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Episode 46: Advocating for the Trades - AGC NYS

Welcome to Blue Collar StartUp, the podcast!
Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners.

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Brendan Manning, the Vice President of Education & Environment at AGC New York!

The AGC (Associated General Contractors) specializes in discovering and solving the problems caused by federal and state legislation that pertain to the trades, and informing and working with local tradespeople based on that information. Whether it's by focusing on the legal side, directly training local business owners, or partnering with local organizations, the AGC is a fantastic Blue Collar advocate! Listen to this episode to learn more about their important mission!

00:15 - Introductions: Happy Holidays!

02:36 - Associated General Contractors of New York State: What Is It?

04:41 - A Proactive, Reactive Organization: Weighing Potential Consequences of Policies

09:01 - Bills: Separating the Valuable from the Crazy

10:08 - A Better Way to Build: The Power of Computer Modeling

11:26 - Mike’s Chicken Mansion: A Perfect Example

13:25 - Nurturing the Budding Blue Collars: The Education Side of the AGC

17:20 - Which Training to Do in Person, and Which You Can Do Online

18:36 - Gaining Members During COVID: The Zoom Method

19:54 - Affordable Programming: Funds Scholarships!

21:45 - The Value of Schooling: Give Kids Options!

23:14 - Shoutout to BOCES!

23:51 - Don’t Go to College as a Statistic!

25:37 - What Goes Into Running a Business: Stephanie’s Story

29:18 - Cooperation to Improve Competition: P2P Networks

31:46 - Building Capacity for Natural Diversity

33:11 - Business Owner, Tradesman? Either Way, AGC can Help!

34:20 - Membership Options

36:22 - Suicide Awareness

37:33 - Joint Operations: Partnering with NESCA

40:33 - A Brief History of Brendan Manning: Banking, Software, Y2K, and More

42:19 - Brendan’s Key Piece of Advice: Find a Good, Specialized Attorney and Accountant!

44:07 - How to Get in Touch

44:49 - Closing Remarks: Shoutout to MLB and Michaels Group!



  • Interviewers

    Mike Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guest

    Brendan Manning

  • Runtime

    46 Minutes, 6 Seconds

  • Air Date

    Janurary 8th, 2024