1st Thursday Outlook Calls

The MOVEBR 1st Thursday Outlook calls provide monthly updates on opportunities to compete for project work, with a focus on services that may be provided by small businesses. You can register for the next 1st Thursday Outlook call here.

On June 2, 2022, guest speaker Miller Hilliard of R.A. Brunson, Inc. provided information on the LED Bond Assist Program. You can download the presentation here.

On May 5, 2022, Ann Trappey, Vice-President for Outreach for Forte & Tablada, and Willie Parms, President of Parms Construction, LLC, provided tips and best practices on how primes and subs can interact to have a beneficial and long-standing relationship.

On April 7, 2022, Kris Goranson, Director of Purchasing for the City-Parish, provided information on how to submit bids and how to avoid common errors when submitting bid documents. Additionally, the MOVEBR Program Managers provided an update on the upcoming procurement opportunities.

On March 3, 2022, Justin (Jay) Gaudet, a local entrepreneur and business development officer with TruFund Financial, shared information on the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Capital Region Revolving Loan Fund administered by TruFund Financial Services and lead strategic partner the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC).

On February 3, 2022, Kenyatta Sparks discussed how businesses can obtain their DBE Certification and the services provided by the SJB Group to assist businesses. Ken Naquin also provided information best practices for partnering with large construction firms on procurement opportunities.

On January 6, 2022, the MOVEBR Program Managers gave a walk-through on the Small Business Tool Kit and provided a look-ahead on upcoming projects.

On December 2, 2021, the MOVEBR Program Managers provided an in-depth discussion on the projects scheduled to be advertised in Q4 2021 and Q1 2022. The program managers also highlighted components of the projects that may be ideal for small business participation.

On November 4, 2021, guest speaker Meghan Montgomery May shared the importance of defining your brand and keeping it consistent, and best practices for social media and email marketing. The program managers also provided an overview of the projects being advertised for construction over the next few months.

On October 7, 2021, the MOVEBR Program Managers informed small businesses of the resources available through the MOVEBR Program. The program managers also provided an overview of projects being advertised for construction over the next few months.

On September 9, 2021, the MOVEBR Program Managers provided updates on upcoming projects including capacity and community enhancement projects with opportunities for small business participation. The program managers also provided a first look at 8 projects that will be let over the next few months.

On August 5, 2021, the MOVEBR Program Managers discussed the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification and answered questions on the Projected 12-Month Construction Advertisement Outlook. Kenyatta Sparks, with the SJB group, also provided information on the value of DBE certification.

On July 1, 2021, the MOVEBR Program Managers gave updates on projects scheduled to be advertised over the next 3-6 months. The project team also discussed pervious concrete that will be used in MOVEBR projects with special guest Bill Temple.

On June 3, 2021, Kris Goranson, Director of City-Parish Purchasing, discussed the city-parish's new program for small-, minority-, woman- and veteran-owned businesses. The project team also reviewed the current Projected 12-Month Construction Advertisement Outlook.

On May 6, 2021, the MOVEBR project team provided information on the benefit of signing up for our Construction Vendor Database and reviewed the current Projected 12-Month Construction Advertisement Outlook.

On April 1, 2021, the MOVEBR project team gave a look ahead and discussed openings for construction inspection services.