to Success II, call (813) 307-8309, or visit Upcoming Events (HCFLGov.net/MWSBE) on Hillsborough County's government website.

Photo Information: Marie Camilleri of AREHNA Engineering, a certified Minority Business Enterprise and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, tests soil density above a pipeline installed near the future USF Medical Center in downtown Tampa. The pipeline is beneath what eventually will be Cumberland Avenue.

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