News & Events

2017 May Member of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - 2017 May Member of the Month

JinJa Birkenbeuel is the Chief Executive Officer of Birk Creative, a digital and WEB/IT agency that provides strategic social media, branding, full service advertising, media buying and information technology, web and search engine optimization (SEO) solutions for Fortune 500 and public sector customers in diverse industries like technology, transit, tourism, education, healthcare and traditional and renewable energy. 

JinJa's unique ability to spark fresh ideas for her customer's brands comes from the vibrant conversation and intimate client engagement she employs during a collaborative discovery process.

Driven by her desire to innovate and stay creative, JinJa has become a highly trusted advisor and brand consultant to customers like Google Inc., NextLevel Health, Ericsson, AECOM, SolarCity/Tesla, Commonwealth Edison, Broward County Public Schools, Oakland Unified School District, YWCA Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority and Navy Pier, Inc.

Birk Creative customers expect and are provided agility, positive energy, amplified conversation, measurable strategies and outstanding customer service.

Birk Creative is also an official digital coach for Google, Inc.
Google’s digital coaches are trusted community and business leaders in
nine U.S. metropolitan areas with large populations that are currently
under-represented online (e.g., Black, Latinx). They are proven online
marketing experts who use Google tools to achieve measurable growth.
Birk Creative will be sharing knowledge and experience on how building
a strong online presence can drive economic impact. Throughout 2017,
Birk Creative will host free digital business coaching sessions for
members of the U.S Minority Contractors Association.

You can contact Ms. JinJa Birkenbeuel at E: 

2017 April Member of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - 2017 April Member of the Month

Ananias Granger Jr. is the President/CEO and founder of A&D Property Services (A&D), the largest black-owned property preservation company in the nation.   A&D was founded by Ananias Granger Jr. in 1992.  The company started with Ananias cutting 13 lawns from a 1983 Toyota Corolla.   Twenty years later, A&D Property Services is now a full service property preservation and maintenance company with a strong local presence.  Property preservation is the process of securing, maintaining, and preserving foreclosed and vacant properties.

Foreclosures have devastating effects on communities and create a devastating cycle of economic and social disparity.  Foreclosures also create neighborhood blight, havens for criminal activities, and safety hazards for public servants and the community at large.  A&D Property Services unique approach to property preservation creates a model for neighborhood stabilization and recovery which directly counteracts the foreclosure phenomenon.   Jobs are created, homes are preserved, and neighborhoods are made safer through A&D’s efforts.

Through Ananias’s leadership, A&D Property Services has an exceptional record of training and employing members of our community from all walks of life, including individuals that would have difficulty finding employment opportunities.  Ananias’s mission is to continue to train, provide jobs, create business opportunities, support & develop existing local and minority owed business in his industry.

You can contact Mr. Ananias Granger, Jr. at T:(773) 933-7840 or E:

2017 March Member of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - 2017 March Member of the Month

U.S. Architectural Glass & Metal, Inc.
Mr. Ernest Edwards, President/CEO

Established in 2000 by Ernest Edwards, President/CEO as a full service Glass and Miscellaneous Ornamental Metal contractor, U.S. Architectural Glass & Metal, Inc. employ experts with the years
of experience, and who are trained in the latest techniques and equipped with the skills sets needed to offer you a “Total Solution” for your glazing and miscellaneous and ornamental metal projects. At U.S. Architectural Glass & Metal, their goal is to meet all construction, renovation or repair needs with utmost professionalism; while ensuring quality workmanship and completion in a timely manner.

