Business Development Tools

Through our many strategic partnerships, Surety Bond Associates offers clients access to business development and management consulting programs and services available at little or no cost to help you grow your business!

Whether you need specific assistance related to your construction business, or have general business development needs, you can find access to all the business tools and resources you need right here.

Construction Business Assistance

NYC Department of Small Business Services – NYC is committed to helping NYC construction business and succeed. Eligible M/WBE construction businesses access to capacity building programs. The Bond Readiness Program provided access to workshops and one-on-one assistance to attain surety bonds and bid on City construction projects.

MBDA Business Center of Pennsylvania – The mission at MBC-PA is to actively promote the growth and competitiveness of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. We actively coordinate and leverage public and private-sector resources that facilitate strategic alliances in support of our mission. The businesses we serve typically make at least $500,000 in annual revenues and possess the capable and motivated management needed to grow.

PennDOT DBE Support Services Center – The mission of the DBE Supportive Services Center is to provide training and consulting services to DBE’s enabling them to acquire the proficiency, expertise, and experience necessary to compete, on an equal basis, with non-DBE’s for PennDOT federally assisted highway contracts and subcontracts.

Surety Bonds: A Guide For Contractors – This interactive CD is packed with publications and resources about Contract Surety bonds, and contains three narrated comprehensive presentations. Topics include: the basics of surety bonds; the bonding process; qualities of a surety bond agent; the prequalification process; the value of a surety relationship; the benefits of bonding; and managing risk with a subcontractor bonding policy.

Temple Construction Management Certificate Series – The Construction Management Certificate Series is a 9-month series of seminars designed to provide business management tools to existing and aspiring contractors. Participants who complete either series will earn a Special Certificate of Completion from the Temple University Fox School of Business and Management and the Small Business Development Center.

SBA’s Office of Government Contracting & Business Development – The SBA administers several programs and services that assist small businesses in meeting the requirements to receive government contracts, either as prime contractors or subcontractors, including the 8(a) Business Development Program; Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) Program; Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program; and Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program.

Veterans Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization – OSDBU seeks to enable Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs), Small Disadvantaged Businesses, HUBZone Businesses, and Women-Owned Small Businesses to add value to the work of VA. To be eligible for SDVOSB or VOSB set-asides, firms must be verified.

Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program – Agencies are now authorized to make sole source contract awards to WOSB. To be eligible, a firm must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women. The women must be U.S. citizens. The firm must be “small” in its primary industry in accordance with SBA’s size standards for that industry.

General Business Assistance

CLARIFI – Need help repairing your credit? Many small businesses are denied access to bonding because of credit issues. Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley is a non-profit service organization dedicated to delivering professional credit education, confidential credit and housing counseling and debt reduction programs to all segments of the community. Servicing Southeastern PA and Southern NJ. For help outside of this area, please call 800-989-2227.

The Small Business Development Center Program is administered by the SBA and provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs assist small businesses with financial, marketing, production, organization, engineering and technical problems and business planning.

Temple’s Small Business Development Center – Temple’s SBDC’s free managerial and technical consulting services include accounting, business plan preparation, cash flow management, government procurement, and insurance. Through the award winning nine month Construction Management Certification program, construction companies will learn business management tools specific to the construction industry.

New Jersey’s Small Business Development Center – The New Jersey SBDC offers free counseling, affordable training and information services to assist small businesses and prospective entrepreneurs in all areas of small business management through 11 regional centers and 18 satellite offices throughout New Jersey.

The Enterprise Center – The Enterprise Center recruits, trains, and nurtures entrepreneurs and grows start-up companies in urban communities by offering intensive coaching and training in the core areas of business development: sales and marketing, financial management, human resources, technology deployment and regulatory compliance.

SBA’s e-Business Institute – The Small Business Training Network, sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, is a virtual campus housing free training courses, workshops and knowledge resources designed to assist entrepreneurs and other students of enterprise.

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