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USMCA Technology Day- Business Expo

Wednesday April 25, 2018
Ashyana Banquets,1620 75th Street Downers Grove, IL 60516

USMCA Technology Day | Proudly Powered by HP

Spend an afternoon learning construction technology best practices

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

1:00 p.m. – Registration Opens

1:30 pm – Program Begins

Includes learning sessions, networking time, exhibitor demos

6:00 pm - food and beverages!

Our program will be an open discussion between contracting firm panelists and all participants. Anyone on your team charged with implementation of construction technology will find this event beneficial. USMCA Technology Day powered by HP blends the perspective of general and specialty contractors during four 30-minute sessions. These topics are our roadmap, however, we welcome “detours and scenic roads” encountered during our open discussion.

Registration: USMCA Members - $25.00 Non-Members - $75.00

Lineup for USMCA Technology Day Powered by HP

Keynote Speaker to be announced.

  • BIM Coordination Meeting Panel Discussion: Moderated by Ron Perkins, President, Jobsite Tech Group
  • Jobsite Technology Panel Discussion: Moderated by Ron Perkins, President, Jobsite Tech Group
  • As-Builts to VR: uses for Laser Scanning and Virtual Realty
  • New Technologies in Cyber Security and Digital Media Marketing Panel Discussion: Moderated by Kenneth M. Webb, Sr. 

For more information contact Ashley Washington at

 847-852-5010 or

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February Business of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - February Business of the Month

 We’re proud to announce USMCA, February 2018 Business of the Month: Black Dog Corp.

Black Dog Corporation was founded in 2006 and is a petroleum distribution firm specializing in fuel, oils, lubricants, liquid asphalt, and recycled asphalt shingles(RAS).

Amit Gauri’s vision was to create and develop a competitive and innovative company that provides an overall petroleum management enterprise solution. Because of our high level of customer service, industry knowledge, and performance, Black Dog was able to thrive in the Chicagoland area. Amit and the Black Dog team currently serves municipalities, utilities, construction firms, and state and local governments.

Black Dog is sincerely grateful for such supportive groups like USMCA. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and your company to discuss your petroleum needs.

The USMCA is proud to honor our latest FEBRUARY 2018 Business of the MonthBlack Dog Corp.

You can contact Mr. Amit Gauri at 877-617-4104 or
Visit their website at:


January Business of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - January Business of the Month

We’re proud to announce USMCA, January 2018 Business of the Month: Brown and Momen, Inc. Mr. Ernest Brown is the president of Brown & Momen, Inc., which is a Chicago based firm specializing in Construction Management, General Contracting and Owner Representative Services.  Brown & Momen, Inc. was established in 1987 and has been involved in some of Chicago’s most recognized projects, including The State Street Mall Conversion, McCormick Place II, The New O’Hare Airport Runway Project and various University of Chicago and Public Buildings Commission Projects.Ernest is a graduate the University of Illinois, School of Architecture and Building Technology.
Through his employment with Hill International, a nationally recognized construction claims firm, Ernest is proficient in all facets of construction claims identification and prevention.  Ernest is also a past member of the National Organization of Professional Planners and schedulers. By mentoring and guidance, Ernest has built a solid team of long time Brown & Momen, Inc. employee’s with a successful operation for over 27 years.
The USMCA Board of Directors, entire membership and Strategic Partners proudly salute our USMCA member from  the renowned firm of Brown and Momen, Inc, as the  2018 Business MBE firm of the month for January 2018. Mr. Brown and his firm represent the quality of professional excellence in our construction and professional services industry that is worthy of emulation. Congratulation Ernest and "Team Brown and Momen, Inc."...keep being the pace setter that we know you are for years to come.  The USMCA is proud to honor our latest JANUARY 2018 Business of the Month, Brown and Momen, Inc.You can contact Mr. Ernest Brown at (773)493-3743or

Christmas Holiday Celebration

USMCA - News & Events - Christmas Holiday Celebration
The Grove Kitchen 795 W. Dundee RD. Palatine, IL

Hosted by the Northtown-Lake County Chapter Officers and Members.
  • Election of NEW National Board Members.
  • DJ, Cash Bar, Hot Hors d'oeuvres [appetizers], Dancing and Silent Auctions.
Members eat free! Non-Members must pay $25.00
Click here to register

