One of the primary objectives of any trade association is to make meaningful and beneficial advances in government relations. This can be achieved in a multitude of ways, such as proposing innovative solutions, influencing legislation and regulations and ensuring supporters on Capitol Hill have the resources they need to win reelection. In each of these facets, the National Utility Contractors Association has had an exceptional year.
Last August, Utility Contractor featured an article with some background information about the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, and the recent explosion in the number of DBE fraud prosecutions across the construction industry. This month, we’re back to continue this cautionary tale, and to offer additional tips to help you identify and avoid transactions that could land you in an orange jumpsuit.
Before we even begin talking about online promotion, it’s important that we define and really understand the meaning and purpose of marketing. What is marketing? Try to define it in one word. Many will answer sales, advertising or branding. However, marketing simply put, comes down to one thing: education.
A group of Clemson University civil engineering students stepped outside the classroom recently for some hands-on learning in underground construction thanks to a neighbor who happens to be an expert in the field.Employees of McLaughlin Group Inc., a leading manufacturer of trenchless construction equipment, gave the students a demonstration in identifying and marking underground utilities, vacuum excavation and the use of pneumatic boring tools.