Bay Area E-Contractor Academy

Sep 28 2:00 pm — 5:30 pm

Emerald Cities Collaborative E-Contractor Academy is a FREE
7-week workshop series focused on building the capacity of
small, disadvantaged, and local construction contractors to
successfully do business in climate-critical fields
such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building electrification.

Schedule of weekly sessions: 
September 28th, 2023 - Intro to building electrification best practices
October 5th, 2023 - Electrification Retrofits: Codes & Cases-studies
October 12th, 2023 - Public & Government Contracting
October 19th, 2023 - Growing & Managing your business
October 26th, 2023 - High Road Contracting (tour training facility)
November 2nd, 2023 - Estimating & bidding for decarbonization projects
November 9th, 2023 - Academy Graduation & upcoming project opportunities

Participants will receive business support guidance and be connected to project opportunities in the Bay Area. After completion, ECC will award a $1,500 grant to contractors to utilize for their business needs. Participants can receive one-one-one assistance in areas such as:

  • Book-keeping
  • Marketing
  • Estimating
  • Certifications

Priority will be given to firms with the following characteristics:

  • Licensed contractors in Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC trades
  • Disadvantaged-owned Business Enterprises (prior certification not required):
    • Minority-owned
    • Woman-owned
    • Veteran-owned
  • Business Revenue from $250K – $1M
  • Project Scopes from $100K to $1M
  • Owners seeking to grow their business!

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Building Electrification Best Practices
  • Growing & Managing Your Business
  • Public & Government Contracting
  • Estimating & Bidding for Decarbonization Projects

Meet Your Speaker

Thomas Burns,

Procurement Specialist

Norcal APEX Accelerator

Thomas Burns has over 20 years of experience providing start-ups, micro & small businesses with expert advice and assistance in the areas of government contracting, business planning, marketing and sales support. His background includes providing direct representation to small businesses, writing business plans for 50+ clients, bidding and winning multiple contracts with City, County, State agencies as well as doing business with prime contractors in a variety of industries here in Northern California.

Mr. Burns has personally trained, coached and assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs, professionals and small business owners. He has taught webinars, seminars and conducted workshops focusing on building relationships with Prime Contractors, creating winning business plans and marketing to government agencies. Through his personal experience as a business owner, Thomas brings a unique perspective to the small business community.

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Location: IN PERSON – Santa Rosa, CA

Advanced Clean Energy Center

741 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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Event Contact: Emerald Cities Collaborative


The information provided in this webinar/ workshop and any supplementary materials provided to registrants are intended for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute professional financial or legal advice. No registrant should act or fail to act on the basis of any material contained in this webinar/ workshop without obtaining proper financial, legal or other professional advice specific to their situation. The Northern California APEX Accelerator, and its host, the HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation, specifically disclaims any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the information presented in this webinar/ workshop. By registering for this webinar/ workshop you acknowledge and agree that you have read, understood, accept and agree to the above disclaimer and that under no circumstances shall the Northern California APEX Accelerator or it’s host, the HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation, be held liable for any claims, losses, or damages of any kind or nature arising out of or in any way related to the information provided in this webinar/ workshop and/or the registrant’s use of or reliance on said information.

This No-Cost Training Event is Hosted by

Emerald Cities Collaborative

Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a national nonprofit network of organizations working together to advance a sustainable environment while creating sustainable, just and inclusive economies with opportunities for all — an approach we call “the high road.” ECC develops energy, green infrastructure and other sustainable development projects that not only contribute to the resilience of our metropolitan regions but also ensure an equity stake for low-income communities of color in the green economy.

Who We Are:

Norcal APEX Accelerator

Northern California APEX Accelerator is a government-funded nonprofit formed to help small businesses find, bid on, and win contracts with federal, state, local, and tribal agencies.