The "Basics" Construction Program

The Associated General Contractors of America & Bexar County Small Business & Entrepreneurship Department The "Basics" of Construction Training Program is designed to assist small business contractors in understanding the basic elements of running a commercial construction business.

Presented by Associated General Contractors Association - San Antonio Chapter and Bexar County, the "Basics" class is a ten-session educational program designed to assist small, minority, and women-owned construction businesses. The sessions included elements of running a successful construction business, project scheduling, financial management and understanding contracts. Liens, estimating, project management, safety, business development, insurance and bonds were other important topics that were covered.

The material focuses on both technical and administrative skills, with a special emphasis on how to do business with Bexar County. It is a ten week class that is designed to be informative, educational, and above all, provide an opportunity to interact with industry peers.

Registration NOW OPEN

All regular session times: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Deadline for applications: March 20, 2024
Limited Seating: REGISTER NOW!

Fee: $175 tuition PER PERSON, refundable with satisfactory attendance requirement

The nationally recognized "Basics" Class is for company owners interested in the basic elements of running commercial construction business.

It has produced 272 graduates since its inception in 2005

Deadline for applications: March 20, 2024
Limited Seating: REGISTER NOW!


This course is a pre-requisite for consideration for the Bexar County/AGC Mentor Protege Program

Protege's will be selected matching the Mentors in February 2025

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SESSION ONE (APRIL 2)
Instructor: Ryan Aalsma, Skanska USA
Elements of Running a Successful Construction Business
(An overview of the next nine sessions)

  • Characteristics
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Understanding the Planning Process
  • Hot Topics and Future Trends

SESSION TWO (APRIL 9)
Instructors: Jay Farwell/Stephanie O’Rourke, 

Cokinos|Young
Understanding Contracts

  • Contract Formation & Use of Standard
  • Form Documents
    Payment Clauses
  • Changes Clauses
  • “No damage for delay" Clauses
  • Indemnification Provisions
  • Dispute Resolution Clauses

SESSION THREE (APRIL 16)
Instructor: Richard McSwain, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
Liens: How to Get Paid

  • The Property Code Chapter 53
  • The Government Code Chapter 2253
  • The Miller Act

SESSION FOUR (APRIL 30)
Instructor: Andrew Chaudoir, JOERIS General

Contractors
Bidding & Estimating

  • Information sources of projects to be bid
  • Project tracking
  • Decision to bid project
  • Estimating the project

SESSION FIVE (MAY 7)
Instructor: Jose Ramirez, Skanska USA
Project Scheduling

  • Why schedule?
  • Key requirements common to schedules
  • Building the schedule
  • Updating the schedule
  • Modifying the schedule
  • Record Keeping

SESSION SIX (MAY 14)
Instructor: Jody Mokry,

Nunnelly General Contractors
Project Management

  • What is Project Management?
  • What are the advantages of 
    project Management?
  • Steps of Project Management

SESSION SEVEN (MAY 21)
Instructor: Sean Moran, Turner Construction
Safety & Health

  • Management Commitment and Leadership
  • Assignment of Responsibility
  • Identification and Control of Hazards
  • Training and Education
  • Record Keeping and Hazard Analysis
  • First Aid and Medical Assistance

SESSION EIGHT (MAY 28)
Instructor: Tom Wright, E-Z Bel Construction
Financial Management and Job Costing

  • Accounting & Cost Control
  • Financial Statements
  • Cash Flow
  • Working Capital
  • Job Costing (a case study)

SESSION NINE (JUNE 4)
Instructor: Paul Poettgen,

HCDT Insurance Agency
Insurance & Bonds

  • Meeting Insurance Requirements
  • Workers Compensation
  • Understanding the Basic Concept of Bonding
  • Steps to Securing a Bond

SESSION TEN (JUNE 11)
Instructor: Blaine Beckman,

Nunnelly General Contractors
Marketing/Business Development

  • Understanding the Marketing and
    Planning Process
  • Developing and Implementing Your Marketing Strategy
  • Marketing Tools, Tips and Techniques
  • Networking

 

Graduation
Successful participants will receive a certificate and reimbursement.