Companies and Employees
If you’re looking for a job or an employee in the WNY construction industry, the Construction Exchange has a solution for you. This is the first and only job posting app built for our industry, by our industry. It is a place to bring together hiring companies and potential employees. And it is just for you – the construction companies and construction workers of WNY.
The Construction Exchange is a leader in WNY construction education. From safety training to blueprint reading to mechanics liens, we have courses that can help you improve your skills.
Introduction to Blueprint Reading
Every Tuesday starting February 1st until March 8th
The Introduction to Blueprint Reading course is geared for those with limited or no blueprint reading experience. Both field and office personnel are encouraged to participate.
Upon completion of the six-week course, participants will be able to:
• Interpret line conventions, abbreviations and symbols
• Understand the different scales used on drawings and recognize the difference between architect’s scale and engineer’s scale drawings
• Read and interpret the notes and schedules located on drawings
• Review and understand basic construction drawings including plan views, elevations, sections and details
• Perform coordination exercises using several drawings, for example, coordination between architectural and structural drawings
• Perform simple quantity take-off exercises
Each participant is responsible to bring a yellow highlighter and pencil or pen to make notes on the blueprints. Notebooks to record personal observations are optional.
*Minimum of 10 participants required to run the course.
Recruiter’s Secrets Every Hiring Manager Should Know
Start the year off with strategies and tips you can use right now to address our overwhelming challenges in hiring the talent we need to sustain and grow our businesses. Join Lynn Novo, President and Principal Recruiter at Nordstrom Williams, as she reveals secrets from her 30 years in the recruiting profession!
The class has been broken into 2, allowing you to register for 1 or both of the classes being offered Thursday. Specific class descriptions are as follows:
PART 1: Finding & Attracting Candidates from 3-4pm
Learn how to…
-write a job posting that gets results,
-use Indeed and other job boards effectively,
-respond to candidates
PART 2: Interviewing & Hiring from 4-5pm
Learn how to…
-convert posting responses to qualified candidates,
-present an offer that gets accepted,
-avoid “ghosts” and no-shows
NYS Sexual Harassment Webinar
Whenever you choose!
All employers in New York State are required to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training to their employees. Meet the requirement in 30 minutes in this webinar!
Email Jenn Van Dusen at email@example.com for registration details!
NY Wage Theft: Status, Risks, and Best Practices
January 21, 2022
New York Senate Bill 2766 is scheduled to go into effect on January 4, 2022. This presentation discusses the new legislation, focusing on the liability created and safeguards provided, as well as contracting practices to mitigate risk.
Presented By: Ryan Pitman, Goldberg Segalla
Business Basics: Construction & Insurance
February 18, 2022
In this class, learn about typical insurance requirements and why it is needed, how insurance protects your business, and insurance compliance with owners and subcontractors.
Presented By: Drew Miller, Webster Szanyi, LLP & Traci Brzezinski & Kevin Ross, Lawley Insurance
Testing for Drugs & Alcohol in the Workplace
February 2, 2022
The first webinar offered in this Series addresses policies and procedures surrounding Drugs and/or alcohol testing in the workplace–with a special focus on cannabis. Hear not only the legal requirements but the practicality of it on the worksite. Topics covered will include:
-Pre-employment and reasonable suspicion testing
-Discrimination issues related to drug and alcohol testing in the workplace
-Interaction between federal and state laws
-Practical implications of managing drug and alcohol testing in the workplace
Presented By: Lorisa D. LaRocca, Woods, Oviatt & Gilman and
Tony DiTucci, Livingston Associates
Business Basics: Marketing Tools & Strategies
November 11, 2021
When you hear the word “marketing,” what do you think of? Maybe it’s the annual Budweiser Super Bowl commercial (you know – the tear-jerker with the dog and the horse?) Or, how about that pesky Wegmans billboard on the Scajaquada highway that routinely spurs a hunger pang.
The truth is that marketing is so much more than that giant billboard plastered with pizza – especially for your construction-related business. This module is designed to help you develop a well-rounded understanding of marketing tools and strategies that will assist in promoting growth and sustaining it.
In this module, you can expect to learn how to differentiate your firm from the competition through…
Brand building & management
Understanding and using B2B marketing
Opportunity evaluation & “go”/”no go” strategies
Value proposition development
Return on Investment (RoI) identification
Social media & digital marketing
Budget-friendly advertising alternatives
HERO Act Webinar
October 28, 2021
Join Stacey Trien from Adams & Leclair to get your COVID law update in 60 minutes! Hear and understand the updated safety requirements and the mandates related to COVID vaccinations and testing.
The Online Plan Room
October 19, 2021
Learn what every Construction Exchange Member needs to know about the system! Presented by Plan Room Manager, Kristie Gerace, and Membership Director, Adam Guglielmi
Protecting Your Business Against Rising Material Costs
October 15, 2021
• Material Price Escalation Clauses
• How/if Force Majeure clauses can be used for material price increase and unavailable materials
• Addressing delays and extensions of time due to unavailability of materials
• Requesting change orders for material cost increases
• Requesting to use alternative materials
• Liability and claims for not completing work because of increased costs or unavailability of materials
• Practical considerations for dealing with increased construction costs
• Considerations for future projects
Business Basics: Accounting & Cost Projecting
October 13, 2021
-Major components of the Financial Statements
-Cash Flow Planning
-Change Order & Claims
Online Plan Room Overview
September 14, 2021
Learn what every Construction Exchange member needs to know about the system to get the best out of it!
Business Basics: Legal & Risk Management
September 29, 2021
The presentation focuses on critical business and construction issues for small to mid-size contractors.
1. Protecting your personal assets and corporate structure.
2. Practical considerations for avoiding problematic projects.
3. Important AIA contract terms.
4. Changes in work.
5. Scope of work disputes & payment disputes.
6. Collecting payment.
7. Avoiding common pitfalls that hurt small businesses.