New Projects in the Pipeline

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The Pipeline, a joint venture between ABC Baltimore and the University of Baltimore’s Jacob Franz Center, is an on-line service that tracks development projects in their earliest stages. For more information on how you can subscribe, contact Mike Henderson. – Strawbridge Commons FKA McDaniels Orchard – The Shops at Kenilworth …

City Minimum Wage Takes a Step Closer to Reality

Ally D'Ovidio

New bill includes amendments meant to protect small business The Baltimore City Council’s Labor Committee approved a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. The bill has introduced amendments to protect small businesses by exempting them from the bill’s regulations. Originally, the amendments defined a …

Building Diversity in Construction

Ally D'Ovidio

Minority and majority owned contractors met in Washington, D.C. last month to explore strategies to address the lack of diversity in the construction industry. The meeting was part of the Diversity and Inclusion Summit, held during ABC National’s Legislative Week. ABC Baltimore member Larry Lopez, owner of Green JobWorks, LLC., …

Southway Builders’ Unusual Approach to Hiring is Paying Dividends

Ally D'Ovidio

Southway Builders, Inc., a Baltimore City-based general contractor, is taking a slightly unconventional approach in qualifying new hires on its Wyman House project. But more important than their approach, is that it is working. Southway has temporarily hired 6 JumpStart graduates to participate in very basic labor tasks, such as …

Board of Directors ‘Spotlight:’ Vic Victoriano

Ally D'Ovidio

Company: Skillforce Inc. Job Description: Director of Operations ¬â€œ I am responsible for the formation and implementation of corporate policies and strategies. I work to integrate those policies with our branches and formulate both short and long term strategies for our continued success and growth. I represent a bridge between …

Community Leaders Visit Project JumpStart

Ally D'Ovidio

Reverend Mosley, Kate McShane, Joe Xavier, Del. Kathy Szeliga   Recently, several Baltimore City community leaders had the opportunity to visit Project JumpStart and see the program first hand. Maryland Delegate Kathy Szeliga, Reverend Mosley, Joe Xavier, and Kim Pinkey of Rosemont Neighborhood Improvement Association met with Director of Project …

JumpStart Goes to Washington

Ally D'Ovidio

Last month, representatives of Project JumpStart made a presentation to ABC’s National Board of Directors on how they can start a program in their respective chapters. Successful pilots have already been planted in the Ohio Valley and Metro Washington Chapters. The 90-hour pre-apprenticeship program was launched 10 years ago by …

Board of Directors ‘Spotlight:’ Frank Murphy

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Company: Tissa Enterprises Inc. (TEI) Job Description: President/COO How did you get involved with ABC? I have been involved with ABC since 1988. I was introduced to ABC by my former boss Tom Musser (Past ABC National Chairman) What is your passion as a board member? My focus is ensuring …

ABC Partners with BCPS for ‘Construction Tech Academy’

Ally D'Ovidio

Last summer, ABC Baltimore teamed up with Baltimore County Public Schools and Community College of Baltimore County and conducted a pilot program for a group of rising seniors called the Construction Tech Academy. ABC’s goal was to increase the vocational training available in public schools. The program ran so well …

Maryland Laws Going into Effect July 1

Ally D'Ovidio

Minimum Wage Maryland’s minimum wage will increase from $8.25 to $8.75. It’s the latest rise scheduled to take effect since lawmakers in 2014 approved incremental increases over several years from $7.25. Next year, it’s scheduled to rise to $9.25 and by July 2018 reach $10.10. Gas Tax Maryland’s gas tax …

Unprecedented Wave of Anti-Business Regulations

Ally D'Ovidio

As President Obama’s second term nears its end, he is using executive actions to issue regulations through government agencies that could disproportionately hurt small businesses around the country. The construction industry is particularly vulnerable, given the nature of the industry with multiple employers on jobsites and the myriad of employer …

Board of Directors ‘Spotlight:’ Anita Sheckells

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Company: KatzAbosch Job Description: Director and Vice President of the firm’s Board of Directors How did you get involved with ABC? As an accountant specializing in the construction industry, I joined ABC to meet people in the industry, as well as learn more about the industry. I initially joined the …

DOL’s Overtime Rule: Too Fast too Soon

Ally D'Ovidio

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently updated its overtime regulations for white collar workers under the Fair Labors and Standards Act. The updates include increasing the salary threshold under which salaried workers are entitled to overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week. That threshold …

Board Member Spotlight: Larry Lopez

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Company: Green JobWorks LLC Job Description: President How you got involved with ABC: I attended many networking events when I started Green JobWorks. I noticed that ABC events were better suited for companies in the construction industry. I really enjoyed their events and eventually took other events off my calendar …

Board Member Spotlight: Rohit H. Patel

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Company: Intelect Corporation Job Description: President and CEO How you got involved with ABC: As a member, I thought ABC was a great contractor trade organization. Intelect Corporation attended networking events, signed up for many of the skill training classes, and took advantage of discounts and benefits packages offered. I …

Project JumpStart Acts as Catalyst for Change in Cincinnati

Ally D'Ovidio

ABC Baltimore’s Project JumpStart video with Mike Rowe, was the catalyst for necessary changes and growth in Cincinnati, Ohio. Two years ago, the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency and Ohio Valley Construction Foundation conducted a pilot project to determine if a career readiness program with a focus on the commercial/industrial …

How OSHA’s New Silica Provisions Will Effect Contractors

Ally D'Ovidio

New regulations governing silica will result in contractors creating written exposure plans, providing employees with silica risk training, and offering medical exams to exposed workers. OSHA recently made its first revisions regarding crystalline silica rules in over 40 years. According to OSHA, crystalline silica is composed of soil, sand, granite, …

MCN Build/Southway Builders and Mechanical Engineering & Construction Capture ‘Projects of the Year’

Ally D'Ovidio

On Thursday night at the Excellence in Construction and Safety Awards, MCN Build/Southway Builders and Mechanical Engineering & Construction Corporation captured Projects of the Year honors for General Contractor and Subcontractor, respectively. MCN Build/Southway Builders won for their work on the Green Street Academy. Mechanical Engineering & Construction was honored …

May Network to Focus on Port Covington

Ally D'Ovidio

On Wednesday, May 18th ABC Baltimore is pleased to announce it will host an exclusive member briefing on the upcoming redevelopment of Port Covington by Sagamore Development Company. This briefing will be part of our May Network at Night and will be held at the former bus garage in Port …