Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (HCAC)
The Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (HCAC) is a non-profit organization established to provide the necessary resources to ensure the continued progress of its members, while promoting the long term success of Hispanic and minority-owned construction businesses in North and South Carolina.
“Our organization provides great advancement opportunities for our members,” says Julian Arcila, executive director of the association. “We offer our members education, job and networking opportunities and guidance to grow their businesses. We help Hispanic and other minority contractors group their efforts to help grow and improve their community, and we work closely with other trade organizations and communities to identify business opportunities for these groups.
Q: Who can be a member of the Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas ?
“We have four different membership categories: contractors, individuals, associate members (businesses that are related to construction but aren’t construction companies) and vendor members (companies that offer products and services for the construction industry). We interview potential members to be sure HCAC is what they’re businesses need.”
Q: What programs, services and networking activities does the association provide members?
A: “We have Membership Meetings and Safety & Construction Fairs. We also have classes and seminars available to our members that focus on safety and construction management. Some of our networking activities include our Awards Banquet and our popular Contractors Golf Outing, where tool and material suppliers, general contractors, subcontractors and professional service providers have an opportunity to intermingle. Almost all of our activities are free to our members.”
Q: What are some of the key challenges facing Hispanic contractors in your area? How does the association work with contractors to help them with these issues?
A: “I think one of the key challenges is learning how to get organized so they can grow their companies. This can be achieved by getting educated on industry-related topics so they can take advantage of all the opportunities that are presented to them, doing things the way they must be done, following rules and laws. To help them get there, we offer services and opportunities that are intended to satisfy these needs.”
As part of its Safety Program, the HCAC holds traditional OSHA 10 & 30 series courses and Fall Protection classes. Most recently, the association added more than 80 virtual safety classes in Spanish in partnership with PureSafety.com at discounted prices for members.
For more information on the Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas and its programs and services, visit www.hcacarolinas.org or call (704) 583-4184.
-By Adriana Sibaja