2017 26th Annual Builders Awards

USMCA - News & Events - 2017 26th Annual Builders Awards
Wednesday November 8th, 2017
1620 75th Street, Downers Grove, IL

Our goal for this year's Dinner Banquet is to recognize key leadership in the fields of construction, business, and government sectors. We will be recognizing Industry Leaders in Construction, Engineering, and Professional Services. Both the Business Expo and Anniversary Awards Banquet are noted for tremendous networking opportunities. We encourage networking with these diverse multicultural and strategic community leaders.
We urge you to invite your suppliers and business associates to join you for this year's gala. Become a part of the 26th Annual Banquet & Expo by purchasing ad space in our Souvenir Booklet.

The United States Minority Contractors Association (USMCA) has launched the STEM Educational Foundation curriculum for underrepresented minority students attending Chicago-land schools. The STEM program will help inspire students to ask questions, identify challenges, probe new techniques and create solutions. Access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education is sorely needed throughout the United States.
The USMCA STEM program can help advance access in these fields in the targeted communities by utilizing the professional services and construction firms within the USMCA to offer opportunities that strengthen and guide local youth towards pursuing advanced degrees and careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields. The STEM Initiative is a 501C3 Organization.

We will be presenting three (3) scholarships to students who have been selected by the STEM Board of Directors. Students will be present at this years gala to receive the scholarships. 

Click here to register

November Business of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - November Business of the Month

 We’re proud to announce USMCA, November 2017 Business of the Month: U.S. Building Efficiency Solutions, Inc.

U.S. Building Efficiency Solutions Inc. (US-BES) was founded by Frank V. Gonzalez, a licensed architect in Illinois, New York and Florida. With 25 years of architectural experience, Frank has performed proficiently in a wide variety of architectural disciplines. His forward-thinking and progressive approach has led him to become a sought-out architectural consultant for landmark renovations and high performance building energy projects.

He established US-BES in response to the critical demand for structural investigation and sustainable repair design solutions to help restore America’s aging infrastructure stock.

US-BES is a Hispanic-owned firm that is certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) with the Cityof Chicago, Illinois Central Management Services, and the Chicago Minority Supplier  Development Council.

Frank is commissioner of the Hinsdale Preservation Commission, board member of the U.S. Minority Contractors Association (USMCA) and Vice President of the USMCA A/E Division. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), and a  Green Globes Professional (GGP).

October Business of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - October Business of the Month

Cube Hub is a Technology, Training, Staffing and Professional Services Company based in Chicago (western suburbs), IL. We have an experience in various industry verticals primarily in Staffing/Recruiting & SOW services. Our expertise include Staffing/Recruiting, Software Development and Projects in the areas of IT, Engineering, Professional, Marketing, Finance/Audit, Telecommunication, Healthcare, Clinical, Scientific, Office/Admin, etc. We provide unparalleled expertise on the  Full Cycle Recruiting Process. Our recruiters are an elite group of tech and creative professionals, innovators and leaders. We combine actual IT and engineering experience with recruiting expertise to offer top quality talent at the best rates. Cube Hub is proud to be a certified minority and women owned business offering services throughout the United States.

The USMCA is proud to honor our latest OCTOBER 2017 Business of the Month, Cube Hub, Inc.

You can contact Ms. Regina Robinson at 708-446-2592 or at

Why Entrepreneurial Training Institute?

By: Dr. Gale B. Frazier—National Dean
US Minority Contractors Association
For existing contractors and new start-up companies, a good working business plan is a must, and is essential to your company’s overall success and growth.  The business plan is the blueprint from which to work and plan. In fact, the business plan is the life’s source to the well-being of any prosperous business.  Without a plan, your business will not meet its maximum potential. As such, you must write the vision and make it plain; because a well-written business plan can distinguish your company from being simply mediocre to excellent. And in order to insure that your business stays on the right path, you must remember to review your business plan regularly for changes and modifications in scope, direction, vision or mission. 
Occasionally, you may need to revise the business plan as your company grows or changes directions.  For example, a company may start off as a landscaping contractor, but later add on other services; such as, excavation, concrete work or such like.  Conversely, the business may change from landscaping altogether to start a new venture.  Thus, the original business plan is no longer viable.
The Entrepreneurial Training Institute (ETI) of the US Minority Contractors Association (USMCA) offers entrepreneurship training—business plan development--which encompasses: financial literacy, legal matters, financial statements and a range of other modules—including estimating and bidding, minority certifications, and much more.  The ETI program provides classes with subject matter experts, distinguished sponsors who are ready to assist you in your business plan and financial readiness processes. It is an intensive 12 week program, meeting twice weekly that will serve your business interests well. The ETI program is an excellent start to the success of your business.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Gale B. Frazier—Dean
Pastor Larry Bullock—MPA-M.Div.
Pres. and CEO
US Minority Contractors Association

