The Georgia Black Constructors Association was founded in June of 2005. The original founding members of the Georgia Black Constructors Association included: William “Bill” Cannon, Charlie , and Margaret Muhammad. This was developed as a “Boots On The Ground” Association that would work directly with the black constructions firms within the industry. The Founders believed that there were many Associations concerning “Minority” constructors however, not relating to or dealing directly with concerns of blacks in the industry. The concerns were that too many luncheons and dinners were taking placed on the corporate level and not enough concerns revolving around the economic inclusion versus the amount of construction taking place in Georgia.
The Association, as does with each area / region, started as a Developmental Team of five members from each region of Georgia. The Developmental Team travelled the state to meet with other constructors and obtain their concerns and ideas on how the By-Laws should read. After one year of travel and meetings through out the state of Georgia, the Association was developed fully as a Not for profit corporation. The Chapter Development included the following locations: Coastal | Metro-Atlanta | South Georgia | CSRA |Southwest Georgia| West Georgia & Northeast Georgia Chapter.
Markers in the Development of GBCA
After a senior citizen complains to State Rep. Roger Bruce about a contractor misappropriating funds and not rehabbing her home properly, he proposes House Bill to have all constructors to be fully licensed by the state and not just hold a business license. As the state of Georgia moved toward licensing the construction industry GBCA Advocated in conjunction with the Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC) and Secretary of State’s Licensing office under Governor Perdue to ensure proper legislation for Georgia’s State Licensing Law. Many of the original outlined suggested legislation completely remove the small businessperson from being able to operate, such as requiring liquid assets of at least three hundred thousand dollars to hold a general contractor’s license. By working as a unit (although it took many months of travelling back and forth to Macon and going before the Board), we were able to develop a plan of action and section the licenses to work for all. Although some have merged, they were as follows.
General Contractor Company
General Contractor Qualifying Agent
Residential Basic Individual
Residential Light Company
Residential Light Qualifying Agent
General Contractor Limited Tier QA
General Contractor Individual
Residential Basic Company
Residential Basic Qualifying Agent
Residential Light Commercial Individual
General Contractor Limited Tier IND
General Contractor Limited Tier CO
Overseeing day-to-day Georgia Black Constructors’ activities and delivery of services and programs to the membership is a full-time professional staff of knowledgeable individuals. Feel free to reach Georgia Black Constructors’ staff at our main number (678) 750-3486 or you can send us an email by clicking the “Contact Us” button below.
In 2014, GBCA worked in conjunction with Chatham County to supplying contractors for the new jail project. Black constructors from Atlanta and Savannah severed as Subs.
Most often black firms are unable to participate as a General or Subcontractor’s due to the bid bond process. Due to GBCA’s advocacy in College Park, the bid bond percentage was changed from ten percent to five percent. That may seem minor for some; however, for small businesses the five precent means a lot to the bottom line of the revenue. Most municipalities still have a no Bid policy – performance and payment bonds required. College Park still retains its bond requirement for bidding.
The Georgia Black Constructors Association offers continual educational classes for members and the general public including OSHA, Accident Investigation, Contractor Management, HAZWOPER Course & various certifications. Instructor: Raymond Goodrum with Qualsafe. GBCA is a certified Workforce Development Partner offering courses in Construction, Electrical, Plumbing and Mentorship advancement.
Today, Margaret Muhammad, the only original founding Member still participating, serves as both the President of the Local Atlanta Chapter as well as the Executive for the State. The Association Advocates and Educates for the Economic Inclusion of Blacks in Construction for the Private, State and Local construction projects.
In the state of Georgia, general contractors performing work over $2,500 and all residential contractors need to obtain a license at the state level. The licensing process is handled by the Georgia State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors under the guidance of the Secretary of State.