Clark Construction debuts small business training program in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tennessee., October 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Clark Construction Group has expanded its Strategic Partnership Program (SPP) to Greater Nashville ■ area. Originally launched in 2006, the 8-month program provides MBA-style classes for leaders in small and diverse businesses, including minority-owned, women-owned and construction industry veterans. Twenty-two NashvilleArea business owners and leaders make up the Class of 2022.

Clark began the opening ceremony Nashville program with a full-day orientation for the participants of Thursday, October 20led by dr. Leonard GreenhalghDirector of Minority and Women Owned Business Programs at Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business. The program’s curriculum combines classes taught by Clark professionals and local industry experts with interactive team projects and specialized workshops. During the course, participants will focus on a range of business and construction industry topics, including financial reporting and accounting, insurance and bonds, estimating, procurement and project management, as well as softer business competencies such as presentation skills and leadership techniques. SPP participants graduate after a capstone project and presentation to industry leaders.

Sixteen years ago, Clark founded SPP to provide diverse businesses with the training, knowledge and resources firms need to compete for opportunities on large-scale construction projects. Since its inception, the company has expanded the course to eight markets across the country. To date, more than 1,300 small business owners and leaders have successfully completed the intensive program, gaining the skills and confidence to take their businesses to the next level.

The SPP is part of Clark’s holistic approach to developing and mentoring small and disadvantaged businesses and complements the company’s SDBE15 program, a corporate commitment to achieve at least 15 percent small business or disadvantaged business participation in all projects—even those that otherwise have no prescribed business requirements.

“Small and diverse businesses are the lifeblood of our communities. They bring invaluable perspectives and skills that make our projects and our industry stronger,” said Tim LamsonClark’s vice president in charge of the company’s operations in Nashville. “We are excited to deepen our investment in the growth of the region’s small business community and develop new professional relationships through our strategic partnership program.”

Clark launched the Strategic Partnership Program in Nashville comes only one year after the opening of the company’s new office in Nashville. Located just blocks from the city’s iconic Music City Center, a 2.1 million square foot convention center that Clark completed in 2013, the office is another symbol of the company’s commitment to serving the rapidly growing Nashville market in the future.

Interested firms can learn more about the strategic partnership program or apply for a future class by visiting www.clarkconstruction.com/spp.

About Clark Construction Group

For more than a century, Clark Construction Group has transformed its clients’ ideas and visions into world-class projects that make the United States a stronger and safer place. As one of the largest asset builders in the country, Clark has offices strategically located across the country to serve the needs of its clients. For more information visit www.clarkconstruction.com.

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SOURCE Clark Construction Group

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