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December 2021

CEI: Advanced Contracts

December 3, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am CST

Instructor: Troy Aichele CEI Classroom Learn key items within construction contracts, how to identify them, their associated potential consequences and how to negotiate terms under different contract types.

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CEI: Technical Aspects of Writing a Proposal Letter

December 7, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am CST

Instructor: Marie Patterson Via Zoom Writing a proposal letter is how you convey to your client what scope, cost and schedule is included within your company’s bid submission and is the summary of days, weeks or even months’ worth of work in a few pages. In this course, you will learn about the recommended components of a proposal letter, what details to include (and what not to include) and overall best practices for proposal letters. It will also cover scope…

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MCA of Chicago Holiday Party

December 7, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm CST

Join us for an unforgettable night at Teatro Zinzanni! When: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 Cocktails and Doors Open—5:30 PM Dinner and Show—7:00-10:00 PM Where: Cambria Hotel 32 W. Randolph St., 14th Floor Chicago, IL 60601 Attire: Dressy. Jacket (tie optional) and cocktail dresses highly encouraged. Please bring a face mask with you. Parking: Parking will be available at Interpark Parking Garage, 181 N Dearborn St. MCA of Chicago will pay for parking. NOTE: According to the establishment, proof of vaccination must…

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CEI: Understanding Bias

December 8, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

Instructor: Alex Willis via Zoom Designed specifically for the construction and contracting industries, emPOWER U will help your team: *Identify unacceptable behaviors; *Learn how to eliminate barriers to empathy; and *Actualize gains of embracing your differences *In other words, you’re about to unlock your power through inclusion, not in spite of it.

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EPM: Mechanical Scheduling Project Closeout

December 10, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm CST

Where: CEI Classroom Instructor: John Koontz

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CEI: HR in the Union Environment

December 14, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm CST

Instructor: Robert Lapota CEI Classroom Union environments pose unique challenges and opportunities for human resources in a contractor’s business. This interactive session will provide you with an overview of what you need to know to develop an effective working relationship with a union and its members. Learning Objectives: Discuss laws that impact labor relations. Differentiate between management and union rights. Identify best practice policies unique to a unionized workforce. Explore the coaching, discipline, grievance, and arbitration process. Review collective bargaining…

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January 2022

CEI: Advanced Excel

January 11 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am CST

Instructor: Ginnie Floraday Via Zoom The introduction of advanced formatting techniques and the analysis tools will enable users to become more efficient spreadsheet users. Topics will include spreadsheet formatting, absolute cell references, the Solver procedure, the Outline procedure which will allow users to hide detail rows in spreadsheets and designing graphs.

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Membership Meeting

January 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST

Join us for our first membership meeting of the year at Maggiano's. Raffi Eichemmas, the MCAA Director of Safety, will give our keynote speech.

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CEI: Rethink Leadership! Part One

January 13 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

Instructor: Steve Thomas CEI Classroom Leadership is influence and how we steward that influence to accomplish positive things in, with and through people. Our leadership can get stuck from time to time and, oftentimes, we don’t even notice as it’s happening. So, it’s imperative that we continually take time to reflect on and rethink leadership. In this session, we will focus on the desire of every leader to build a team within their organization. Can a team be effective without…

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CEI: Inside the Great Mechanical Contractors: How do the “Great” Differ from the “Good”?

January 14 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am CST

Instructor: John Koontz Via Zoom “Great” mechanical contractors appear, to outsiders, to be so consistently successful regardless of the economy simply because they are “blessed,” “luckier,” “better connected,” etc. Their long-term success is not so easily explained. The truth is that they are built very differently, led very differently, and have created very different corporate cultures than their “good” counterparts who seem to be less blessed, less lucky, and less connected. This seminar will explain and discuss the primary and…

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