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Florida Chapter Launch

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December 8th


USMCA is proud to announce the expansion in the state of Florida. Join us Thursday, December 8th, to discuss how USMCA offers new and exciting benefits for minority contractors.


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Are you interested in attending Chicago Build Expo (Oct 13-14), the Midwest's largest construction, design and real estate show?

Join thousands of AEC industry leaders as we take over the McCormick Place next week with more conference stages, networking parties, and live entertainment than ever before.

Register for your no-cost tickets today!


31st Annual USMCA Millennium Builders Awards Banquet

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31st Annual USMCA Millennium Builders Awards Banquet to be held on November 10, 2022, at Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, IL.


July Member of the Month

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Cross Rhodes Print & Technologies, Elmer Rhodes PRESIDENT | CEO

USMCA Veteran's Division MemberCross Rhodes Print & Technologies is a reprographic company built on the assumption that there is an intrinsic value, personal reward and financial reward in producing tangible products and services that offer customers more value than they expect to receive. We, meaning each employee of Cross Rhodes, succeed because our customers succeed. We are part of a much larger community to which we are compelled to act responsibly. We act responsibly when we help protect our environment, provide economic opportunity fairly, work safely, and consider the person in all our business affairs.Company OverviewCross Rhodes Print & Technologies has the expertise to help drive your traditional business needs from trade show, point of purchase, print on demand, direct mail campaign, brochures, online innovative outdoor graphic solutions to professional services such as project notification, online plan room, document management platforms and workforce monitoring solutions, all in-house, for cost-effective, fast and efficient turnaround.

Traditional Services
➢ Small Format B&W and Color – Digital
➢ Litigation Document Copies
➢ Binding
➢ Pocket Laminations
➢ Large Format B&W and Color – Copying
➢ Large Format B&W and Color – Digital
➢ Reductions & Enlargements
➢ Redlines, Covers & Renderings
➢ Environmental Display Graphics
➢ Creative Services
➢ Photo Quality Reproductions
➢ Mounting, Laminating & Encapsulations
➢ Indoor & Outdoor Signs
➢ Indoor & Outdoor Banners
➢ Corporate Sales
➢ Business Cards

Professional Services
➢ Invitation To Bid (SaaS)
➢ Storefront (Signage SaaS)
➢ ReproConnect (Invitation to Bid Software)
➢ Managed Print Services (On-Site Print Services)
➢ Online Archival Service (SaaS)
➢ Tech Suite By Williams Scotsman (Job-Site Trailers)

➢ Veteran Owned Business (SDVOSB)
➢ Minority Business Enterprise (LA, IL & MO)
➢ Disadvantage Business Enterprise (LA, IL & MO)CONTACT


30 Eisenhower Lane North
Lombard, IL 60148
630-963-4700 (Office)
630-963-5562 (Fax)

2731 S. Jefferson
St. Louis, MO 63118
314-678-0087 (Office)
314-678-0176 (Fax)

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Modern Fire & Security Systems, Inc. Terrell Daniels 

USMCA Michigan Chapter Vice PresidentCompany ProfileModern Fire & Security Systems, Inc. (MFSS) specializes in the installation, service, design, maintenance and 24 monitoring of Low Voltage Life Safety Systems (i.e., fire alarm, security, card access, surveillance/camera and communication systems). The company was established in 1996 and at its peak had (52) employees.

MFSS has been awarded several large contracts over the years including a $2.5 million dollar contract to install the security system at the Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts).  Other notable projects: Detroit Metro Airport, Indiana Convention Center, Grand Rapids Public Schools, The Kent County Zoological Gardens, Michigan State University (Housing Projects), Zeeland Hospital, Meijer and Walmart Stores. 

In 2010 MFSS started a new dba company, MFSS Contracting to expand its list of offerings.  The new company was formed as a mentor/protégé partnership to offer Construction Management (CM) services to benefit the construction needs of the urban core projects in West Michigan.  The company is a self-performing CM capable of performing general trades, rough and finish carpentry, concrete restoration and painting. The company has had some early success: The setting of the Rosa Parks Statue in downtown Grand Rapids, Herkimer Hotel Renovation ($20 million joint venture), The Van Andel Institute Expansion, Grand Rapids Community College Warren Hall Expansion (historical renovation), Lake Michigan Filtration Plant, Grand Rapids Parks Rehabilitation Project, Grand Rapids Parking Ramp Restoration Project, Winston-Salem State University (ESCP), and Meijer (new store and renovation projects).  

