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construction-networking-groupJill McKibbin, owner of McKibbin Consulting and founder of Commercial Industrial Service Trades (CIST) – a category specific construction networking group – has spent most of her career in the construction field. With a vast amount of contacts, some have referred to Jill as the matchmaker for the construction industry.

What benefit does that bring to the clients she works with? There are a number of the mega projects–like Shell or the combined-cycle power plants–that have garnered headlines and make up big chunks of the dollars spent, but there has also been a steady stream of smaller, regionally-focused projects started.

When federal monies are involved, often larger companies are looking to partner for specialty contracts with minority companies. This partnership allows for smaller companies to grow and larger companies to compete for work with a diverse group of contractors.

specific-construction-networking-groupThe CIST groups were founded by Jill McKibbin in 2005 and have continued to grow over the past 10 years. The group is only open to clients of McKibbin Consulting. The organization has three Pittsburgh Chapters providing professional services for commercial buildings from the ground up, including but not limited to: construction, architects, engineering, interior design, landscaping, elevator services, IT services, staffing, office furniture, interior plant service, marketing, and commercial cleaning.

Each chapter has one unique participant per trade to prevent competitors from learning of construction contacts shared by others in the group. In addition to monthly meetings, there are open quarterly networking events for all trades and business professionals wanting to interface with the construction industry.

According to an article published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in May of 2018, “28 projects worth $1 billion under construction and more on the way: Downtown in midst of building boom.” That refers only to downtown. Do you know what’s happening in some of the surrounding counties?

With the rapid pace of change in Pittsburgh’s economy, is your company wanting to stay abreast of the growth in the region? Are you looking to connect with decision makers? Are you wanting to add support to your sales team in terms of leads? These are all things that McKibbin Consulting delivers.

To learn more about services, call 412-498-3572 or email jmckibbin@mckibbinconsulting.com.

Client Spotlight – Edmiston Group

Edmiston-GroupThe Edmiston Group is a Pittsburgh-based branding and marketing firm that has consistently delivered and implemented proven business marketing ideas and strategies for business growth. The firm works with businesses to build brand identity and strategic marketing plans utilizing print, web and social media channels. Action, innovation and professional service with a personal touch are what businesses receive with the Edmiston Group.

Edmiston Group works with a variety of construction and building trades clients. Their services include corporate identity logos, websites, brochures, social media management and other marketing materials that create a meaningful, cohesive marketing message. Hiring the Edmiston Group to oversee your marketing program will allow you to do what you do best…expand your business.

Utilizing a diverse team of professionals with strong brand strategy experience, the Edmiston Group has a comprehensive set of experiences and skills in such areas as: Marketing, Business Development, Strategic Planning and Public Relations.

For the MEI CyberCorp project, the owner created a jobsite monitoring product powered by solar energy that was used on construction and well drilling sites but didn’t have any type of company brand. They worked with the business owner to create a brand identity to include a new company name, prepare graphics for trucks and the product, conduct a professional video and photo shoot, create two websites, brochures and assist them to be ready to display at the oil and gas tradeshow.

Edmiston Group Informational Flyers:

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CAVCON, another Edmiston Group client, received a new website and new marketing materials. In their ongoing marketing support role, they write custom blogs, manage their newsletter, create custom ads and assist in PR for ground breaking events.

The Edmiston Group has helped their clients grow their business by:

  • Defining a clear and focused brand on what makes their business unique
  • Designing compelling sales and marketing pieces in both print and web
  • Identifying where to place advertising dollars
  • Measuring results

On either a project basis, or ongoing monthly retainer, clients served by the Edmiston Group receive Marketing Services in senior leadership, personalized attention, and experienced support – bringing fresh ideas for YOUR growing business.

Client Spotlight – Connections 4 Success

Connections-4-SuccessFor over the past decade, Connections 4 Success’ president, Vanessa Dodds, has successfully been bringing business growth, strategic innovation, expansion opportunities, alignment, and professional skills development to the public sector, small businesses, large nonprofits, and most recently the AEC trades’ industries. Connections 4 Success is a certified 8(a) woman-owned small business providing business strategies, organizational training series, and workforce training solutions for skilled trades, information technology companies, large nonprofits, the public sector, and their peripheral business partners.

Experience has included projects with a funding capital of over $4.5 million dollars. Various programs that were overseen experienced an increased return on investment of at least 50% up to 200%.

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Their organizational development agency offers business evaluations, needs and jobs analysis, risk assessments, business alignment strategies, growth and strategic plans for innovation and advancement, organizational restructuring, organizational training series, onboarding plans, as well as, professional development and skills training. Driving success with quality solutions is the Connections 4 Success promise. Vanessa’s high energy, “think-outside-the-box” strategies, and determination to help Connections 4 Success’ clients’ experience increased profits, performance, efficiency, and accountability is what differentiates Connections 4 Success from their competitors.

Recently, Connections 4 Success worked with Cadnetics on their business and operational alignment to launch them to the next phase of their expansion opportunities. Their services focused on restructuring Cadnetics’ organizational structure, addressing their need for increased accountability, and improved standard operating procedures. Connections 4 Success’ efforts will allow for Cadnetics to experience cost savings in reduced project overages, an improved business model, and accountability for the executive and project management team to improve project oversight.

connections-4-successConnections 4 Success also worked with the Ward Home, to assess the operational risk of their Supervised Independent Living Program in accordance with required government regulations, policies, and procedures. Connections 4 Success’ risk assessment and recommended mediation measures has allowed the Ward Home to correct operational procedures to avoid incompliance to state regulations, policies, and procedures while continuing to offer a premier independent living program for the regions foster youth and young adults.

Testimonials
McKibbin Consulting has helped Forkner Engineering grow quickly in our first year. The contacts that they have helped us make and the support they provide in building a business have been invaluable. Ms. McKibbin is truly invested in helping my company succeed.
W. Blaine Forkner, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Forkner Engineering LLC
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What types of clients are represented by McKibbin Consulting?

Architects
Audio Visual Engineers
Civil Engineers
Construction Cleanup
Construction Managers
Environmental Engineers
General Contractors
Geotechnical Engineers
MEP Engineers
Structural Engineers
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Who do McKibbin Consultants clients meet with?

Property Owners
Property Managers
Directors of Operation
Facilities Directors
Purchasing Agents
Architects