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STEM Virtual Award Ceremony

USMCA - News & Events - STEM Virtual Award Ceremony

We currently have 15+ applicants who qualify for our scholarship. With your help, we can continue to give out scholarships to at risk youth who are focusing their studies in STEM related fields as well as trade school students. We will be hosting a Virtual STEM Scholarship Award Ceremony on Wednesday November 11th, 2020 at 5:30pm. Each student will give an acceptance speech and a sincere thank to you to all of our benefactors. Please register via the links below to save the date!

Please join us via ZOOM us as we honor 15+ STEM Scholars who have excelled in their academic careers and have been selected for the 2020 Scholarship Awards! Dress your best, pour yourself a glass of wine and help us celebrate these outstanding young men and women!

You can also make checks payable to:

USMCA STEM Education Foundation1250 South Grove Avenue, Suite 200, Barrington, IL 60010



Education Partnerships

Grade: K-12

USMCA is partnering with select elementary, middle and high schools tointroduce STEM career paths. Programming will include workshops, case studies, problem solving exercises, lab experiments, project tours and one-on-one speed coaching events.


Grade: 9-12

Mentorship is one of the most important tools for professional development and has been linked to greater productivity, career advancement, and professional satisfaction. The USMCA recognizes that mentorship is critical in helping to develop and grow future leaders. The USMCA Mentorship Program provides students with the opportunity to select and work with a mentor that matches their educational and professional goals.

Once paired, the mentor will work directly with the student to provide a personalized program which matches the specifc needs of the student.


Internships are available for those that have graduated from high school and are interested in a STEM related career. USMCA member and partner firms will select qualified applicants for winter break (2-4 weeks) and summer (2-3 month) internships.

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Member of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - Member of the Month

USMCA is proud to announce the August 2020 Member of the Month,
DWG Consulting Group

DeRonda Williams, President/CEO,
DWG Consulting Group
Company Overview
DGW Consulting Group (DGWCG) is a national executive recruiting and consulting firm in the Chicago area. In executive recruiting, we partner with clients to understand their culture, as well as the competencies and outcomes for prospective leadership roles,  By designing a rigorous process to identify and build a diverse pool of top-caliber candidates, we have successfully recruited a large range of leadership positions including Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Directors and other senior roles.  The company also provides project management services to support organizations implement strategic initiatives.  
DGWCG is a certified minority business enterprise (MBE) with the City of Chicago, and an 8(a) company.   Our company is a member of the following organizations: Society of HR Management (SHRM), National Association of Black MBAs (NBMBAA), Education Leaders of Color (EdLoc), Chicago Black Business Network, CFO Network, Minorities in Leadership in Education, Chicago Booth Alumni Network, Northwestern University Black Alumni Association (NUBBA), Pahara-Aspen Institute, and U.S. Minority Contractors Association (USMCA)
Value Proposition
  • Experts at recruiting high-caliber diverse senior executives
  • Focus areas are finance and operations placements and strategic HR consulting
  • Provides Federal agencies with concrete strategies and best practices to recruit, hire, include, develop, retain, engage and motivate a diverse, results-oriented, high-performing workforce
  • Supports Executive Order 13583 - Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce
  • Assists with implementation of government-wide inclusive diversity strategic plans
 We strongly encourage all members to connect with DWG Consulting Group.


DeRonda Williams, CEO
DGW Consulting Group | 847-226-5741
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Member of the Month

Calvin E. Williams, President/CEO,
Construction Consulting Services, Inc.
"We salute you and the firm for your continued excellence in the Construction Industry".
-Rev. Larry S. Bullock,  MPA/MDiv
  • Offer construction management and consulting services for small-build and commercial projects in the Chicago area.
  •  Currently designing & budgeting an addition for a private residence valued at $105k
  •  Currently completing the renovation of a 12,000sf banquet facility and restaurant valued at $170k
  •  Completed the renovation of a private residential basement with high end finishes valued at $48k
  •  Completed the renovation of a 1200sf turkey restaurant in Chicago valued at $65K
  •  Successfully completed demolition and build-out of 5,000sf Salon, Spa & Cafe valued at $140K.
  •  Completed renovation of residential basement of 1,200sf valued at $25K.
  •  Completed renovation of residential six (6) unit building, total restoration valued at $630K
  •  Provided consultation and strategic planning services for several subcontractors over a six month period.
  •  Solicit contractors, review contracts, and oversee document control, Requests for Information (RFI), evaluation and
  • negotiation, inspections, and quality assurance.
  •  Identify project purpose, determine external/internal issues, assess goals, and set project benchmarks.
  •  Use construction documents to provide clients with detailed quantity takeoffs and pricing from a construction project's
  • conception phase to closeout.
We strongly encourage all members to connect with Construction Consulting Services Inc. 



