Rising Trades Contractor Accelerator

The Rising Trades Contractor Accelerator is a curated business program designed to support diverse entrepreneurs in green construction and the high-performance buildings industry. Through customized coaching, strategic pairings with professional service providers and mentors, and practical education, we provide business counsel and connections to accelerate Black, Indigenous, and People of Color as leaders of sustainable construction.

 

Ready to grow your construction business? Fill out interest form below!

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Program Benefits

  • 8 months of curated support to help organize, network, and scale in green construction

  • 40+ hours of complementary business guidance from service professionals in critical areas such as bidding, estimating, bookkeeping, accounting, and legal counsel

  • Strategic networking with peers and experts in green construction

  • Access to a mentor network for one-on-one customized support

  • Practical education and ongoing training opportunities in the high-performance buildings industry

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About the Program + Partners

In partnership with SEED Collective, Emerging Builders, Business Services Collective, and Elevate, BE-Ex KC is supporting our regional workforce to meet the rapidly growing industry for high-performance buildings.  Strategies like energy efficiency, integration of renewable power, smart controls, EV charging stations, and green infrastructure are growing in popularity across all market sectors.  Coupled with more stringent building codes and the growing national movement for Building Energy Performance Standards, our workforce must meet the complex needs for decarbonizing and strengthening our communities for the next generation.  Powered by the generous support of the Kauffman Foundation, we envision a resilient Kansas City where BIPOC-led construction companies are growing our local economy through sustainable craftsmanship.

Our mission is to provide business counsel and connections to accelerate BIPOC contractors as leaders of sustainable construction. As high-performance building and resilient infrastructure practices are increasingly adopted in the Kansas City region, there is an opportunity for diverse contractors to be at the forefront and effectively capitalize on the opportunities presented by an emerging industry. Newer firms can specialize and build a competitive advantage over incumbent market players by adopting emerging practices, certifications, and credentials into their business. This program intentionally connects a network of diverse construction firms, service providers, and experts in green construction and the high-performance building industry.

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Elevate

Elevate seeks to create a just and equitable world in which everyone has clean and affordable heat, power, and water in their homes and communities — no matter who they are or where they live. Making the benefits and services of the clean energy economy accessible to everyone is how we fight climate change while supporting equity.

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SEED Collective

SEED Collective is a consultancy that exists to inspire and support the sustainability of entrepreneurs and communities through education, research and policy, and advocacy. We work with owners and leadership teams throughout the country to help streamline business models through systems and refined operational processes, engage strategic partners and stakeholders, and reach milestones in our executive accountability program.

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Business Services Collective

 

Business Services Collective matches BIPOC contractors to diverse back-office service providers. Our matchmaking supported by mentoring and coaching enhances the knowledge and capacity of construction businesses enabling their growth and profitability.

Become an Evergy or Spire Contractor Ally

Rising Trades Contractor Accelerator is working with our local utilities to help contractors familiarize themselves with utility programs and capitalize on the business development opportunities of sharing these programs with building owners.  

Sign up to be a trade ally to learn more about the opportunities available. By participating as a trade partner, you can promote incentive programs that can help your clients and grow your project work.  You will be included in a contractor database that can connect you with new clients.

 

Evergy Trade Ally Program                Spire Contractor Program