From the Desk of Susan Repka,
Executive Director of Women Contractors Association
Summer has started with a bang at WCA. I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July.
Are you interested in serving on the WCA Board of Directors? We are taking board applications now. Email me to request an application. (Members only)
WCA recently partnered with the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA) to host a how to do business with Houston First Corporation. In addition, we will partner with WBEA to host a Lien and Bond Workshop. Visit www.womencontractors.org to register.
We also have two new benefits for our members.
Do you ever wish you could get the same discounts as larger companies for your office supplies? As a member of WCA, you now can. We have entered into an agreement with Staples that will allow our members to utilize WCA’s Advantage Account.
Benefits to WCA and Members:
- Special Pricing on items such as paper
- All orders over $150 get an additional 2.5% discount
- 3% discount on breakroom & facilities supplies (cleaning, bathroom, snacks, paper towels, etc)
- Free deliver on orders over $50
- Prices locked for year
- Multiple locations for companies
- This is for new Staples Advantage customers only OR for those whose accounts have been inactive for over 6 months.
If you are interested, please email me and I will have our account manager set up your company information under our account. You will need to pay for each order with a credit card. This is a $299 annual savings for our members.
If you spend over $500 a month or would like to have net 30, consider setting up your own account with Staples.
Bid Drop Box
WCA members recently received an email from me regarding the new bid Drop Box. This Drop Box allows members to instantly have access to any bid information that WCA receives. Once you set up your account, you have the option to download the software to your computer or simply visit the website on a regular basis. WCA or its members can save bid opportunities in the drop box. (If you download the software, do NOT delete the files in the WCA bid folder on your computer, this deletes them off the server).
In addition to bids, we save upcoming community partner events/education programs, presentations from our Education Programs (Houston First Corporation is saved in the Drop Box) and other relevant information. If you would like to have additional team members added to the Drop Box, please send me their names and email addresses.
If you are not a member and would like to add a bid, please email me a pdf of the bid opportunity. Members, simply save the bid as a pdf and either save in the Drop Box (if downloaded to your computer or upload the bid online)
July 18 – WCA Planning Meeting. This is where you have the opportunity to assist in WCA’s future. Sign up today. (Members only)
August 1, 2013 WCA Luncheon featuring A.O. Phillips speaking on the new Houston Convention Hotel and Director of Economic Development for the City of Sugar Land discussing opportunities within Sugar Land.
September 5, 2013 WCA Luncheon (new location) will feature a panel of Small Business Resources including SCORE, University of Houston Small Business Development Center and the Houston/Galveston Women’s Business Center.
SAVE the DATE:
WCA Annual Elected Official Reception is October 10th. Watch for more information
WCA Annual Holiday Hard Hats and Heels event is November 21. 2013.
If you are interested in sponsoring either of these events, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
2013 Construction Forecast
Our February 2013 monthly luncheon provided an insightful presentation on the 2013 Construction Forecast for the Houston commercial construction market. View the 2013 Construction Forecast detailed report.
Honorary Lifetime Membership Recipients
Congratulations to the WCA Honorary Lifetime Membership recipients. As founding members, they are the first to receive this highest honor and recognition. The Honorary Lifetime Membership recognizes these ladies innovation, perseverance and longtime service for the WCA and all women in construction.
Patricia Oakes, Work Zone Products
Karen Patterson, El Dorado Paving
Helen Hodges, Separation Systems Consultants, Inc.
Alicia Jimerson, Jimerson Underground
Frankie Snead, Snead Site, Inc.
WCA responds to the City of Houston Disparity Study results and NERA recommendations
City of Houston (COH) Disparity Study Revealed.
Mayor Parker and several of Houston’s top names modeled western-wear fashions by Pinto Ranch at the premier Cowboy Catwalk event sponsored by the Women Contractors Association (WCA). Models included
Mayor Annise Parker
Bette Moser – Executive Director, HomeAid Houston
Carlecia Wright – Director, City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity,
Kellie Vasquez –Vice President, Holes, Incorporated
Jacquie Chaumette, Sugar Land Council Member
Judge Dwight Jefferson – METRO Board of Director
Helena Brown - Council Member District A, City of Houston
Pattie Huey – Director of Marketing & Sales for Corporate Partnerships; Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors
The Cowboy Catwalk was a kick-off to the WCA’s annual fund raiser, “Boots & Bling” held in spring 2012. “Cowboy Catwalk is a fun way to bring attention to a very serious issue in Houston,” said Valerie Delafosse, executive director of WCA. “This mix and mingle/fashion show will bring awareness to the WCA’s commitment to ending homelessness in Houston. Our fund raiser in the spring, “Boots & Bling” raises money for HomeAid Houston, a charity that fights homelessness on a daily basis. We are honored to have the mayor and a host of other industry professionals on the catwalk for this important cause.”
See photos from the event and an article in the Houston Chronicle.