Member of the Month

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Trinal, Inc. (“Trinal”) is a full-service diversity and labor compliance consulting and management company offering both professional and technical services to clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the areas of project management, procurement, community outreach, affirmative action, economic development, vendor/supplier/distributor/buyer expos, and software design and development for affirmation action programs. Trinal was incorporated in the State of Illinois on October 31, 1997 and is located at 444 W. Lake Street, Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois 60606. MRS. GARCIA-ABNER Trinal’s President/CEO and sole owner, Alicia Garcia-Abner, was formerly the Director of Contracts Management for the Chicago Public Schools, as well as a Contract Negotiator and later the Director of MBE/WBE/DBE Certification for the City of Chicago.

Trinal is certified with the City of Chicago as a Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“MBE/WBE/DBE”) and with the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council (“CMSDC”) as a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise. Additionally, Trinal is certified by Central Management Services in the State of Illinois and as a Minority and Female-Owned Business Enterprise (“MFBE”) and as an Illinois-Based Small Business and is certified by the SBA as Women-Owned Small Business (“WOSB”).

Trinal has developed, facilitated, monitored, and reported on billions of dollars in construction- related projects over the years. Trinal is currently engaged by a number of public and private sector clients as a consultant in the areas of procurement, economic development, vendor/community outreach, and workforce hiring-related programs, which include the monitoring and reporting of MBE, WBE, and DBE spend and contractors’ adherence to minority and women workforce, local residency, and prevailing and/or Davis-Bacon wage requirements.


Member of the Month

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POSTPONED- 3rd Annual USMCA Construction Tech Day Fundraiser

USMCA - News & Events - POSTPONED- 3rd Annual USMCA Construction Tech Day Fundraiser
Thursday, April 9th, 2020
Café La Cave Banquet Facility, 2777 Mannheim Road Des Plaines, IL 60018

This year’s Theme: “Transformative Technologies in the Construction Industry” seeks to capture the newest digital design, construction and information technology tools in the construction industry. As in the past, this year’s conference is organized and sponsored by the United States Minority Contractors Association (USMCA), Architectural Engineering and Technology Division along with the STEM Education Foundation (501C3). Engineering and construction firms seem to find themselves constantly trying to navigate through transformative changes driven by technology. AEC firms will find the conference structured to meet their needs through a renown keynote speaker, distinguished panelists and industry leading exhibitors.

Thursday, April 9th, 2020
  • Registration opens at 8:00 AM
  • 9:00 AM Program Begins
  • 3:00 PM-5:00 PM Networking\Cocktail Hour (Exhibitor Space open)

  • Legal Implications of Tech in Construction Project Site Technology
  • Meeting Your Diversity Goals in an Evolving Technology Industry
  • Cybersecurity Technology/Digital Techniques for Brand Protection
  • Reality Capture
  • Leveraging Multiple Technologies to Create Great Projects
  • Reality Capture, Project Software for the Field, Tech for Safety, AR-VR and Everything in Between
  • Tech in Your Construction Business, MBE Diversity, and More!

Register Now!

Member of the Month

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“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” — Harold S. Geneen.

