Construction Business School

The next term of Construction Business School is slated for Spring 2024. 


The goal of the 10-week virtual program is to provide capacity-building knowledge, instruction in the skills it takes to run a successful construction firm, and an opportunity to meet others in your industry. This comprehensive collection of session topics is designed to help contractors face the competition, embrace daily business challenges, and collaborate with industry peers. 


Enrollment is per company, multiple individuals from the enrolled company may attend.

Scholarship recipients will be billed for the full amount if there are more than two unexcused absences, where no one from the enrolled company is present.

All companies who have successfully completed the course will receive a Certificate of Completion. After graduation, other resources will be available: mentor / protégé program, business roundtables, construction association resources, and support to help you  continue to utilize your new skills.

The course will run for two hours and thirty minutes each night with breaks and an opportunity for Q&A at the end of every session. Registration includes a PDF copy of ABC’s Emerging Contractor Manual.


Session 1
Welcome, Orientation, and Introductions
Marketing and Presenting Your Business

Session 2
Building the Business Team Panel
Construction Technology

Session 3
Recruiting, Retaining and Motivating Employees
Human Resource (HR) Policy and Compliance

Session 4
Special Designation Certifications
Design Build and other Contracting Methods

Session 5
Finding and Finalizing your Bid
Managing Projects
Session 6
Business Taxes and Financials

Session 7
Business Insurance

Session 8
Safety Training and Education (OSHA / WISHA)
ABC Safety Resources

Session 9
Business Litigation
Dispute Resolutions and Contract Provisions

Session 10
Contractor Panel



ABC of Western Washington
1621 114th Ave. SE, Suite 116
Bellevue, WA 98004 
(425) 646-8000                     


US DOT – Northwest SBTRC
808 134th St. S.W., Suite 101
Everett, WA 98204
(425) 492-4940

Washington Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
747 Market Street Room 808
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 591-5807