 Curtain Wall Systems
 Storefront Systems
 Plate Glass
 Insulated Glass
 Laminated Safety Glass
 Tempered Safety Glass
 Bullet Resistant Glass
 Mirrored Walls
 Blast Resistant
 Interior Glass
 Walk Way Covers and Canopies
 Skylights
 Miscellaneous Metal (Stairs, Hand & Guard Rails, etc.)
 Column Covers
 Bollards

 City of Chicago – MBE/DBE
 Illinois Unified Certification Program – ILUCP – DBE
 Illinois Department of Central Management Services – DBE
 Capital Development Board – DBE
 Chicago Minority Business Development Council – DBE

 Architectural Ornamental Ironworkers (63)
 Glaziers (27)
 Carpenters (54)
 Sheet Metal (73)

Capital Cement - $3,600,000 – Year 2016
Project: Central Loop Bus Rapid Transit
Job Description: Glass Canopies, Glass Wind Screens

Clayco - $1,703,335 – Year 2016
Project: U of C Campus West CCD Parking Garage
Job Description: Kinetic Walls, Stair Rails
You can contact Mr. Ernest Edwards at T:(630)323-4050 or 

ETI 3.0 Graduation

USMCA - News & Events - ETI 3.0 Graduation

ETI 3.0 Graduation Ceremony is taking place

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 between 6:PM-8:PM,
9700 West Higgins Road, Rosemont, Illinois
[Wintrust Financial Corporate Headquarters, 2nd Floor Hall]

The ETI Grads go as follows:

2016 25th Annual Builders Awards & Business Expo

USMCA - News & Events - 2016 25th Annual Builders Awards & Business Expo
Thursday November 10th, 2016
1170 W. Devon Ave. Elk Grove Village, IL

Dear USMCA Member/Associate/Exhibitors/Guest,                                  
The United States Minority Contractors Association (USMCA) invites you to be a part of  this year's gala. Over three BILLION dollars of Illinois business is managed by this year’s participants at:
The 25th Annual Millennium Awards Banquet  and The Waves of the Future Business Expo 
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Our goal for this year's Dinner Banquet is to recognize key leadership in the fields of construction, business, and government sectors. We acknowledge the results achieved by great male and female leaders as we celebrate their outstanding accomplishments throughout Chicagoland. We also encourage networking with these diverse multicultural and strategic community leaders.

The Waves of the Future Business Expo- CONNECT. EMPOWER. GROW.

Our objectives and goals for the USMCA Business Expo are to:

  • Connect with businesses that can help further our Members' success through new innovative technology.
  •  Empower entrepreneurs that are in business or those looking to start a business.
  •  Grow the participants business by staying abreast of the opportunities available, and increase their revenue by at least 50%.

On behalf of the United States Minority Contractors Association (USMCA), we thank you in advance for all of your support and encouragement in making this event an outstanding success. I hope to see you personally, so we can get to know each other better, and chart a future together building successful entrepreneurs.
USMCA Business Expo & Banquet Committee


2016 USMCA Annual Golf Outing - Makray Memorial

USMCA - News & Events - 2016 USMCA Annual Golf Outing - Makray Memorial

The 2nd Annual Golf Outing was a success, we would like to thank everyone who participated!

We look forward to seeing you all at our Annual Millennium Builder Awards Banquet on Thursday November 10th at The Belvedere 1170 W. Devon Ave. Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 

Rivetna Architects:Millenium Builders: Architecture Firm of the Year Award

USMCA - News & Events - Rivetna Architects:Millenium Builders: Architecture Firm of the Year Award

Rivetna Architects was recently awarded the "Millenium Builders: Architecture Firm of the Year" Award by the USMCA, Pastor Bullock.

Cyrus Rivetna, AIA, the founder and principal of Rivetna Architects, is both creative and practical. He is the recipient of the prestigious American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Award; a published and exhibited photographer; and an expert on ancient Zoroastrian fire temples, witness a recent interview for a CBS documentary. Much of his professional formation happened during his “Doshi Years”, a two-year stint as senior architect at Sangath (India) at the office of iconic architect Shri Balkrishna Doshi who worked with Le Corbusier in Paris and who returned to Ahmedabad to supervise Le Corbusier’s projects. Those “Doshi Years” were the crucible where the ancient architectural idiom of the east fused with the process and technology of the west, creating what would become the focus of Rivetna Architects: producing quality architecture which satisfies both the spirit and the practical.