About the Organization

Construction Allies in Action, founded in 2020, aims to empower contractors to grow their construction businesses into sustainable minority-owned or women-owned construction companies in Michigan.

Our Story: Empowering Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Construction Businesses

Construction Allies in Action was founded in 2020 with the goal of building up minority-owned and women-owned construction businesses in Michigan. Recognizing that fair access to commercial construction bids was a major challenge, Construction Allies in Action formed a Steering Committee of local contractors to direct the organization in creating programming to empower contractors with business knowledge.

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How Does CAIA Help Contractors?

Strong Foundations Program

The Strong Foundations Program is FREE to qualifying contractors! Enrollees learn about getting paid on time with simple legal contracts, accessing capital and banking relationships, creating a professional online presence, and other business-building skills.

Affiliate HUB Membership

The Affiliate HUB offers discounts on business-building services, like administrative assistance, estimating, and safety manuals! For an inexpensive annual membership fee, DBE/MBE/WBE construction companies gain access to vetted providers and up to 50% off services!

Contractor Directory

As a DBE, MBE, WBE, MLBE, 8a, or Section 3 contracting company, you’re listed for FREE in our Michigan Contractor Directory – used by project owners and construction managers to fulfill diversity commitments on their projects!

Events + Social Capital

Construction is a relationship-driven industry, especially in Michigan. Construction Allies in Action hosts events to put underrepresented contractors at the forefront and empowers entrepreneurs to make connections with local construction managers and project owners.

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Breaking Down Silos, Building Lasting Success.

Unlike other organizations that tend to work within their individual silos, Construction Allies in Action takes a holistic approach to supporting minority-owned construction businesses.

We understand that true growth and sustainability require a comprehensive strategy that addresses the multifaceted challenges faced by these entrepreneurs.

Board of Directors

At Construction Allies in Action, we differentiate ourselves through the leadership of our experienced board of directors, many of whom have personally navigated the challenges of scaling and growing a company in West Michigan.

This first-hand experience allows us to deeply empathize with the obstacles and aspirations of minority-owned construction businesses. Our approach is built on understanding, compassion, and a shared determination to drive positive change in the industry.

Nate Beene

Nate Beene

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Tom Cizauskas

Tom Cizauskas Gerald R Ford International Airport Purchasing Manager Construction Allies in Action Board Member

Bradford Mathis

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Steve Huizinga

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Terrell Daniels

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Courtney Howe

Board of Directors Jason Cole

Jason Cole

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James Peacock III

Board of Directors Jason Cole

Elizabeth Bovard Strong