The application period for the Raleigh Cohort of the Construction Business Academy has now closed. Check back soon for more information on our upcoming cohorts!

The Construction Business Academy is a business development program designed to strengthen minority, disadvantaged and women owned businesses to ensure their sustainability and growth. 

The CAGC Foundation was awarded $3.0 million in the state budget to host minority construction business academies to help minority contractors and subcontractors successfully compete for work in the construction industry. These academies will provide training and coaching to help these businesses get back on their feet after COVID and support their efforts to learn and grow. 

This comprehensive program will include 12 sessions (one each week, in-person and virtual) that focus on areas critical to the growth and development of the participating company and business owners.  Students will be supported with business coaching and access to technical resources for a full year.   

Cohorts will be created regionally in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and in eastern and western parts of NC to ensure the curriculum and supportive services are accessible.  The first cohort in Charlotte began in January. Over 20 businesses completed the program and graduated in April. The second Cohort in Greensboro is currently underway.

The Core 

Academy Curriculum

  • Academy Kick-Off
  • Business Planning, Keys to Success
  • Strategic Planning
  • Management & Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Estimating, Bidding, Cashflow
  • Risk Management & Construction Law
  • Licensing, Insurance & Bonding
  • Safety and Quality
  • Mental & Physical Health
  • Doing Business with Agencies, Primes and GC’s
  • Graduation



Stephanie Joyner

Stephane Joyner, DiverseCity Services, LLC
Program Administrator
(980) 895-7923


L'anika Morehead

L'anika Morehead
Grants and Program Manager
(704) 962-2367


Betsy Bailey

Betsy Bailey
CAGC Foundation Vice President
(704) 372-1450
Dial 1, then ext. 5725

The Follow Through

Mentor Protégé Matching

At the conclusion of the live training and education component of the program, CAGC Foundation will initiate a Mentor-Protégé Program and match participating companies with appropriate AGC member companies.  Matching the participants will account for current and future trades, industry sectors, and the experience of potential mentor firms.  The Mentor-Protégé Program will build upon the information provided and the work completed through the training program.

The Support

On-going Technical Assistance

After the completion of the Academy and in conjunction with the Mentor Protégé program, participants will have access to information and direct resources for the following 12-months including but not limited to,

  • Business Operations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing
  • Legal
  • Risk Management
  • Certification
  • Prequalification
  • Human Resources
  • Financial, Access to Capital

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be eligible to do business in North Carolina.
  • Minimum of 2-consecutive years in business.
  • Must be a minority, women, disadvantaged or veteran owned business.
  • Must have revenue of $200,000 (2022).
  • Must be owner or in leadership/management within the company.
  • Willingness to commit to full 12-month program.


  • Time & commitment

The application period for the Raleigh Cohort of the Construction Business Academy has now closed. Check back soon for more information on our upcoming cohorts!

Don't Take Our Word For It

I am excited to see the return of an enhanced HUB Academy, The Construction Business Academy.  We should never be afraid to be life-learners to meet the changes in industry standards.  I look forward to supporting you through the Academy and more importantly, celebrating you at graduation.

Tammie Hall-Roberts, Division Director, Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses, NC Department of Administration

Planning Committee

Thank you to our planning committee for making this program possible!

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