Opportunities in Government Sponsored Infrastructure Projects

Learn how to take advantage of contracting opportunities available through this program

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October 19, 2022
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• Detailed review of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
• The importance of and process for securing certifications for government contracting
• The role of the Small Business Administration in supporting businesses throughout the certification process

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

The Federal Government’s 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act represents a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. This bipartisan infrastructure law will rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, expand access to clean drinking water, ensure every American has access to high-speed internet, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left behind.

The Act represents a $1 trillion investment provided over the course of a decade. It will add an estimated average of 1.5 million jobs per year for the next 10 years.

The Opportunity for your Business

The overall set of infrastructure projects, though funded by the Federal government, will in many cases be administered by state and local authorities. There will be projects in sectors including road and highway construction, bridge and tunnel repair, public safety, broadband network development, electricity grid upgrades, clean energy as well as veterans housing.

Given the scale of this ten-year, multi-billion dollar opportunity, the range of contracting opportunities available to businesses to capitalize on this opportunity is truly unique.

To support businesses as they position themselves to participate in these infrastructure projects, the Los Angeles Urban League’s Entrepreneurship Center is hosting this online seminar to
(a) inform businesses about the particulars of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and
(b) how to take advantage of contracting opportunities available through this program.


Caprice Collins

Emma Maxey

Emma Maxey is the Outreach and Lender Relations Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration serving in the Los Angeles District Office that covers Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. In her role, Ms. Maxey assist entrepreneurs with accessing SBA’s tools and resources through community engagement, training, outreach, equity, and inclusion encouraging small business success through their participation in SBA’s programs and services.
Caprice Collins

Bo Kemp

Bo Kemp is the CEO of the Southland Development Authority and also a Partner in the Fluent Group. Bo partners with a national network of advisors, advocates, government and business leaders to help drive growth, tackle major initiatives and boost efficiency in municipalities. Highly experienced in the structuring and execution of public-private partnerships, Bo has a reputation for driving innovation in municipal utilities, public infrastructure, and economic development for “legacy” cities. For the last 15 years, Bo has worked with municipal executives around the country to address some of the hardest to solve problems.
Caprice Collins

Nicholas Manalisay

Nicholas is the Area Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Government Contracting & Business Development (GCBD), Office of Government Contracting (GC), Area Office VI. As the Area Director, Nicholas is responsible for executing SBA’s GC assistance programs in SBA Regions 9 (i.e., Arizona, California, Nevada, and Hawaii, Guam & the Insular Areas of the Pacific) and 10 (i.e., Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington).

Nicholas has been with SBA over 30 years, all within GC. Nicholas is a former Procurement Center Representative (PCR) in the Prime Contracts program where he worked with Federal procurement centers to increase small business participation. And, he also worked as a Commercial Market Representative (CMR) in the Subcontracting Assistance program where he worked with large prime contractors to increase small business participation for federal subcontracts.

Leigh Kearns

Leigh Kearns works as an Economic Development Specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Los Angeles District Office (LADO) Prior to the SBA, Leigh worked for the USDA Food And Nutrition Service (FNS) distribution grants funds for food programs.