SARASOTA, Fla. – The Gulf Coast Builders Exchange (GCBX), a not-for-profit trade organization, recently hosted its 10th annual Reverse Trade Show where local subcontractors were connected with the area’s leading general contractors and development firms.
During the members-only event on June 13, more than 250 attendees had access to 25 of the region’s largest general contractors and over 50 vendor booths, including the Sarasota County and Manatee County building departments and the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation.
“We continue to see statistics about the struggle with the labor shortage within the construction industry, and while our region is taking steps to reverse this trend, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done,” said Mary Dougherty, executive director of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange. “For the past 10 years, the Reverse Trade Show has seen tremendous success and a large part of that is due to the dedication of our members and the area’s active building sector. This event provides subcontractors a platform to meet the local general contractors and foster working relationships on future jobs.”
Participants learned about positions available, discovered how to bid on projects and had the opportunity to build relationships with the finest design and construction firms around.
About the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange
The Gulf Coast Builders Exchange (GCBX) was established in 1952 and is a not-for-profit corporation operating as a trade organization under the guidance of a volunteer board of directors as representatives of the industry. The organization represents a broad cross section of the building industry, including contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and others from affiliated industries. The GCBX membership is comprised of close to 400 companies in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties, and GCBX’s advocacy efforts on behalf of the building industry are conducted in those areas. It includes some of the most respected service providers and businesses in construction-affiliated industries. For more information, visit www.GCBX.org.