Joanna is the Founder and CEO of Guepard Group, Corp. Woman owned construction firm. She is versatile, results-oriented, Entrepreneur Construction professional with over 25 years outstanding ability to direct contraction operations including architecture/interior design, operations/ analytics, project controls, quality assurance, craft supervision, material expediting, and all other project administration including planning, scheduling, health and safety programs, purchase agreements and contract administration. Her area of experience include: commercial interiors, multi-family, condo and mixed-use developments, public works and ground-up luxury homes.
Joanna continued her formal education at Loyola University in Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Marketing with a minor in Political Science; followed by Associate’s degree in Interior Design at Harrington College of Design in Chicago, where she participated in studies abroad in Italy. Currently, Joanna is perusing a Master’s of Science at McCormick School of Engineering in Northwestern University, Evanston in a program: Executive Management for Design and Construction.
Joanna’s Accomplishments are not limited to Golden Alumni Association for Loyola University 2015;  National Leadership Award, Honorary Chairman of Business Advisory Council;  Who is Who in Executives and Professionals in 2000. She has published two editorials in Chicago Home book 5th & 6th edition. Most notable project to date is the 38 unit condo development in the City of Chicago that was featured on the program “What you get for the Money” in Chicago for $200,000 and this project was also featured in Cavalcade of Homes for the City of Chicago. Provided affordable housing through CPAN project in Chicago and Community Lake Partners in Lake County.
Activities that are near Joanna’s heart are USMCA - U.S. Minority Contractor Association, Board Member of the Northland Chapter and REIED; Women Business Development Center; BuiltWorlds - Industry platform. Also, Joanna is an assistant coach and founder of non-for-profit soccer club for boys 9-11 year old boys, Guepard Football Club.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence than, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Will Duran (Not Aristotle)

Guepard Group, Corp.
Construction Firm 
WBE for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. 
HUD- U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Section 3

117 S. Cook Street, Suite 117, Barrington, IL 60010
O|F: 847.387.3518|C: 224.723.3988 |


The USMCA is proud to honor our latest January 2020 Member of the month, Guepard Group, Corp.

Member of the Month

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R.E.A. Masonry, LLC was founded in 2016 by Chicago native and owner Richard
Ates. Richard is a 19 year member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
Local 21. R.E.A. Masonry, LLC is a licensed, bonded, and insured contractor
servicing the Chicagoland and surrounding areas. R.E.A. Masonry, LLC is a MBE
and DBE Certified firm holding certifications with various municipalities and
agencies. We are Signatory with both The Bricklayers and Tuck-Pointers Unions,
R.E.A. Masonry, LLC is on the move. We specialize in residential, commercial, and
restorative masonry. Whether it’s lintel replacements, chimney repair, or a new
structure R.E.A. Masonry, LLC can deliver.

1. CTA Greenline Historic Restoration Project: Walsh Construction
2. Cook County Hospital Redevelopment: Walsh Construction
3. O’Hare Airport American Airlines FP Project: F.H. Paschen

1. Guaranteed Rate Field: Exterior Facade Cleaning
2. UIC Cloisters Project: Facade Restoration (Stone
Removal and Installation): University of Chicago
3. CHA Las America Apartments: Interior Masonry
Demo and Rebuild: Chicago Housing Authority
4. Lafayette Steel: Interior CMU Demo and Lintel Installation: GMA Construction
5. CPS JOC Program: Infinity High School, Claremont High School: F.H. Paschen

NAICS: 238140, NIGP: 91455 , CAGE: 7VGRO

Interior & Exterior Inspections
Tuck Pointing
Brick Repair and Replacement
Stone Repair and Replacement
Parapet Demo & Rebuild
Lintel Repair and Replacement
Chimney Repair & Rebuild
New Brick Walls
New CMU Walls
Brick Veneer

R.E.A. Masonry, LLC
8401 S. Peoria St
Chicago IL, 60620

Technical Assistance Powered by the Illinois Tollway

USMCA - News & Events - Technical Assistance Powered by the Illinois Tollway


Participants will receive comprehensive, customized
business development assistance to build financial
understanding and business plans for increased
stability and growth in the transportation-related
construction industry. Services are customized to
the assessed strengths, challenges and needs of
participating firms. This includes education, guidance
and feedback on general business and constructionspecific operations, including strategic planning
and assistance with the Illinois Department of
Transportation (IDOT) pre-qualification application.
Programs are either self-paced (participants
determine how quickly the program is completed)
or cohort-based (a group setting that invites a
collaborative learning environment).