The company has received Awards of Excellence from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for the work done at the Main Library Branch in Grand Rapids and Gerald R. Ford Airport. The company was also named one of the “50 Companies to Watch” in Michigan.  Additionally, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Bloomberg Business Week named MFSS one of the “Inner City 100 Fastest Growing Companies” in the nation! Last but certainly not least, The Business Journal of West Michigan ranked MFSS as the #3 Security Firm in West Michigan!

USMCA 30th Anniversary Millennium Builders Awards Ceremony

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Reginald Andre is CEO of ARK Solvers a South Florida based Cybersecurity & IT Consulting company meeting the needs of business of construction and developer firms as well as construction projects.

Since 2010, Reginald has been responsible for developing ARK Solvers vision by coordinating administrative efforts to achieve the company’s expansion goals, new business opportunities and client fulfillment. With over 20 years of business, entrepreneurship, and technical experience his knowledge and IT expertise has been the driving force in successfully growing ARK Solvers.Reginald earned a AS Degree in Business Administration and a AS Degree in Network Service Technology at Broward College.  He was recently featured as a 40 under 40 honoree awards, and as The Fastest Growing IT Company in South Florida for 3 years in a row!ARK Solvers is available to assist in your projects being your technical contact for large scale Wi-Fi Projects, low voltage/Cat5 wiring, security cameras, technology consulting & project management, and Cybersecurity and IT Support for your business. The areas that we service are the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.Projects that we have been part of are One Thousand Museum Condominium, Property Managers Group (PMG) with Echo Aventura, Muse, X Miami. In these examples we provided consultation of the technology setup and won the bid to do the jobs. We are certified Minority Business Owners (Black Owned, Women Owned, Hispanic Owned) and also have our SBA 8A Certified.  We strongly encourage all members to connect with Landau Real Estate Services LLC

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USMCA is proud to announce the January 2021 Member of the Month,
Landau Real Estate Services, LLCKenneth Gray


Landau Real Estate Services LLC started in January 2013. Owner Kenny Gray started out as a land surveyor and spent twenty years in the construction industry working his way from journeyman to crew chief. After being exposed to the general contracting business Kenny became dissatisfied with the quality of work being presented as “market ready” and felt that an opportunity existed to do something different.

“I knew that I could do better and that it should be done better”.

With that concept in mind, Landau Real Estate Services LLC was born. Landau Real Estate Services LLC. has enjoyed consistent growth, garnering a reputation for efficient, reliable service with immediate issue resolution.

Landau Real Estate provides general contracting services that range from painting to siding to HVAC. Showcasing a full service of general contracting options, Landau Real Estate believes in high standards of excellence and taking care of the customer at all times.

We have an extensive crew of professional contractors, from roofers and carpenters to plumbers and electricians, that we utilize for major repairs. All contractors are licensed and bondable in their respective fields. Landau is looking forward to years of success supporting your businesses and maintaining your properties.We strongly encourage all members to connect with Landau Real Estate Services LLC
(312) 379-9146

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USMCA is proud to announce the December 2020 Member of the Month,
Prime Proposal Group, Inc.

Tammye Peña Brownlee is owner and Chief Proposal Writer of Prime Proposal Group, Inc. As a woman-owned professional services firm with over 20 years of proposal and grant writing experience, Prime provides high-quality consulting from pre-bid to award. We manage most requests regardless of size, scope, or service. Prime works with business leaders to review solicitation expectations and submittal requirements. We partner with you to devise a realistic game plan to achieve success.
Prime supports a host of D/M/WBEs, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), nonprofits (NPOs), professional associations, and service providers. Business owners trust us to optimize the writing and creative process, so you they more time to concentrate on business needs. In addition to grant writing and proposal development, Tammye is gifted at helping to take your business to the next level with a professionally designed logo and website. Our creative services include: responsive website design, flyer creation, graphic design, coding, and maintenance. To learn more, check out our portfolio page to get a glimpse of clients we’ve supported:

Not only is Tammye owner of Prime, she is also proud to be USMCA's National Strategic Development Consultant. As part of the management team, I help to further increase our national reach by conducting extensive strategic local and national research to identify, cultivate, and solicit new grant opportunities. Last, I am on the board of iLab Startup Foundation, a South Florida based nonprofit that connects the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem from early stage entrepreneurs, serial entrepreneurs, professionals at leading corporations, venture capital, angel investors, thought leaders among others. Although she resides in Miami, about 65% of her clients are based in Illinois. She will forever be a “Fighting Illini” at heart!

Tammye has written over 9-figures in grant and RFP solicitations with a 76% success rate. In 2020 alone, she has achieved over $14.52 million awards and has served over 180 clients throughout the Midwest, South, and East Coasts. Since the onset of the pandemic, she has also helped clients win an honorable 37 grants!
We strongly encourage all members to connect with Prime Proposal Group

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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. 



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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.


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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.

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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