STREAMLINING THE PERMITTING PROCESS
Debbie Marcoulier, RSV Building Solutions
Learn how to navigate the permitting process at all levels of government. Understanding the requirements and inner-workings of each agency can help you speed up project timelines.
If you’re not in heavy highway or transportation construction, now is a good time to get in. Transportation infrastructure construction on the west coast is booming with $252 billion worth of investments planned for Washington, Oregon, and California over the next several decades. Many of the packages are in the early phases and there is already a capacity issue with a lack of firms available for projects going out to bid. For WSDOT projects, this means that bids have been higher than the engineer’s estimate and some work has been deferred. If a firm is not already in the WSDOT program, there are ways for businesses to gather the relevant experience on agency projects, which could help each build a pathway towards more work and contribute to a competitive local contracting market.
Jeannet will briefly cover the support PTAC offers contractors as it relates to government contracting.
CONTRACTOR'S GUIDE TO LIEN LAW
Albert Schlotfeldt, Schlotfeldt Law Firm
Gain practical insight into the intricacies of lien law. Understanding the legalities can help protect your business from the financial impact of liens.
LEGALITIES OF PREVAILING WAGE IN WA, OR, AND FEDERAL CONTRACTS
Paige Spratt, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Prevailing wage can be a tricky to understand. Paige will compare and contrast the Prevailing Wage laws in Oregon, Washington, and Federal public works projects. Topics covered will include: types of projects where prevailing wage is required, proper rates to use based on the project type and location (including overtime), prevailing wage compliance on projects (including rights and responsibilities), the most common ways contractors and public owners get in trouble with Prevailing Wage laws, and recent legal updates to these laws.
REALITIES OF PREVAILING WAGE COMPLIANCE
Dawn Egbert, Port of Vancouver
Have your questions ready, this will be an interactive session tailored to help you navigate the prevailing wage matters that challenge you. Learn what it takes to comply with prevailing wage standards within your business. Dawn will facilitate a discussion between a panel of experts who work to adhere to the legalities of prevailing wage in their jobs every day. The panelists will answer questions about thresholds, documentation that is required, online vs paper forms, wage determinations and how to navigate them, processes, resources and more.
Randy McCaleb, Port of Vancouver, Contract Manager (pictured above)
Chuck Ziegert, Washington Labor and Industries: Industrial Relations Agent
Hans Schmeusser, Rotschy, Inc.: Project Manager
Paige Spratt, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt: Associate
CONTRACTING IN OREGON
Ruth Miles, Office of Small Business Assistance, Oregon Secretary of State
Turn Oregon into your economic playground and expand your business' footprint. The Office of Small Business Assistance will walk you through every hoop you need to jump through in order to expand into Oregon. With their business plan and support, doing Oregon construction projects will no longer seem intimidating or be a cause for frustration. Topics will include Construction Contractors Board requirements, examples of specific required licensing, Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity, how to bid on government contracts with ORPIN, resources for working with ODOT, and the services of the Office of Small Business Assistance.
EMPLOYEE RETENTION: WOULD I WORK FOR ME?
Eric Sawyer, BBSI
A look at the qualities of great leadership and how to harness those qualities to improve your retention efforts. Learn how the labor market and generational pools affect retention and how to overcome the most common pitfalls.
IMPLEMENTING, EXECUTING & MANAGING A RETURN TO WORK PROGRAM FOR INJURED WORKERS
Matt Johnson, JRT Mechanical
Implementing an early return to work plan for industrially injured workers is one of the most cost effective actions an employer can do to mitigate potentially high dollar claims, control premiums and reduce their EMR. This presentation will include the process for putting a written return to work plan in place, educating key staff within the company and addressing an effective communication plan with physicians and the injured employee. It will also cover the process to mitigate further indemnity costs should a worker fail to participate and manage potential high permanent partial disability payouts. The topic will touch on accessing funds through LNI’s Return to Work Program and other incentives available through the LNI.
Kevin Hiebert, Resonate Consulting
Delays, waste, inefficient procedures create frustration for your customers and your employees. Is there a way to work better, smarter and more efficiently? LEAN is a proven methodology to increase value to your customers and make your work easier.
LEAN process improvement streamlines projects and improves organizational efficiency. LEAN process improvement engages your teams to develop lasting solutions, solve problems/frustrations and improves your business. All with the focus on delivering value to your customer.
At it’s core, LEAN enhances value on project and uncovers where there are wasted resources or frustration and works to solve them in the areas of wasted time, wasted movement and wasted human potential.
GET A GRIP ON YOUR BUSINESS
Don Sasse, High Country NW
Clarify. Simplify. Achieve your vision.
Are you a business owner or a senior level executive and want to see your business consistently run better and grow faster? At the conclusion of this workshop you will walk away with a set of simple, practical tools that you and your leadership team will use immediately to focus on priorities, get clear on issues and gain traction together, as a healthier leadership team. For more information, refer to flyer.
GET PAID FOR CHANGES & PROTECT YOUR CLAIM RIGHTS
Bryce Sinner, Landerholm
Learn how to ensure you're paid for project changes, how to adequately track those changes, and the legal notice requirements that should be made for each change.
CONTRACTOR INSURANCE AND BONDING JEOPARDY
Ken Schmidt, ALMEA Insurance
Get a complete understanding of insurance and bonding with this fun, jeopardy-themed session. Topics covered during the game will include: insurance coverage concerns, bonding coverage concerns, other contractor coverages, features, and benefits.