Alameda County Contractor Bonding Assistance Program Presents: Contractor Bonding 101 – Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Alameda County Public Works Agency, 951 Turner Court, Hayward, CA 94545 

Learn the fundamentals of Bonding from Nhung Saephan, a Senior Contract Bond Underwriter with Tokio Marine HCC, and the Contractor Bonding Assistance Program. Attendees will learn the following:

Why Bonding is necessary for Public Works Projects
How to qualify for bonding
How bonding can help grow your business
Information on how the Contractor Bonding Assistance Program can assist your company

Download the event flyer.

For more information and to register, visit:  Contractor Bonding 101 Eventbrite Registration


East Bay: GSA JOC Informational Seminars

Dates and Locations:

August 27, 2019 @ 10:30 am – Noon
Alameda County Public Works Building
4825 Gleason Drive, Room 410, Dublin, CA 9468

August 29, 2019 @10:30 am – Noon
951 Turner Court, Room 230 A/B, Hayward, CA

GSA will be bidding 5 new $1m JOC contracts this summer. ternoon session will take place in Hayward. Presentations will be made by Gordian Group (JOC consultant), David Barba (managing the bid process), OAP (ECOP goals and requirements), and Merriwether & Williams (Carol Henry, Program Manager – Contractor Bonding Assistance Program). MWIS is also providing outreach and meeting coordination services.

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For more information and to register, visit:  Dublin GSA Eventbrite Registration OR Hayward GSA Eventbrite Registration



Los Angeles: How To Do Business with SoCalREN – Thursday, August 22, 2019, 9 AM – 1 PM

Location: Aagla Apartment Association, 621 South Westmoreland Avenue #100, Los Angeles, CA 90005 

MWIS has partnered with Emerald Cities to provide education, training and one-on-one coaching for small, diverse businesses looking to add to their capabilities in sustainability. Come learn about the Southern California Renewable Energy Network (SoCalRen) Multifamily Residential Retro Fit Program and the opportunities for small diverse businesses..

Registration required and space is limited. To register, visit:  SoCalRen Multifamily Workshop.

Los Angeles: Metro’s Contractor Development and Bonding Program Presents “Obtaining Bonding for Metro” – Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services, 550 South Hope Street, Suite 1835, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Special attendance from Gene Hale & Bill Osgood!

Metro actively works to expand contracting opportunities for Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises through its DVBE Program. We recognize veterans’ service to our country and their leadership here at home as business owners whose dedication and hard work help fuel a robust local economy. Our Metro Contractor Development and Bonding Program is designed to expand your contracting opportunities and support you in successfully bidding on projects.

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To register, please visit Metro Connect Eventbrite Registration.


Los Angeles: Congratulations Summer 2019 BuildLAX Graduates!

On August 8th 2019, the City of Los Angeles Contractor Development and Bonding Program along with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) celebrated the inaugural graduating class of the BuildLAX Academy with a graduation ceremony at the Flight Path Museum in Los Angeles, CA. The eight-week long academy was designed to prepare local, small business contractors to secure and successfully execute projects at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Read more about the BuildLAX Academy.

Download the Graduate Contractor Profiles.

For more details about the BuildLAX Academy and information on additional services and training, please contact Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services by phone at 213.258.3000 or email us at

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