September Business of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - September Business of the Month

We’re proud to announce USMCA, September 2017 Business of the Month: REEF Services of Illinois.

About REEF Services of Illinois
REEF Services of Illinois is a class D general contractor firm
registered in the state of Illinois since November 2014 with
our main office located in 1017 N Paulina St. Chicago, IL.
Their firm specializes in commercial construction services,
including architectural design, facade inspections, critical
repairs, concrete maintenance, water proofing of horizontal
and vertical structures. 

They pride themselves in delivering the best service to all their
clients, their flexibility and commitment to create a great
business experience has allowed them to establish a reputable
name with all their valued clients. They believe in building  their
future together involving the whole community, the REEF Services of Illinois team
includes a diverse group of professionals from minority
groups to enhance our participation in the construction
industry in the state of Illinois. 

Services Include (but not limited to)
-General Construction
-Critical Repairs
-Facade Inspections
-Project Management
-Concrete Maintenance
-Water Proofing
-Tuck Pointing
-and much more

The USMCA is proud to honor our latest SEPTEMBER 2017 Business of the Month, REEF Services of Illinois.

You can contact Mr. Mario Diaz at
or call 317-400-9968

August Business of the month

USMCA - News & Events - August Business of the month

 We’re proud to announce USMCA, August 2017 Business of the Month: Steiner Security Services, Inc.

Ms. Vivian McGrew has over 20 years experience in the contract security industry and grew from officer to manager. Learning the ropes and industry needs and practices from the ground up; this sparked a desire to structure and own her own company and brand.

In 2003 Steiner Security Services was birthed and launched. Today, Steiner Security Services employs over 200 employees and services over 35 clients, big and small; in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs which include city, county and federal contracts.

Vivian is a graduate of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program of Entrepreneurship, and Benedict University. Vivian is currently serving as a National Board Member of USMCA; also holding position as Chairperson of the Southland/Indian Chapter of USMCA.  

Vivian holds the following credentials: SBA(8a), WBE, MBE, DBE, BEO, WOSP and ACDBE-just to name a few. She has been featured as one of the moderators for the SBA (8a) Small Business Conference regarding Best Practices for 8(a) participants.

Vivian and Steiner Security Services, Inc. are always reinventing itself to remain relevant and responsive to clients needs, changing environment, and company growth.

The USMCA is proud to honor our latest AUGUST 2017 Business of the Month, Steiner Security Services, Inc.
You can contact Ms. Vivian McGrew at
or call 708-424-8200

2017 July Business of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - 2017 July Business of the Month

 We’re proud to announce USMCA, July 2017 Member of the month: ASERET DEVELOPMENT SERIES LLC, “May I Make a Suggestion?”

Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson is founder and president of Aseret (TERESA spelled backwards) Development Series LLC, located in Westchester, Illinois.

Becoming an Entrepreneur and starting her own business was always at the forefront of Teresa’s mind. The inspiration came from watching her mom, a single parent, struggle successfully to raise four children on $300 month. Teresa gleaned from that example that if she worked hard, she could accomplish whatever she desired. With that conviction she decided to go back to school and amazingly, received not just one degree but four: An Associate’s Degree in accounting from Triton College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from DeVry Institute of Technology, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Business, and an Associate’s Degree in Kitchen and Bath Design from the Art Institute of Technology. 

In 2007, Teresa established Aseret Development to provide general contracting and construction management services throughout the Chicagoland area. And today, she stands at the helm of one of Illinois’
fastest growing minority-owned construction companies founded and
operated by a woman. Teresa has become an extraordinary woman,
serving the U.S. Minority Contractors Association in three capacities:
National Board Secretary, Chairwoman of the West Town Chapter, and Chairwoman of the Manpower Committee. She is the first minority woman to graduate from the Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Training Program, May 2017. Her motto is to “Never Stop Learning”.

