Model Contractor Development Program to Kick Off September 14 in Gulfport

Gulfport, Miss. (August 7, 2015) – On Monday, September 14, 2015, the South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center, Inc. (SMCPC) will launch the Model Contractor Development Program (MCDP) workshop series from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Roy Anderson Corp. office located at 11400 Reichold Rd. in Gulfport, Miss.

The MCDP workshop series is designed to teach small contractors and businesses practices that will improve their company’s operations and increase their bonding capacity. The workshop is free of charge and is open to all small contractors and businesses, but participants must enroll their companies in the Mississippi Procurement Technical Assistance Program ( Also, each company’s representative must agree to attend at least eight of the nine sessions. “The MCDP is a great opportunity for small contractors to build and grow their business." said Debbie Bermond, Roy Anderson Corp (RAC) VP of Human Resources. "This is also a way for RAC to stay in touch with the local small business contractors for possible use in upcoming projects."

Starting with the September 14th kick-off, the nine sessions will be held each Monday night (with the exception of Tuesday, October 13th) at 5:30 p.m. through November 9th at the Roy Anderson Corp facility. The complete schedule follows:

Monday, September 14 Kick-off/Orientation 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Monday, September 21 Business Planning and Management for Construction 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, September 28 Construction Accounting and Financial Management 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, October 5 Marketing, Estimating and Bidding 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 13 Banking and Financing for Contractors 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, October 19 Project Management and Field Operations 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, October 26 Bonding and Insurance for New and Emerging Contractors 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, November 2 Claims and Dispute Resolution 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, November 9 Success Stories: Why Some Contractors Succeed and Others Fail/Graduation Ceremony 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by Roy Anderson Corp, the South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center, Inc, Mississippi Development Authority and the Surety and Fidelity Association of America. Although the workshop is free-of-charge, pre-registration is required. To register, visit, and select “Events” and then September 14, or call (228) 396-1288. Seating is limited, so interested parties are encouraged to register early. For more information about the MCDP, please contact Marcia McDowell at or 228.396.1288 ext 102.