McCarthy Builders earns State DBE certification

McCarthy Builders, Inc. now carries one of the most recognized and respected certifications in the nation: the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise […]

McCarthy Builders, Inc. now carries one of the most recognized and respected certifications in the nation: the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification by the State of Minnesota.

Owner and President, Brian McCarthy, has been at the forefront of establishing McCarthy Builders, Inc. as a reputable company in the Twin Cities area. McCarthy underwent a lengthy, in-depth process to achieve TG/ED (Targeted Groups/Economically Disadvantaged) and SBE (Small Business Enterprise) Certifications and is proud to add the DBE certification to his company’s list of accomplishments.

The DBE program seeks to increase participation of firms owned by disadvantaged individuals in all federal-aid transportation contracts. A DBE is a small business, which is at least 51 percent, owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged persons.

McCarthy Construction has been in business for more than 17 years. The company recently has been awarded contracts with Minneapolis Public Housing Authority and People Serving People Organization for numerous multi-family renovations.

Acquiring DBE status was is a significant achievement for McCarthy Builders, Inc. Many publicly funded projects at the federal, state, and local levels, require a percentage of work to be performed by firms with specific certifications in order to adhere to diversity guidelines. To qualify for the DBE designation, a firm must be at least 51% owned by socially or economically disadvantaged individuals.

Specializing in remodeling and new construction of commercial property, single and multi-family residential buildings, and barrier-free construction, McCarthy Builders, Inc. has been a preferred contractor with Hennepin County since 2009. McCarthy Builders, Inc. holds several other business certifications including Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, TG/ED certification, and Small Business Enterprise certification, under the Central Certification Program. The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul as well as both Hennepin and Ramsey Counties use the Central Certification Program to designate small and underuti-lized businesses.

McCarthy was a 2009 finalist for the Access Press Charlie Smith Award, for outstanding service to Minnesota’s disability community. He is also known for his work with universal design and accessible housing, enabling hundreds of community members to enjoy their own homes. Through installation of ramps, lifts, roll-in shower, lower countertops and other improvements, McCarthy and his firm have had a positive impact on many lives.

His extensive record of volunteer service includes Fishing for Life, which helps inner city youth learn to fish; the Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota Society, the MS Society and Boy Scouts of America. Brian McCarthy has lived with cerebral palsy his entire life

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