March 24, 2017

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Do You Want to Learn How to Make More Money?

If your answer isn’t ‘YES!’, then these upcoming training offerings are not for you.  But, if you are interested in finding out how to make more money in the years to come, read on. 

Most construction companies grow to a certain level, get used to doing business their way, stop growing, and then start making less and less money. Why? Contractors get comfortable doing things the same way, don’t want to try new ways of doing business, won’t change how they run their companies, don’t want to do the hard things to improve, and stop learning. 

We’re Going to Playa del Carmen in 2018 – Who’s Coming With?!

On behalf of MBI’s Convention & Travel Committee, we would like to invite you to attend the Master Builders of Iowa “Out-of-Country Excursion” to Playa del Carmen, Mexico following next year’s Annual Winter Conference!  The trip is scheduled for March 1 – 6, 2018 at the luxurious adults-only Paradisus Playa del Carmen – La Perla, an all-inclusive beach resort.

A Look Back at 2016

We are happy to report that 2016 was a year of many successes.  We saw record attendance in nearly every program and event that was held and there were many new initiatives that were rolled out throughout the year.  The 2016 Annual Report is now available online for review and we encourage you to take a few minutes to see what took place this past year!

Join Iowa’s Commercial Contracting Association and Receive a $300 Coupon Towards Training!

All firms joining MBI from now until the end of June will receive a $300 coupon good towards a one time use on education and/or safety training conducted by MBI.  The coupon can be redeemed towards training at the Winter Conference and the Project Manager/Supervisor Series.  Other seminars may be added in the course of the year that would qualify for coupon use.  (Does not include the Leadership Experience, MB EYE on the Future or Cornerstone Academy.)  

Construction Week Was a Success!

We want to THANK everyone for a SUCCESSFUL first annual Construction Week!  The purpose of Construction Week was to increase the awareness and dialogue about the great career opportunities available in our industry.  After the hundreds of posts on social media, articles published, schools visited and television interviews done, I think it is safe to say that we successfully made many more members of our communities aware of what the construction industry has to offer!

The numbers below are some figures from just the MBI Facebook account.  These do not include all of the reach that was made through other companies and individuals posting about Construction Week.  

  • 187,680 – Reach (the number of people our posts reached during Construction Week)
  • 7,707 – Engagements (the number of times people engaged in our posts during Construction Week through likes, comments, shares, etc.)
  • 496 – Video Views

We have put together a photo gallery on the MBI website of the many posts and photos that were done during Construction Week by MBI and a multitude of companies and individuals connected to the construction industry.  You can view the gallery by following this link –

Thank you again, and remember, Construction Week is more than a week-long event, it is a year-round commitment to raise awareness of the vast opportunities available in the construction industry.

The 2017 Construction Week will be celebrated October 2 - 6, 2017!


How Are You Planning to Celebrate the 1st Annual Construction Week?!

The first annual Construction Week celebration is set for October 3 – 7, 2016!  The purpose of Construction Week is to promote community awareness of the construction industry as a safe, exciting and rewarding career option.  Construction Week is an opportunity for those in the construction industry to reach out to their local schools in an effort to inform students, parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators on the commercial construction industry and the opportunities for great careers within it.  It is easy to get involved in promoting Construction Week as a compa

Dollar for Dollar - A Scholarship Fundraising Campaign

In an effort to continue its leadership and support of the programs at ISU and UNI, the volunteer leaders of the MBI Scholarship & Academic Advisory Committee are proud to announce a scholarship fundraising campaign that will dedicate Association funds to students of these fine institutions.  The MBI Board of Directors has made a commitment to a “dollar for dollar match,” up to $500,000, for funds raised during this scholarship campaign, which will conclude on December 31, 2015.

The ACE Mentor Program Needs Local Volunteers

The ACE Mentor Program of Central Iowa (ACE C-IA) is an affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program of America.  Celebrating its tenth year, ACE C-IA has served over 800 students, utilized over 160 industry mentors, and has worked with over 60 construction related firms.  In addition, ACE C-IA has awarded 57 scholarships for a total of $114,000 to students participating in Central Iowa through the generous donations by local architecture, construction and engineering firms.  The ACE Mentor Program of Central Iowa was recognized as an exemplary STEM Program by Governor Branstad’s STEM Advisory Counc


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