Women Owned Roofing Company Makes History

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First federal Woman Owned Small Business construction contract awarded to Advantage Building Contractors, Inc.

Trish Summers, President and Lynn Sutton, CEO

My partner Trish and I are committed to making construction a more diverse industry that fully recognizes the capabilities of women and other minorities.

The face of construction is changing. Advantage Building Contractors, Inc. based in Atlanta, Georgia recently achieved a milestone in construction history. The company was awarded the first federal Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) construction contract in August 2011. Work will be performed in Peoria, Illinois at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) which is the flagship research facility for the USDA.

The federal government established the WOSB Federal Contract Program, providing equal access to federal contracting opportunities for Women Owned Small Businesses and Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB) in late 2010. The program allows contracting officers to set aside specific federal contracts for WOSBs and EDWOSBs.

“I am very humbled and grateful that we have been awarded this opportunity. There are many women and advocates for women that have paved the way for my firm that have not received public recognition for their efforts and contributions. Thank you to all who have made this possible for us. My partner Trish and I are committed to making construction a more diverse industry that fully recognizes the capabilities of women and other minorities. Even though women make up fifty one percent of the US population, only eight percent of businesses are owned by women. The percentage of women owned companies is further diminished when applied to the construction industry. We still have much work to do and I am confident that we are making huge progress.” Lynn Sutton, CEO of Advantage Building Contractors, Inc.

Earlier this year, Advantage was awarded another historical federal contract for $1.4 million to perform roofing work on the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. The company was the first in Georgia to install a white star certified roof. They were awarded the contract under the US Small Business Administration 8(a) program. The owners of the company, Lynn Sutton and Trish Summers, have qualified the firm for multiple set aside statuses to include 8(a), Woman Owned Small Business, Veteran Owned Small Business, African American Business Enterprise, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.

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