October 25, 2016

lica_logo_square.pngLICA Reduces Membership Dues for MWBEs

At its October meeting, the Long Island Contractors’ Association’s board of directors voted unanimously to reduce first-year membership dues for certified NYS Minority & Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) by 30%. This bold move supports Governor Cuomo’s efforts to increase opportunities for MWBE firms – while helping Long Island’s heavy highway contractors meet rising MWBE contract requirements.

LICA Executive Director Marc Herbst said, “Many of our general contractors have difficulty meeting the steep MWBE requirements of public contracts, due largely to the fact that there are not enough qualified MWBE subcontractors and suppliers in the heavy construction industry to meet the demand and achieve rising MWBE goals.” Herbst noted, “By offering a substantial discount to these organizations, we hope to increase our pool of available and qualified MWBE firms which our GC’s can then tap into. LICA recognizes that many smaller MWBE’s have cost constraints that make membership challenging until they become more established and win more work.”

A 30% discount could add up to more than $1,600 in savings, based on membership level. Herbst said, “This first-year discount will provide MWBE’s with access to LICA’s member base through networking events and additional exposure through LICA’s other marketing and advertising opportunities – hopefully leading to new work. And for our GC’s, it will make it easier to find and hire these MWBE’s so they can meet the required goals. It’s truly a win-win situation for everyone in the industry.” The discount will be offered to all qualified new MWBE applicants beginning in 2017. 

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