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MIAMI, FL, September 22, 2015 – Suffolk Construction announced that they will be expanding the company’s Trades Partnership Series, which assists small, local, disadvantaged, minority, and women-owned trade partner firms in fostering long-term relationships with Suffolk. As a result of a successful program in Boston, Suffolk will be rolling out the series in Miami for the first time in November. Applicants from interested firms are now being accepted.

Suffolk will be partnering with the Miami-Dade County Small Business Development Division and The Beacon Council, the official economic development partnership of Miami-Dade County. Provided at no cost to selected participants, the Trades Partnership Series in Miami will be offered exclusively to trade partners that have been in business for a minimum of two years and are certified as one of the following: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE); Minority Business Enterprise (MBE); Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE); Small Business Enterprise (SBE); Veterans Owned Small Business (VOSB); and/or Service Disabled Veterans Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

“We take great pride in creating equal access and opportunity for quality-driven, experienced trade partners on all of our projects, and we are thrilled to have support from Miami-Dade County and The Beacon Council as we launch the Trades Partnership Series in Miami,” said Brian McPherson, director of diversity and workforce compliance at Suffolk Construction. “In the last five years alone, Suffolk has awarded over $500 million in projects to DBE, MBE and WBE firms. Hundreds of these contracts have been given to graduates of the Trades Partnership Series which we’ve hosted in Boston over the past four years.  We’re excited to continue this momentum as we bring the program into the South Florida market.”

“Having worked with Suffolk prior to participating in the Trades Partnership Series, I realized I was just performing work without experiencing a true partnership,” said Herby Duverne, principal and CEO of Taino Consulting Group. “Since completing the program I have built a true partnership with Suffolk and a strong relationship with my mentor. As a result, the opportunities for my company have sky rocketed.”

Participants of the Trades Partnership Series will learn firsthand about Suffolk’s “build smart” approach to construction management, including how Lean Construction principles are applied to projects and innovative, web-based collaboration tools result in an efficient document management process for all project stakeholders.

Each two-hour course will be presented in an interactive format and led by Suffolk executives and local industry experts. A kick-off Networking Session will take place on Friday, November 13 from 12:00-2:00pm at Suffolk’s Miami office in One Biscayne Tower. Courses will then be held Monday, November 16 – Thursday, November 19 from 4:00-6:00pm and Friday, November 20 from 12:00-2:00pm. Attendance will be mandatory at all sessions for each selected trade partner to receive a graduation certificate and have one-on-one access to a Suffolk mentor.

The application deadline is Friday, October 16 at 5pm EDT. Selected participants will be notified by 5pm EDT on Monday, October 26. All eligible firms are encouraged to apply. Space will be limited. For more information and to apply, visit


Suffolk Construction Company
Since opening its Florida office in 1994, Suffolk Construction has become one of the largest construction management firms in the state of Florida. Suffolk provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the healthcare, transportation, science and technology, education, federal government, and commercial sectors.

Current high-profile Suffolk projects include MiamiCentral Station, Miami Worldcenter, Jade Signature, and Naples Square; and the construction management firm is also known for previous notable builds such as the JW Marriott Marquis and Wells Fargo Center, Miami Beach Senior High School, and Las Olas River House.

Suffolk is committed to delivering its “build smart” approach to construction management on every project. The company’s project teams provide clients comprehensive planning services, innovative solutions and technologies and proven processes, such as Lean Construction principles and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), to deliver the most complex building construction projects on schedule and on budget, with minimal risk.

Suffolk is a community-conscious organization dedicated to environmentally friendly and sustainable business practices, and is committed to making a positive impact in its local communities through grassroots volunteer work, employee fundraising and corporate giving. For more information, visit and/or follow Suffolk on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, Instagram and our Build Smart Blog.