MWL Business Initiatives

Corporate Alliance/Columbia University MWL Construction Trades Certificate Mentorship Program

Columbia University Facilities and Operations is committed to enhancing labor force and contracting opportunities for the minority, women and local (MWL) community. One of the ways in which Facilities and Operations worked to build the MWL contracting opportunities was through a mentoring program for small and medium-sized MWL construction trade firms.

About the Program

In January 2008, Columbia University and the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) launched the Minority-, Women-, and Locally-owned (MWL) Construction Trades Management Certificate/Mentorship Program to help MWL businesses build capacity and earn contracting opportunities at the University. The Program provided construction administration training, one-on-one technical assistance and networking opportunities to help build the capacity of small and medium-sized MWL construction trade firms to respond to bidding opportunities and manage the construction job cycle.

Program partners included The Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which provides technical services to MWL firms, and Columbia University's School of Continuing Education, which oversaw the program's academic portion and administered certificates of completion to mentees after fulfilling their first year.

The Columbia University Minority-, Women- and Locally-Owned (MWL) Construction Trades Certificate Mentorship Program ended in December 2014. Read the Program's final report.