December 4, 2016

Free, Members-Only Webinar on ‘Useful Software and Apps for the Field and for the Office’

If you are a member of MBI, you don’t want to miss this upcoming, free webinar.  Presenter, Russ Bollig of Multivista, will review useful apps and software solutions that directly impact your day-to-day responsibilities in the field and in the office.  Do you wish you had more time in the day?  Involving technology in your day-to-day routines can dramatically change your ability to do more work in less time and drive efficiency.  Your day revolves around workflows from managing change orders, to schedule, to material deliveries, the submittal process, all the way to punch list management.  Integrating new technology into your workflows and that of others on your team can sometimes be challenging, so this webinar will also cover ease of use, versus bells and whistles.

Take Advantage of the Discounts Available to MBI Members!

MBI members are able to take advantage of a variety of discounts available exclusively through the Associated General Contractors of America. AGC’s Membership Discount Programs provide members access to high-quality services, cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line products. From discounts on vehicles to computers and software, AGC has partnered with some of the best to give you the most for your money and improve your daily business operations.  There are 20 discount programs available with companies we all use on a daily basis!

When it comes to your company’s bottom-line, your membership in MBI/AGC pays dividends. These value added discounts will give you the competitive advantage over your competition.

To access the listing of available discounts to members and their respective discount codes, you must be logged in to the MBI website. CLICK HERE to access the discount codes page. 

If you would like to take advantage of any of the discounts listed, you will also need your AGC of America ID number. 

For assistance with your MBI login information and/or AGC of America ID number, please contact Aly Schmidt at (515) 657-4380 or email at

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.)  

Get More Involved in Your Industry – Join a Committee!

MBI is fortunate to have a significant number of individuals who are willing to devote their time, talent and expertise to the Association and give back to the industry in a productive and meaningful way.  The MBI committee system is the backbone of the Association and is responsible for generating the many services, new ideas and policies that reflect the desires and needs of an ever changing industry.  Committee members travel from all over the state to participate in meetings designed to inform and produce programs and services that reflect the needs of the membership.

2016 Election Results

As the dust settled and all votes were counted on Election Night 2016, we knew that there was a shift in power, but had no idea as to the extent.  Starting at the top of the ticket, the presidential election was one that caught most everyone (except those in the Trump camp) by surprise.  Candidate Trump was able to connect with voters who were fed up with the status quo and wanted something different, regardless of what “different” looked like.  Likewise, down the ticket voters opted for a change for whatever reason.  Regardless to say, the results were beyond what any pundit could have predicted.

Few Sponsorships Remain for the 2016/17 Training Season – Act Today!

Each year, we hold events and leadership programs that are made possible by the gracious and continued support of our sponsoring partners.  We have a limited number of sponsorship opportunities remaining for the 2016/17 training season and have listed them below.  Sponsorship of an MBI event is an excellent way to deliver increased awareness and brand exposure for companies looking to make contacts with clients and mix business with pleasure.  Sponsorships are eligible to be tax-deductible and are also noted below.  Please take a look to see if your company would be interested in supporting any of the remaining opportunities.

Exhibit at the 2017 MBI Annual Winter Conference

The MBI Annual Winter Conference and Safety Day, on average, bring in over 1,000 participants each year and last year’s conference had nearly 1,400 construction professionals in attendance!  The conference includes awards presentations, professional development seminars and safety training for the commercial construction industry over a 2-day period of time.  Exhibitors have the opportunity to display their products and services and meet with both audiences over a two-day period of time - February 28 – March 1, 2017.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Have Your Company Highlighted for Safety Excellence

The submission deadline for this year’s safety awards will be here before you know it – December 16, 2016.  All finalists will be recognized and two of MBI’s contracting companies and two individuals will be announced as the award recipients at the highly visible Safety Awards Breakfast that will take place at the Annual Winter Conference.

Limited Space Remains for this Year’s The Leadership Experience Class!

Registration information went out last week for The Leadership Experience, a popular personal leadership series that has enjoyed great success each of the past four years.  We are excited to continue our executive coaching partnership with David Rabiner, CSP as he delivers this in-depth and highly interactive leadership series, as well as private one-on-one coaching with class participants.  The Leadership Experience workshops are not offered individually, but as an integrated series on the topics of communication, collaboration, culture and customer.

Are You and Your Employees Ready for a Crisis in the Workplace?

Is your company ready to handle an emergency event in the office, warehouse or on a job site?  Are your employees prepared to handle themselves, direct others and save lives in the case of an emergency?  Do they have a firm understanding of your company’s emergency action plan?  Do your facilities and job sites have a separate emergency action plan to address the multitude of disasters that can take place?

Bluebeam Revu Online Training Sessions

As the use of technology continues to evolve in the commercial construction industry, how employees learn must advance in sync.  This concept became crystal clear when members of the MBI Technology & Innovation Committee voiced their desire for training centered on Bluebeam software.  We have contracted with Bluebeam University, out of Pasadena, California, to deliver a unique, 3-part online training series, with two of the sessions remaining.  The online training series is a great opportunity to save money and train your employees on the Bluebeam Revu software.  Connect to these online training sessions from your conference room to train all of your employees for one low registration fee.

Blueprint Reading Training in Cedar Falls

The Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction Training Series that we have been holding have sold out in each location over the summer and fall.  We have one last series on the books that will be held in Cedar Falls in December.  Do you have employees that would benefit from receiving specialized training on reading blueprints and specifications?  If you’re answer is yes, sign up soon to be sure you have a seat in the classes before they sell out!

We are Now Accepting New, Unwrapped Toys for Toys for Tots!

MBI is pleased to once again partner with the Toys for Tots Campaign in Des Moines as a toy drop off location!  We are asking everyone to bring in new, unwrapped toys to our office to show how much the commercial construction industry cares about those less fortunate this holiday season.  We will be accepting toy donations until December 9th, at which time we will be delivering all donations to the Toys for Tots warehouse in Des Moines.  We encourage our members to consider contributing to this great cause!

Submission Deadlines are Quickly Approaching for Annual Awards Programs – SUBMIT NOW!

MBI takes great pride in recognizing individual and organizational achievements in the Iowa construction industry.  All finalists and winners receive recognition for their achievements at the highly visible awards events that take place at the Annual Winter Conference and we encourage you to submit nominations. The awards presentations continue to break attendance records, elevating the profile of the companies involved. In order to be awarded for all your efforts you must take part in the awards process.