Minority Business Programs—How much is fake?


Since I was in high school my conscience was about bettering the lives of fellow African Americans. As a teenager I would work at housing construction sites. Spotting drywall and clean up were my niche. At the same time, I would recruit my friends and relatives. Most of the guys would lay around during the summer but I convinced them to make that extra change. Construction bosses loved it because they would pay us less than normal wages even though we could do the work equally as well as grown men. In retrospect, I would wonder how many husbands and fathers we were keeping from making income. That part I regret. We were cheating or as they say now “fronting.”

When I turned 18 and began being recruited by college football coaches, I requested summer work. That was no problem. I was soon contacted

Alex Getelman Of MBI Group Announces Completion Of 35000 SF Build-Out For Columbia University

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MBI Group, a New York City-based construction firm specializing in commercial interior fit-outs, completed general contracting work for Columbia University as part of a competitive bid for its office build-out on the sixth floor of The Studebaker Building, located at 615 West 131st Street in Manhattan. The Studebaker Building, originally constructed in the 1920s, is a historic, six-story industrial property that is today a part of Columbia's Manhattanville campus. 

"We are honored to have worked with Columbia University, a world-class institution, who sought a general contractor to revitalize the building's offices," said Alex Getelman, Executive Managing Director of MBI Group. "Historic properties always require special considerations; The Studebaker Building was a former automobile factory, with a loft-like aesthetic, which today serves as administrative offices.  Our goal was to complete the project successfully under a tight deadline. For over 30 years, MBI Group has