The Strategic Partnership Program is a key element of Clark’s holistic effort to support small businesses on a national scale. We developed the program in concert with Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business in 2006 with the goal of fostering both the technical and professional development that small contractors need to realize their business objectives and confidently compete for new construction opportunities.
Offered at no cost to participants, the Strategic Partnership Program features a rigorous curriculum consisting of weekly classes, supplemented by special workshops and extended learning sessions. Through the months-long professional development course, business owners receive comprehensive construction management and business skills training from experienced industry leaders.
Clark’s building professionals shepherd the program and work alongside outside subject matter experts to lead in-depth classroom discussions on topics such as finance and accounting, insurance and bonding, project management, contract review, estimating, and purchasing, as well as general business competencies, such as networking and presentation skills. The program’s intensive Capstone Project further underscores the importance of business soft skills, teamwork, and forming strategic relationships to strengthen competitive advantage and likelihood of success on future pursuits.