Our History

Throughout the years, our nonprofit organization has been dedicated to serving the needs of minority contractors throughout Hayward, California, and surrounding areas throughout Northern California. At National Association of Minority Contractors (Northern CA Chapter), we do everything from educate to advocate for minority builders, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and manufacturers.

Our Background

During the early 1960s, Ray Dones, owner of Dones Electric, and Joe Debro, director of the Oakland Small Business Development Center, began discussing the experiences that African-American contractors faced in their attempts to be recognized as viable businessmen in their industry. After started speaking to other contractors in the community, they learned that there was a large network of others who experienced the same problems. Using the resources available to them, they put together the first conference of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC).

In July of 1969, more than 300 minority contractors met in San Francisco to discuss ways to enter the mainstream of the construction industry. By the end of the meeting, the National Association of Minority Contractors was formed. Ray Dones was elected president, with Joe Debro serving as his executive director.

Today's Goals

Despite our growth throughout the years, our goals have remain unchanged. We work hard to educate ourselves, our workers, and our communities while we maintain a voice in Washington and increase our market share in the construction industry.