Those bidding on City of Cleveland contracts or who desire to build projects in the City are required to comply with Chapter 187, the purpose of which is to ensure participation by Cleveland Small Businesses (CSB's), Minority Business Enterprises (MBE's), and Female Business Enterprises (FBE's). CSB's, MBE's, and FBE's must be certified by the Office of Equal Opportunity so that contractors may receive participation credits when hiring them as subcontractors. Companies interested in certification must complete a notarized certification application and submit it for review. Applicants may be subject to site visits and additional requests for information
The James H. Walker Construction Management Course is a ten week, twenty session course. The course is taught by experienced construction professionals and includes education in contracting, marketing, procurement, bonding, scheduling, cost accounting, estimating, and project planning. Participants learn how to become certified with the City of Cleveland, obtain financing, bid on City contracts and prepare business plans.
Approximately 1,347 entrepreneurs, trades people, and professional architects, engineers, surveyors and others who have taken this course are operating well-known and respected businesses. The course is named in honor of the late James Walker, a former OEO employee who dedicated most of his professional life to helping minorities develop construction and general contracting businesses.
To advance equal economic benefit for all Clevelanders by ensuring compliance with contractor goals and requirements, by providing development and support activity for target groups, and by overall advocacy, with a commitment to excellent public service.