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Minority Business Growth Honored

Skanska is Construction Company of the Year

6/19/2013, 11:04 a.m.
Business honored at OAME's 25th annual conference.
Mel Jones (center) of Skanska USA, accepts a construction industry award to the company's Portland office from the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, represented by Jorge Guerra (left) and Sam Brooks (right).

The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs recently presented the Oregon office of Skanska USA with the Construction Industry Award at its 25th annual conference and trade show luncheon.

The award is a yearly honor given to the agency that best exemplified OAME's mission to promote and develop entrepreneurship and economic development for ethnic minorities thereby reducing racism and discrimination.

“It is an honor to be recognized for something that is major part of our approach to business,” said Skanska’s Northwest diversity manager Mel Jones. “We believe partnerships with minority-owned, woman-owned, disadvantaged and emerging small businesses help make our state stronger and help lead to a truly sustainable Oregon economy.”

The OAME tradeshow hosted more than 128 small and large businesses, state, county and federal government agencies, and business development resources to help minority, women and emerging small businesses grow.

The event is designed for purchasers and buyers from public and private agencies and business development resources to help minority, women and emerging small businesses grow.