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Seminars to detail specifics of new construction lien law

ConstructionConstruction tradesmen and others who want to learn the ins-and-outs of Mississippi’s new construction lien law can attend seminars in June presented by the Mississippi Development Authority’s Minority and Small Business Development Division.

A seminar has already been held in Tupelo. The remaining two in Gulfport and Jackson are designed to educate Mississippi companies in the construction industry – particularly small and minority-owned companies – about the new law and its requirements.

The law grants lien rights to first and second-tier subcontractors and material suppliers, as well as consulting engineers and land surveyors.

Bob Covington, director of the MDA’s  Minority and Small Business Development Division, said the new law has very specific timeframes and guidelines that must be followed to capitalize on its benefits.

“A lot of procedures are involved,” he said. “If you’re a small guy and you don’t know your rights under this law, you can lose those rights by not following the procedures.”

A key requirement is that a tradesman must be licensed by the state. “There’s a stipulation in the law that you can only file a lien if you are licensed.”

A representative of the State Board of Contractors will present details on how to get licensed, Covington said.

Here are seminar dates and locations:

• Tuesday, June 3, 6 – 9 p.m. – Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast – 2214 34th St. – Gulfport.

• Tuesday, June 17, 6 – 9 p.m. – Strayer University, Fifth Floor Training Room, 460 Briarwood Drive – Jackson.

To register for one of these seminars, visit www.mscpc.com, click on “Events” and select the appropriate date on the calendar. For more information, contact Latonia Shirley with MDA’s Minority and Small Business Development Division at (601) 359-6678 or lshirley@mississippi.org.

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