The Barbour Group, LLC and Alliance for Hispanic Commercial Contractors have news to share. As the landscape of the construction industry changes, I am excited to announce that I have been selected to represent both companies on Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Stanley X’s Construction Technology Advisory Board (CTAB)! CTAB is a collaborative community that works to bring together professionals from the construction industry to drive innovation through ideation, early product testing, and industry events. I’m looking forward to this unique new opportunity and to assisting CTAB in building a better construction ecosystem for the future!

To learn more about Stanley X’s Construction Technology Advisory Board, visit

A press release to announce our partnership with SBDC is forthcoming.

I also have some good news to share.  Below is press release on my appointment to the SBA’s National Advisory Board for the Small Business Development Center. – SBA’s article

The Barbour Group’s Press Release –  CLICK HERE


AHCC is excited to announce a new strategic partnership with The Blue Book Building & Construction Network® and Lillian L. L. Together we will engage training and education to Hispanic Commercial Contractors. Lillian will assist our members with navigating and implementing benefits, organize meet and greets with selected owners & general contractors, provide project leads and much, much more. AHCC commends The Blue Book in their outreach to the Hispanic community and for embracing our efforts.


Join Chesapeake Employers’​ Insurance Company for their Town Hall Meeting on February 22, 2021. If safety and workman comp issues are your concern, register to ask your questions. For example, what if your employee doesn’t want to receive the COVID vaccine? Learn how to mitigate risk for your company, yourself and employees. Register Here: #jobsafety #contractors #covid19economy #hispanic #safety #workplacesafety


Hello and a belated Happy New Year to AHCC members, supporters, and sponsors. Thanks for understanding our difficulties in not being fully operational during the pandemic. We were always here for our members to provide any support you needed on an individual basis. Webinars were off in running before March 2020 and will resume in February 2021. We need your support to continue.

We extend our condolences to anyone who lost a loved one to the pandemic. If financial hardship is at your feet, know that we will try to help you.

We did not ask for any new or renewed sponsorship or memberships in 2020 so as not to be a financial burden. But, we do need your support for 2021 to continue our mission to empower and advance Hispanic Commercial Contractors and our partners by providing the resources and access required to build profitable and productive relationships.

For January, I am briefly presenting on surety bonding in two free events not hosted by AHCC. Check out the other subject matter experts who will be presenting too.

January 21st – BWI Contracting – Outreach/Business Development
Host – Bill Villanueva, Deputy Director, Office of Fair Practices
When: 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Event Link

January 21st – Contracting Win-Win: Be a Master Negotiator – Part 4 of Series
Host – Russ Teter, III, CVB, MBA, Director of Training, SBDC at University of Maryland
When: 11:15 am to 2:00 pm
Event Link

Below are some upcoming FREE AHCC events. We will be adding to this list in a few more weeks.

February 9th – Best Proposal Practices to Overcome 2020 Downturn – Part 1 of 2
Presenter – Carrie Ann Williams, CPSM, President and CEO, Andana Consulting, LLC
When: 11 am to 12 pm
Zoom Link

February 23rd – Best Proposal Practices to Overcome 2020 Downturn – Part 2 of 2
Presenter – Carrie Ann Williams, CPSM, President and CEO, Andana Consulting, LLC
When: 11 am to 12 pm
Zoom Link

February 24th – COVID-19 Contract Language and Employment Considerations to Safeguard Construction Contractors
Presenters – Sean Milani-Nia, Esq., Partner, Fox Rothschild and Rachel Severance, Fox Rothschild
When: 11 am to 12 pm
Zoom Link

March 2nd – Understanding the Critical Path Schedule – How to Analyze and Respond to General Contractor Directives to Protect Your Payments and Reduce Your Risks – Part 1 of 2
Presenter – Alan Paquette, B.Sc., PMP, Principal Consultant, Construction Analytix, LLC
When: 11 am to 12 pm
Zoom Link

March 9th – Understanding the Critical Path Schedule – How to Analyze and Respond to General Contractor Directives to Protect Your Payments and Reduce Your Risks – Part 2 of 2
Presenter – Alan Paquette, B.Sc., PMP, Principal Consultant, Construction Analytix, LLC
When: 11 am to 12 pm
Zoom Link

