Friday, November 18, 2011

October 24, 2011 - AASHTO Elects a New President and VP

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Elects a New Presiden and VP

News Update - October 21, 2011 In this Transportation TV News Update, President Obama's proposal to create a National Infrastructure Bank was the focus of a hearing convened by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman, John Mica (R-Florida). You'll hear from Gary Ridley, director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation who testified on behalf of his agency. Transportation TV begins extensive coverage this week of the AASHTO Annual Meeting held Oct. 13-17, in Detroit, Michigan. In this report you'll hear from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood who spoke at the gathering Monday, Oct. 17 . And AASHTO's newly elected President, Michigan DOT Director Kirk Steudle outlines the top priorities in a one-on-one interview.

October 24, 2011 - AASHTO Elects a New President and VP

Monday, August 15, 2011

Thank You Tameka Montgomery For Your Vision In Creating Such A Wonderful Concept and Putting together An Outstanding Event.

People walking in Hyde Park, Sydney, in April ...
The SBDC Main Street Mentors Walk was a great event. I would like to  thank Tameka Montgomery for her vision in creating such a wonderful concept and putting together an outstanding event. What could be better than a nice walk in the park, on a sunny, crisp, cool morning in August, while discussing your business dreams, goals, and challenges with others who have already been there.
We all meant at the City Park Pavilion where we were greeted with hot coffee/tea, and light breakfast. Accompanied by music, networking was in full swing and the mentees were being matched up with their mentors.
It was wonderful to see mentors up early Saturday morning, 8:00 am, taking time out of their Saturday morning to walk, talk, listen, and share their expertise and experience with their mentees. Oh by the way, I was matched up with Denver Metro Chamber Board Chair Bill Lindsay, a previous business owner of 20 plus years.  As we began our walk, Bill asked Jake Gilmore of Gilmore Construction to join us. What a treat to be sandwiched in between two great mentors. However, that was short lived when Jake was pulled from us to join up with a mentee who had arrived late.
I am grateful to have been able to glean from Bill’s wisdom and expertise, bounce ideas off him, and receive confirmation on business decisions I’ve been groping with for some time. Bill was gracious and very generous with sharing his business insight.
I have always been a big proponent of mentor protégé programs and efforts. Arguably, every successful business had a coach along the way.
Among the participating mentors, it was a pleasure to see seasoned firms from our industry (construction/transportation) just to name a few, Lisa and Ishmael Buckley of American Automation, Denise Burgess of Burgess Service, Jonnie Thomas of Triunity Engineering and Management, Inc., etc.
Again thank you Tameka, what can I say, Job well done!  I am looking forward to the next Main Street Mentor’s Walk!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

7 Reasons Why We Procrastinate - E-Myth Worldwide

African Americans,African descent,business men,businesses,computers,flowers,laptop computers,men,offices,PCs,persons,photographs,technologies,vases,workingThere are myriad reasons why we procrastinate. And there are often telltale signs that we are indeed procrastinating even when we think we are being truly productive.

7 Reasons Why We Procrastinate - E-Myth Worldwide                                  

Monday, April 25, 2011

Obama Says Nation Shouldn't Sacrifice Transportation Projects While Reducing Deficit.

President Barack Obama said this week he doesn't believe the United States should slash investments in transportation infrastructure while it strives to reduce the federal budget deficit.
"I'll tell you what I'm not going to do," Obama said Tuesday at the Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, not far from Washington. "We're not going to reduce the deficit by sacrificing investments in our infrastructure."
Obama struck a Fiscal Year 2011 appropriations agreement with House Republicans earlier this month that resulted in zeroing out of federal funding for high-speed and intercity passenger rail, an initiative strongly supported by the president. The bill also rescinded $400 million from the FY 2010 appropriation for passenger rail. (see April 15 AASHTO Journal story)
But Obama told the college audience this week, "We're not going to allow our roads and our bridges to grow more and more congested, while places like China are building new roads and new airports and thousands of miles of high-speed rail."
Obama linked the transportation spending to keeping businesses in the United States and generating jobs.
"We've got to make sure that America is built to compete," the president said. "We've got to have the best roads. We've got to have the quickest trains. We have to have the fastest broadband networks. That's who we are."
The president has proposed a $556 billion six-year federal surface transportation reauthorization level, but has not put specific suggestions on the table for what revenues should be increased to pay for such a robust investment level. (see Feb. 18 AASHTO Journal story)  

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

This is an inspiring story about how an Egyptian business owner survived the revolution, along with bank closures, cash flow interruption, every business shut down for at least 10 days including his own and was still able to pay 50% of his employees salaries just so they could get by.........

"Aong with the rest of the world, we’ve watched in awe recently at the historic events unfolding in Egypt. For one E-Myth Business Coach in particular, news couldn’t come fast enough for his thoughts were with his coaching client Ismail Seif El Nasr who owns a wholesale clothing business based in Cairo. When we did finally make contact with Ismail, and found out that all is well with him, his family, his employees and his business, we breathed a collective sigh of relief. We were also very interested to hear his experience, and he has graciously allowed us to share his story with you".

Friday, February 11, 2011

Construction Coalition - Supported Retainage Reform Bill HB 1115 Moves On To The Senate: Contact Your State Senator Now To Urge Support

"Retainage" is the amount withheld from contractors’ monthly payments to ensure work is completed satisfactorily. Ideally retainage would be released at the end of a project; however, some public entities delay retainage payment for many months after contractors have finished the project – even after the project is operational. To read the bill, click here: