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Old 12-29-2008, 02:34 AM   #1
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A friend of mine that does road construction is wanting to go out on his own and wants me to go with him. He claims that if Obama releases all the infastructure money next year with all the road construction that will be going on he wants to start an erosion control company. Would this be a good business venture? ( let's take obama out of the equation, and just look at the construction part of it.)
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:20 AM   #2
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My personal opinion on partnerships is stay out of them.

Why does he want you to join him?
Why would you want to enter into a business that is not your core business? (you state carpenter/painter) when construction picks up you will be in a better position to gain by working in the trade you are best at, and have experience in, as opposed to learning something new.

As far as what will occur with the new administration is yet to be seen, I would not place my bets on legislation that has yet to be written.

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Old 12-29-2008, 01:19 PM   #3
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Erosion control is a tough way to make a living. It's not so much doing the work but getting paid for it is another story. It's just like anything else. Usually the DBE businesses get the erosion control landscaping contracts for infrastructure projects as they are federally funded. If you were going to set this company up I would do it as a minority venture. Road contractors have a hard time keeping up with DBE goals and this is one of the ways they keep in compliance.
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:18 PM   #4
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Totallly agree with the later part of your reply. My main interest in it was, that i was told there were not enough people doin it and there would be a market for it. Just wanted an opinion of someone who has nothing to gain from.... been in partnerships before and if i was going to do this I would probably go work for someone, learn the ropes and go out on my own. I know i have Carpenter/ painter as my trade but I am skilled in other areas. I guess the best way to put it is carpentry and painting are how i currently earn an income.
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i would say its a good business to be in.. thats what we do, im salivating myself over the money that will be spent on the infastructure.. laws regarding erosion/soil control are only getting tougher and people are having to be a lot more compliant as well.... but it will be hard as most landscapers have some type of wbe,mbe,sbe,dbe status...

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Can one of you explain DBE a little better for me?
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DBE = Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
Thus a minority owned, female owned business will get the contract / win the bid even if they have a higher price so said agency will meet certain quota's

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