I officially opened the doors of my business, The Art of Concrete, in October of 2017. Our business is focused on creating a new canvas for decorative concrete as a medium for commercial construction, so I knew it would be important to have the proper certifications to bid on larger projects.
Immediately after registering my business, I began the paperwork and filing for Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Minority/Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) and Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE) certifications with the City and County of Denver.
My first appointment with Danny, a Business Consultant for Mi Casa Resource Center, was in June 2018. In that first meeting we discussed the state of my business and our future outlook. Several of the projects we discussed turned into actual contracts, thanks to the advice I received at Mi Casa. One of note is a $525K contract for a major construction company. It would have been an even higher contract if we had been able to bond a larger job.
As part of our business strategy to build our capacity, I met with a Mi Casa Business Consultant again in November 2018 to celebrate the victories of the past year and dive into a SWOT analysis in order to continue the momentum. Since my meeting with Mi Casa in November I explored the 8a Business Development program through the U.S. Small Business Administration and have become self-certified through the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) programs.
All of these certifications, especially the City and County of Denver certifications, have already helped us immensely. The Art of Concrete is currently working on projects at the Denver Federal Center, Denver Zoo, and 38th & Holly Detention Pond because of our certifications.