Turner Construction partners with Boeing to help minority owned businesses

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - With some of their goals accomplished and certificates in hand, 27 graduates of the Turner School of Construction Management are expanding the future of their small businesses.

Much of the program was aimed towards expanding the skills of minorities, women and disadvantaged small businesses.

"It gives small businesses like mine the opportunity to grow," said graduate Joey Jefferson.

Some of the Turner small business graduates are currently working on the local Boeing project.

"If you had a business in the construction industry and there was a large project you would want your business to be a part of it. Our goal is to bring everyone together and make it a win for everybody," said Turner Construction CEO Peter Davoren.

The six-week course included the essentials of managing a business, how to do a business plan with Boeing, developing a business plan, how to estimate and bid larger jobs and more.

According to Turner construction, 80 percent of contractors working on the Boeing site are from South Carolina while 28 percent of those contractors are minority and women owned businesses.

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