Construction Conference to help local small businesses get certified with city, connected to larger companies

  • The conference takes place this Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Voyageur High School
  • 350+ companies expected to be in attendance
  • Businesses will receive info on upcoming projects and how to partner with larger firms on project bids


Detroit Construction Conference
When: Saturday, March 7, 2020 (8 AM – 12 PM)
Where: Voyageur High School, 4366 Military, Detroit, MI 48210
Who: The City of Detroit along with hundreds of local contractors interested in doing business with the City


The City of Detroit is hosting its 2nd annual Construction Conference this Saturday, March 7, 2020. The event is part of an ongoing effort to increase work opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses in Detroit. More than 350 companies have RSVP’d and attendees will learn about upcoming projects, city certifications, and how to submit work bids.

The event will be held at Voyageur High School at 4366 Military St. Detroit, MI from 8 AM until 12 PM. Mayor Mike Duggan will speak to attendees at 9:15 AM, followed by officials from various city departments.

Local businesses will be provided resources and information necessary to become certified vendors/contractors. The primary area of focus will be on companies interested in residential construction to support the city’s many efforts along these lines, such as the Bridging Neighborhoods home swap program, rental property compliance program, the 0% interest home improvement loan program and more. Computer lab and procurement staff aslo will be on site to assist with technical needs.

Participants will also be provided information on how to become a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE), and certified Detroit-based or Detroit-headquartered company.

“There is a great deal of opportunity in the area of residential home improvement in Detroit and we want to make sure Detroit based companies and contractors, especially small businesses, are able to bid successfully for work,” said Heather Zygmontowicz, who runs the Bridging Neighborhood Program.


Represented at the conference will be:

  • 30 Vendor Tables includes General Contractors and the following:Southwest Detroit Business Association, ProsperUs, MI-Hispanic Contractors Assoc, National Assoc of Black Women in Construction, Detroit Development Fund, US Small Business Administration, and the Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council, Council President Jones)
  • 11 City Department Tables including: (Detroit Land Bank, Bridging Neighborhoods, Dept of Neighborhoods/Business Liaisons, Housing & Revitalization, BSEED, DWSD, Procurement, Detroit Building Authority, City Demo Program, DPW and Historic Commission)


Multiple city departments have partnered for the event, including the Office of Contracting & Procurement, Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity Department, Housing & Revitalization Department, Bridging Neighborhoods Program, Detroit Landbank Authority, Detroit Water & Sewage Department, and Building Safety Engineering & Environment Department.


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