Trade and Focus Publication



NEWS 2021


Why recovery won't come easily for small and medium-sized construction firms


Ramped-up testing helps contractors fight delta variant


Despite dodging tax hikes in infrastructure bill, contractors could still see higher rates

7-20-2021 The Opportunity Project: Census Bureau’s Innovation Model Continues to Expand Through Post-COVID-19 Challenges

Researchers deploy autonomous excavator in real-world scenario

6-22-2021 Caltrans Awards $34 Million to Fund Future Sustainable Transportation Projects in Local Communities
6-19-2021 SANDAG’s proposed ‘road charge’ would piggyback on California’s plans for a per-mile driver fee
5-25-2021 SBA launches the Community Navigator Pilot Program
5-3-2021 PenFed Foundation VEIP is launching a Women Veteran "GOVCON" Boot Camp Accelerator – Applications open today, Monday, May 3, 2021
4-14-2021 Here's What's In President Biden's $2 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal
4-6-2021 ENTERPRISING WOMEN OF COLOR SPRING FORUM: Get in the Million Dollar Mindset
3-19-2021 Now Accepting Proposals: MBDA Federal Procurement Grant Competition OPEN!
Caltrans Unveils Vision for Future of Transportation
2/25/2021 BREAKING: SBA Launches Ascent ~ A free learning platform for women entrepreneurs

Federal contractor pays $293K in back wages to 69 employees in Nevada after US Department of Labor investigation finds prevailing wage violations


U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule to Modernize H-2A Temporary Agricultural Labor Certification Program

1/8/2021 SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening and Issue New Guidance










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Director of Administration, Finance, & Policy
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OSDB Manager
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