Manuel Padilla Inc., a local construction company owned by Manuel Padilla attended the Immokalee Builders’ Expo, curious to learn if there could be opportunity for his small construction company to grow and create jobs for Immokalee’s laborers and tradesmen.
With the assistance and services provided by the Immokalee Business Development Center (IBDC), Manuel Padilla, Inc. was certified as a Section 3 Business eligible to bid on projects funded by HUD. When the Immokalee Stormwater project came up for bid, Manuel Padilla was in a position to pursue a sub-contracting spot with DN Higgins as a Section 3 Business. In compliance with HUD Section 3 requirements, DN Higgins awarded the Section 3 Business sub-contract to Manuel Padilla, Inc.. This small business was able to hire local residents for this project.
Manual Padilla also received his MBE Certification and with the help of BB&T, an SBA lending partner, this company was able to set up their business accounts and obtain a Surety Bond. Manuel Padilla, Inc., continues to receive technical support and coaching from IBDC while his construction company is in the expanding phase.