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Student Contractor Development Series

Learn how to become a contractor in the construction industry.

The Contractor Development Series is a dynamic 4-week program designed for those who want to start a contracting business in the construction industry.

You’ll be taught by Dr. Eric Holt, Assistant Professor at Denver University’s Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management. 

You’ll come out of the course with the knowledge, resources, tools, and connections to start a contracting business from the ground up! 

Students Gain

You will gain the knowledge, resources, tools, and connections to start a contracting business from the ground up. 

At the end of the course, you’ll have your business plan completed and the opportunity to pitch your business to potential funders!

Schedule Options

February 21st – March 16th

Monday & Wednesday Evenings

6:00pm – 9:00pm
(networking from 5:30pm – 6:00pm)

Hosted at our main campus 445 W 53rd Place Denver



Students learning skills for becoming contractors in the construction industry

Course Content

Course Objective

To harness our community’s entrepreneurial talents to further catalyze the construction industry, the Academy is offering a dynamic entrepreneur program: the Contractor Development Series (CDS). From its onset, the Academy has focused on the supply side–workforce development–of the labor equation. Grounded in success on the supply side, we are shifting attention and resources to the demand side of the equation: small construction-based businesses that represent the job-generating backbone of our local economy.

The CDS program will initially be designed to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the learning tools and resources necessary to launch and sustain a business in construction while teaching proper business fundamentals that will ensure success and longevity.

In the near future, we intend to provide a more robust entrepreneurial course for business owners that have been in business for a while and could use the help to scale their business, so stay tuned.

Course Topics

  • Business Basics
  • Business Plan & Budget
  • Systems & Process
  • Accounting & Business Finance
  • Schedule Management
  • Bidding & Contracting
  • Safety & Warranty
  • Business Risk
  • Marketing & Social Media
  • Employment Practices & Hiring

Interested in Applying?

Spots are limited. Click the link below to submit an application.

We’ve had a lot of interest in this program, so please apply ASAP if you’d like to be considered!


Contact our Recruiter with any questions or for more information.

In partnership with

Oakwood Homes
University of Denver
Franchise for Good

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