CPM Logistics core values are to establish and nurture connections between small and minority businesses, DBE/SBE/LBE companies, prime contractors and government agencies. One opportunity we have to accomplish this is through education and exposure in recognized publications and media.
California Constructor: Helping Small Construction Businesses Succeed, May/June 2019
Small Business Council Spotlight: Abbigail Brown
Even though the clients of Oakland-based CPM Logistics, LLC are mostly well-established, large volume prime contractors, President and owner Abbigail Brown is well acquainted with the hurdles that California’s small and disadvantaged businesses face. Like prompt pay. Cash flow. Limited resources. Understaffing. And a learning curve when it comes to industry knowledge and experience.
Helping small businesses navigate those challenges, achieve certified SBE and DBE status and ultimately, have a voice and a seat at the table has been a motivating factor for Brown during more than two decades in the construction industry. In addition to running a successful small business herself, she is bringing her construction industry and small business know-how to her role as chair of AGC of California’s Small Business Council for 2019.
“This expo is important because it connects small businesses with contractual opportunities on construction projects. It also helps to break down barriers to entry for them on these projects,” says Brown. She says the “Landing Government Contracts: How to Get a Foot in the Door at Local, State and Federal Agencies” session is important because attending agencies will be providing relevant industry knowledge on how to do businesses with their organizations.
“They plan on discussing fatal flaws that they see time and time again with small contractors contributing to those barriers keeping them from successfully winning projects,” says Brown. “Each agency on the panel has made themselves available to have open and frank dialogue with attendees interested in learning more about working with them.”
The Daily Reporter: Southern California Edition, January 3, 2019
Small Business Spotlight: CPM Logistics
The CPM Logistics team has over 70 years of experience in the fields of Program, Construction and Project Management with specific emphasis on Small Businesses working on publicly-funded projects.
CPM logistics is a small, woman owned business that focuses on providing support to small contractors in the transporta-tion industry. Started in early 2013, Abbigail Brown realized that there was a better way to approach how small contrac-tors were utilized on transportation and infrastructure projects. Because these companies are scarce, and have limited re-sources, CPM began its quest to learn the market’s best prac-tices and to implement those strategies to bring up the entire industry as a whole.
Associated General Contractors of California, Dec. 3, 2017
SB1 Partnership Forums: Connecting People and Resources to Deliver Transportation Improvement Projects, by Claire Koenig, Regional Manager, North Bay, San Francisco Bay Area & Santa Clara
Caltrans is sharing how $52 billion in construction spending will be apportioned. On Monday, Caltrans District 4 held a meeting at its Oakland headquarters to share details on the funding generated by this year’s SB1 legislation. Over 100 people attended, including representatives of City and County governments, select contractors, materials suppliers, and unions. Key subjects discussed were the types of projects anticipated for SB1 funding; local and regional agency coordination; permitting; utility coordination; contractor and materials availability; and small business utilization.
United Contractors Magazine, August 2016
Making a Case for Small Business, by Abbigail Brown, President, CPM Logistics
Economic development is about strengthening the productive capacity of a national, state or local community. There are more than 29 million small business owners in the United States, representing 98% of all businesses, and they generate nearly 64% of new jobs in this country.
Why This Matters in Our Industry?
Presidio Parkway website, Small Business Opportunities
DBE Success Stories
CPM Logistics met and exceeded the project’s small business and minority commitments; and the landscape team functions efficiently and has complied with required project deliverables.
Department of General Services, Get Connected Small Business Expo
September 12, 2017
CPM Logistics had the opportunity to discuss how we help small businesses get connected with large prime contractors and how we assist those business get the certifications they may be eligible for.