Regional Hispanic Contractors Association
Formed in 1995, the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association (RHCA), formerly known as the Hispanic Contractors Association of Dallas-Fort Worth (HCADFW), is the fastest growing contractor association in the United States. In addition to providing a platform for small and emerging contractors and subcontractors to voice their business and political concerns, the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association offers Hispanic and other minority contractors a host of programs and resources. But what really sets them apart is their approach to construction safety.
“In addition to working with business owners and managers, we work with the frontline construction workers and provide them safety training,” says John H. Martinez, president of the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association . “The association understands safety is as much a people issue as it is a business issue, so we are now focusing on training the trainers. The effect this will have on the industry is exponential.”
Who can join the the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association ?
We are a chamber of commerce for small and emerging contractors, major corporate contractors and businesses that serve the construction industry. Most of our 745 members are Hispanic contractors, though we also have a number of African American, American Indian and woman-owned contractors.
What are the benefits of becoming a member?
RHCA members get access to information on upcoming construction projects and opportunities in North Texas, meet contacts and develop key relationships in the construction industry, and access OSHA construction safety classes. Other membership benefits include procurement, business development and training, green building training and advocacy.
Do I have to be a member to take part in the educational sessions? Are sessions in Spanish?
Because we want to influence the construction profession as a whole, anyone in construction can take our classes and training, most of which are free. Our business administration classes are in English, although many have bilingual teachers for students that need material explained in Spanish. Our safety classes are in English and Spanish.
Are there opportunities to volunteer?
Volunteers are a key to our success and serve as an extension of the staff. They work on a monthly basis promoting membership, hosting RHCA activities, meeting with business leaders, and acting as liaisons to public agencies and municipal committees. We have excellent volunteers, and there is always room for more.
For more information and a complete list of RHCA programs and services, visit www.regionalHCA.org.
Contractor Business Center
RHCA’s Contractor Business Center (CBC) is a new one-stop project-based contractor business center that assists contractors with completing, submitting and winning bids and contracts. It will serve as a national model in assisting new, small and emerging general contractors and subcontractors with project procurement, construction safety and green building. The 12,000-square-foot headquarters is designed to impact the entire local construction industry by increasing the number and capacity of local construction-related businesses.
- Joint venture initiatives
- Individual and group training
- Office suites
- Meeting and conference rooms
- Blueprint plan room with printer
- Construction business library