South Atlantic SBTRC
The North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development is a grantee of the U.S. Department of Transportation and hosts the South Atlantic Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC). The SBTRC serves the states of Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C. Metro Area, and West Virginia.
The Institute is a nonprofit management consulting and services firm focused on business diversity. We are trusted advisors to businesses large and small, government agencies, policymakers and organizations that understand the key role diversity plays in ensuring business and economic success.
The South Atlantic SBTRC provides an array of technical assistance to build the capacity of small and disadvantaged businesses that include:
- Business Analyses
- Market Research and Procurement Assistance
- General Management & Technical Assistance
- Business Counseling & Coaching
- Regional Planning Committees
- Liaison between Prime Contractors and Sub-Contractors
- Outreach/Conference Participation
- Capital Access and Surety Bond Assistance
- Women & Girls In Transportation Initiative (WITI)
SBTRC SUCCESS STORY
CEO Gerald Carr of All Pro Builders & Restorations, LLC., always planned big. He knew the roads of being a business owner weren’t easy. Sure, he could just build and restore houses but he figured his dream could be pushed further. All he needed was a good team and opportunities to construct a legacy that helped his community.
Fast forward, years later from their start in 2008 through mistakes, success and maturation and you have an entrepreneur, who graduated from the SBTRC’s Bonding Class in May 2017 and also recently became North Carolina’s Minority Business Enterprise of 2018. After finishing the first phase of a major contract worth 1.2 million in September 2018 for Charlotte Douglas Airport’s New Terminal, Gerald Carr has his sights set on realizing that building of a legacy can come true.
Recently, he was able to add five new employees and create a network of new subcontractors to give opportunities to for the contracts he wins. In talking about what helped him succeed, Gerald Carr said, “Being able to utilize resources such as the Bonding Education Program, and similar programs that emphasize networking or has a component that help facilitate mentorships for small companies are factors that really helped us and can help small businesses succeed.”