The USMCA is proud to honor our latest JULY 2017 Business of the month, Aseret Development, LLC. 

You can contact Ms. Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson at
at E:

2017 June Member of the Month

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

Pictured Left to Right: Mr. Jim Cesak, President/CEO, Tal-Mar Custom Metal Fabricators, Inc. and Mr. Al Brach, Project Manager, Tal-Mar Custom Metal Fabricators, Inc. 

USMCA is proud to announce the JUNE 2017 Member of the Month, 
Tal-Mar Custom Metal Fabricators, Inc.

 Jim Cesak is the President of Tal-Mar Custom Metal Fabricators, Inc., located in Crestwood, IL.  Tal-Mar was established in 1997 by Jim and his partners. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Tal-Mar.  

Jim graduated from Gage Park High School in 1971.  He became a sheet metal apprentice and attended Washburne Trade School.  Once he completed trade school, Jim went to work for Peerless Metal Products in Bridgeview, IL and remained an employee there until the founding of Tal-Mar.  

Tal-Mar is signatory with four unions:  

  • Automobile Mechanics Local 701
  • Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Local 1693
  • International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 17
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 73, which Jim is still a member of. 

Tal-Mar can do any custom metal fabrication project. No project is too big or too small. Experience, combined with the range of metal fabrication services provided under one roof, saves both time and money while providing quality service. 

Tal-Mar’s expertise in stainless steel fabrications, as well as carbon steel, galvanized and aluminum, allows them to serve a broad range of industries.  They service food processing, pharmaceutical, chemical, printing, carton industries and much more.  Tal-Mar’s experienced designers, layout men, welders, machinists, field representatives and installation crews ensure a quality job every time.  

A recent project completed by Tal-Mar was the fabrication and installation of handicap accessible boat ramps at Navy Pier.  They also fabricated and installed the benches and bike ramps at Navy Pier.  

Tal-Mar is a full-service company for fabrication and maintenance needs. Their services include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Air Pollution Control Systems
  • Bag Dump Stations
  • Bins
  • Blow Pipe Systems, Complete
  • Blower Wheel/Housing Repair
  • Boiler Breechings (Heavy gauge)
  • Bumper Guards (For fork trucks)
  • Carton Trim Lines
  • Catwalks (Ladders, platforms)
  • Chutes
  • Concrete Forms
  • Cones
  • Conveyors (Belt, pneumatic, screw)
  • Curtain Wall (Dust, heat fumes)
  • Cyclones (All welded, any gauge)
  • Cylinders (Rolled up to 5' long)
  • Dampers (Heavy gauge, custom)
  • Diamondback ® Hoppers
  • Elbows (3, 4, 5 gore, long radius)
  • Enclosures (Fume, dust, particulate) Fume Scrubbers
  • Floor Sweeps (For scrap removal)
  • Guards (Machine, belt, drive)
  • Hoppers (Dust, particulates, etc.)
  • HVAC Work (Commercial and industrial)
  • Incinerators (Build, repair)
  • Ladders & Ladder Guards (per OSHA)
  • Machining (Piece parts or special machinery)
  • Makeup Air Systems (Industrial/Commercial)
  • Ovens (Repair, rebuild, Install)
  • Pans (Drip, catch, oil, dust)
  • Pipe (18 gauge & heavier-all welded)
  • Platforms (Per OSHA)
  • Press Brake Forming (To 1/4" thick)
  • Process Duct Systems
  • Railings (For industrial platforms)
  • Shafts (Including keyways-any diameter/length)
  • Stacks (Any size shape or material)
  • Saddle Taps, Tees (To fit existing trunk lines)
  • Scrap & Trim Collection Systems
  • Tanks (Many of them stainless)
  • Tapers
  • Valves (Diverters, gates)
  • Ventilation Work (Industrial and commercial)
  • Vessels (All types & sizes)

You can contact Mr. Jim Cesak at T:(708)371-0333 or at E:

The USMCA is proud to honor our latest JUNE 2017 Member of the month, Tal-Mar Custom Metal Fabricators, Inc.

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 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.