As Ledys Aguillon surveys a collection of training materials designed to help her start a construction business, she proudly reflects upon the challenge ahead.
"I honestly feel very privileged to be the only woman in this group,” says Ledys, a Honduran-born mother of three. “Largely, because the construction industry tends to be a male-dominated field.”
In June, Ledys enrolled in LEDC’s 4-week “Creating Your Construction Company Today” workshop to learn how to launch and run a successful construction company. Motivated by a deeply rooted entrepreneurial spirit and an enduring drive for self-sufficiency, Ledys is working with her husband and brother to start A & B General Contractors, LLC.
In the long run, Ledys hopes to grow her business and secure financial stability for her family.
“This workshop has been a good step for those of us who are new and want to jumpstart a business or a company the right way,” Ledys says. “To understand the correct procedures and have a solid foundation to work off of.”
The workshop series – led by volunteer instructor Helder Magaña, founder of U.S. Tax, LLC— explored a wide range of topics including the basic legal framework of a construction company, how to register a company, and the types of insurances, licenses, and securities required.
“Our goal was to respond to the high demand for industry-specific workshops— construction among them—given the large number of people employed in this field who want to expand their business, but face a number of knowledge barriers,” says Angela Neira, LEDC’s Senior Small Business Manager.
LEDC has worked to make the construction industry accessible to a pool of individuals who have years of frontline experience in the field, but lack the administrative know-how to run their own companies. The training is one of four LEDC industry-specific trainings, which also include child care, food/hospitality, and cleaning.