NAWIC Columbia, Charlotte and Greenville chapters tour new Carowinds addition

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Charlotte, NC, March 11, 2017

NAWIC members from the Columbia, Charlotte and Greenville chapters enjoyed a tour of the the new “County Fair” addition to Carowinds on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Lunch at T-Bones on the Lake immediately followed. Members enjoyed fun and fellowship and getting to know new friends.

NAWIC Chapter #113 participates in MEBA Blueprint For Your Future

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Columbia, SC, March 10, 2017

Columbia, SC, Chapter #113 participated in the MEBA Blueprint For Your Future event on March 10th which is a  field study and panel discussion designed for 11th and 12th grade students who have already selected architecture and construction as their personal pathway. Our members were available for questions on our industry and also provided scholarship information to the 80 students. This event took place at the State Fairgrounds – 51st Annual Home and Garden Show and chapter members in attendance were Darla Moore (Hood Construction), Susan Clary-CIT (Contract Construction, Inc.), Rhonda Baker-CIT (Prez-Chem), Jane Andrews-Nicol-CIT (Mashburn Construction) Tia Hudson (Metcon), Virginia Davis-CIT (retired), Rhae Sutphin (Watts and Associates), and Nichole Kopenhaver-CIT (McCrory Construction).

NAWIC Chapter #113 welcomes new member Erin Parnell Porter

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Columbia, SC, January 10, 2017

NAWIC Chapter #113 welcomes its newest member, Erin Porter, PMP, P.E. engineer for HPG and Company, Consulting Engineers, Inc!

HPG and Company, Consulting Engineers, Inc is located in West Columbia and primary focus is civil and environmental work for local government. They continue to work on solving engineering problems for our clients including water, wastewater, storm water, roadways, site work and other related work.

 

NAWIC Chapter #113 Welcomes New Member Pamela Richards

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Columbia, SC, January 12, 2017

NAWIC Chapter #113 welcomes its newest member, Pamela Richards, Director of Membership: Columbia & Lowcountry for ABC Carolinas (Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc)!

We welcome our new business partner ABC Carolinas and look forward to learning more about Pamela!

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 72 chapters help members win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.

 

Columbia Chapter 113 has a new employer sponsor and a new member!

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Columbia, SC, November 18, 2016

Please join our chapter in welcoming our newest member, Jill Surface who is a Project Manager with Vulcraft South Carolina a division of Nucor! Her office is based in Lexington, SC and we look forward to learning more about Jill and Vulcraft.

Vulcraft Corporation was founded in 1946 in Florence, South Carolina as an industrial steel fabrication facility. In the fall of 1954, the company began manufacturing long and short span joists exclusively. Vulcraft – South Carolina became a member of the Steel Joists Institute in May 1959 and was subsequently purchased by Nuclear Corporation of America in September of 1962.

NAWIC Chapter 113 members participate in business fair for women-owned business and minority subcontractors

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North Charleston, SC, November 16, 2016

NAWIC Chapter 113 members (l to r) Brittany Grabski of Brownstone Construction Group and Susan Clary of Contract Construction participated in Charleston County School District’s (CCSD) Small-Women-Minority Business Fair informational session at Chicora Elementary School in North Charleston, SC, on November 16, 2016.

The event was facilitated by Brownstone Construction Group in conjunction with CCSD and Cumming Construction Management to give women-owned business enterprises, small and minority subcontractors a forum to interact with General Contractors and discover future opportunities.

 

NAWIC Chapter #113 promotes networking and mentoring among members

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Columbia, SC, November 10, 2016

NAWIC Chapter #113’s established initiative, “Buddy Lunch,” brought this fine group of ladies together for a meal and an enjoyable mid-day gathering at Za’s Brick Oven, located on Devine St., Columbia, SC.

NAWIC members pictured (l to r) include: Dana Jacobs, Sign-It-Quick; Christie Lee, Boyer Construction; Haley Ray, Haley Ray Pavement Marking; Nichole Kopenhaver, McCrory Construction; Tia Hudson, Metcon; and Susan Clary, Contract Construction.

Members discovered that they have a lot in common, are passionate about NAWIC, and genuinely care about helping each other succeed in their personal and professional development.

NAWIC Chapter #113 members present at Career Development Facilitator Networking Meeting at Midlands Technical College

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Columbia, SC, November 4, 2016

Members Nichole Kopenhaver, CIT and KC Fondaw of Chapter #113’s Career Awareness Committee were invited to attend a Career Development Facilitator Networking Meeting at Midlands Technical College, Harbison Campus. Nichole presented to the group of local county school career specialists on the structure, growing trends, careers within the construction industry and how educators can help encourage students to follow a path within the industry. Other presenters included: South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (Douglas O’Flaherty), Midlands REC update (Dr. Kaye Shaw), Richland Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Youth Services Div. (Deputy Steffany Boyd / Captain Harris).

NAWIC Chapter #113 members attend USC’s Ultimate Business Expo

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Columbia, SC, November 3, 2016 – Several NAWIC Chapter #113 members attended the Ultimate Business Expo for Small, Woman-Owned and Minority Contractors and Suppliers on November 3, 2016, from 7:30 to 2:00 at the Koger Center for the Arts. The event was sponsored by The University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Airports Coalition. Pictured are April Coleman, Precision Plumbing of Sandy Run, Inc., Tia Hudson, Metcon, and Susan Clary, Contract Construction, Inc. Other members who were in attendance include Haley Ray, Haley Ray Pavement Marking, and Brittany Grabski, Brownstone.

The University of South Carolina in conjunction with the SC Airports Coalition (Columbia, Charleston, Greenville-Spartanburg and Myrtle Beach), continued its initiative to provide informative networking and purchasing opportunities that will benefit all small and minority businesses in South Carolina. The Ultimate Business Expo included sessions to inform businesses of upcoming construction projects at the University of South Carolina and to provide information on upcoming opportunities with the South Carolina Airports.

The following information sessions were held:

View from the Top: An overview of upcoming Construction Projects and upcoming opportunities, USC Facilities/CM At-Risk Contractors; Perfecting Your Elevator Speech: TJ Watkins, Enterprise Holdings Joint Ventures, A Different Twist: Jill Myers, Hudson Group Bonding Is A Necessity: Joe Jackson, US DOT Mid-South Atlantic Region DBE and ACDBE Certification: Christina Johnson, SC Department of Transportation.