Location
Department of Watershed Management
72 Marietta Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

Start Date
2007

Reference
Susan J. Ross
City of Atlanta
Department of Watershed Management
72 Marietta Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
404.546.3202

Support Services
City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management
Small Business Development Program

JAT is providing support services to the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management Small Business Development Program in helping small, minority, and female businesses compete successfully for work on Wastewater System Improvement Program. JAT determines participant eligibility, performs operations assessments of the eligible firms, and provides optional individual guidance in accounting and finance to class participants.


Helping to establish the Small Business Development Program in 2007, JAT assisted in research, development, and implementation of a comprehensive training program, including a 10-week course curriculum covering contract administration, construction accounting and finance, estimating and bidding, conflict resolution, scheduling, and safety.

JAT’s Deputy Program Manager provides overall project management of firm assessments, including creation of guidelines and presentation of recommended participants to the program management team. The firm provides full administrative support, including ongoing assistance to small business professionals, coordination of weekly meetings and formal training programs, and documentation processing. 

JAT’s responsibilities also include:

  • assisting in outreach support for promotion of “Women Flying High” program to increase FBE businesses on Department of Watershed projects
     
  • assisting in outreach efforts to inform minority firms of Small Business Development Program opportunities
     
  • providing eligible minority firms with opportunities to establish possible subcontracts or joint ventures with Prime contractors
     
  • developing and conducting program assessment survey
     
  • assisting in coordination of seminars and workshops provided by the City of Atlanta and Clean Water Atlanta
     
  • facilitating a Construction Accounting & Finance Workshop 

JAT conducted a survey of participants from 2007 to 2009. Respondents praised the program, stating that the SBDP helped them to better operate and manage their businesses, increased their understanding of financial/accounting requirements for government contracting, and resulted in new relationships with other businesses.