April 13th – Maryland Procurement and Board of Contract Appeals – Insights and Advice from The Top
Presenter: Dana Dembrow, former Administrator Law Judge for Board of Contract Appeals (10 years) and former Director of Procurement for Dept. of Health (5 years)
When: 11 am to 12 pm
Zoom Link

May 3rd – How to Get MBE Certified by MDOT – In Spanish Only
Presenters: Cely Argueta of BNG Consulting and Vanessa Lopez, Co-Founder AHCC
When: 6 pm to 8 pm
Zoom Link

August 3rd – How to target construction opportunities for 2022
Presenter – Carrie Ann Williams, CPSM, President and CEO, Andana Consulting, LLC
When: 11 am to 12 pm
Zoom Link

Congratulations to Cely Argueta in gaining a gig with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission to teach their classes in Spanish and English via Zoom. Cely is a longtime member and supporter of AHCC. For more information go to or email/phone at / 301-401-7317.

You can reach us at AHCC by emailing or or through our main sponsor, The Barbour Group, LLC – contact information listed below:

Bond, Build and Grow Together



October 21st & 22nd – Live Training Sessions via Zoom
October 28th & 29th – Recording for previous week with live Q&A via Zoom
Times: 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST

Topics for AHCC Training:

Oct. 21st & Oct. 28th Replay – CLICK HERE TO JOIN
Battery Safety & Proper Care – Sanitation / Cleaning of Hand Tools and Power Tools

  • Learn the proper way to care for your power tool batteries safely and extend their shelf-life.
  • Learn safe cleaning and sanitation of hand and power tools to keep everyone healthy.

Oct. 22nd & Oct. 29th Replay – CLICK HERE TO JOIN
Product Innovation – Cordless & Safety Driven Solutions for Every Trade

  • Learn the latest innovations in tools with safety in mind


Both sessions will be one hour total including a live Q&A for the last 15-minutes.

For more information about the webinars or AHCC, email or
contact via mobile 443-324-6854 –


Effective July 10, 2020, The Barbour Group, LLC and The Alliance for Hispanic Commercial Contractors (AHCC) solidified a strategic relationship with Tucker, Albin & Associates, Inc. of Richardson, Texas (TAA). “We wanted to figure out a way to help our clients’ cash flow on projects that have payment issues.

This relationship will provide a way in which our clients and members can pursue change orders and construction claims/litigation on a contingency basis,” says Karen Barbour.

TAA has over 150 years of combined experience pursuing construction claims on a nationwide basis using their vast network of attorneys. TAA provides a NO COST ANAYLSIS & GUIDANCE report. Their complimentary services include credit, asset & liability forensic reports, contractual reviews, an attorney-monitored investigation, and diplomatic debt-mediation for your collections.

This strategic relationship gives you discounted contingency rate fees. No fees are charged unless TAA wins your case. TAA’s network consists of 500 plus attorneys in all jurisdictions who work on a contingency basis for contract litigation.

If TAA believes there is no victory for the case, they will provide you with the facts as to why at no cost to you which your own attorney can then use. TAA can also help you collect on judgments and past due receivables on a contingency basis, too.

To be able to access their services and reduce fees, use passcode BarbourGroup or AHCC. For small businesses, The Barbour Group believes this is a giant step to making sure your company remains sustainable.

For more information, go to Our key contact at TAA is Jonathan Edwards, who can be reached at (P) 469-424-3033 Ext. 565 (M) 512-803-6800 (F) 972-996-2971


The Barbour Group, LLC is an award winning and nationally licensed surety agency servicing the needs of start-ups to Fortune 1000 firms. It is a 100% WOSB. The Alliance for Hispanic Commercial Contractors is a not for profit organization that provides education and training to Hispanic commercial contractors to help them better navigate the procurement process to prosper, grow and become more sustainable.

For more information, please visit their websites: and

Join us for an interactive webinar on finance and bonding and the trigger most important to gain you the bonding capacity and financial know-how you need to grow your company. Join me and Kirk W. McLaren, CEO, MBA, CPA, IFM as we discuss ways to satisfy the IRS and the surety, while retaining as much profit as possible for your company. Small Businesses need inside information as to how sureties and financial institutions evaluate your financial information and how that impacts your bonding credit, rate, indemnity requirements and company, overall.

Tue Jul 28, 2020 12pm – 12:50pm Eastern Time – New York
Click below to Join – Revised Link