RISE UP to Help Startup Construction Companies

10 Startup Construction Companies Will Be Selected for Transformational Program! The application period is now open.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a quarter of construction companies fail in their first year, and after five years, only one third remain open. These startup businesses play a vital role in construction and the industry benefits when they are a knowledgeable and competent part of project teams.

The Construction Exchange RISE UP Initiative will provide 10 startup construction companies with the resources they need to grow and increase their chances of long-term success. To promote increased participation of underrepresented communities in the construction industry, MWBE companies are encouraged to apply.

Through this initiative, the 10 companies will receive access to project information, education, mentorship, and will build relationships under the guidance of experienced industry professionals. There will be no cost for companies to participate.

The program length is one year and culminates in a graduation ceremony with recognition from the Construction Exchange board of governors.

Construction companies in business five years or less are eligible to apply. Email completed applications with supporting documentation to jbenedict@conexbuff.com by April 16, 2021.

Click here for the application.
Click here for the program overview.

RISE UP Mentors
Omar Abdallah, DV Brown & Associates
Frank Ciminelli, Arc Building Partners
Doug Elia, Montante Construction
Carley Hill, CaHill Resources
Tracy Hirsch, Trason Development
Susanne Kelley, Sienna Environmental
Joe Mannarino, Buffalo Construction Consultants
Jim Panepinto, Pinto Construction
Tom Saia, Iroquois Bar
Sal Sciandra, Frey Electric
Matt Sikora, Turner

RISE UP Support Professionals
Joe Brennan, S&T Bank
Mike Welch, Evans Bank

Dan Sarzynski, Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham
Drew Miller, Webster Szanyi
Liz Kraengel, Duke Holzman Photiadis & Gresens
Florina Altshiler, Russo & Gould

Rob Coppola, Lawley
Michael Ross, Lawley

Jack Dumpert, BondEd
Jason Reid, M&T Insurance
Andy Tokasz, USI Insurance Services
Brad Hall, Lawley
Tim Toole, Lawley
Andrew Bell, Chubb Insurance
Claudette Lawson, Liberty Mutual

Sean Umlauft, Tronconi Segarra & Associates
Kelly Besaw, Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner
Mindy Elniski, LVBW
Patrick Garvin, The Bonadio Group

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