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Yolanda’s Construction and Traffic Control, Inc.

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In late 2009, shortly after her son was killed, Yolanda Jones, a single mother, invested her last few dollars into a business license. She founded Yolanda’s Construction and Traffic Control, Inc. (YCAT-C) in January of 2010. Leveraging 20 years of experience in office administration and working for her family’s trucking business, Yolanda made the transition to construction administration, construction equipment rental and management after witnessing the limited number of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) companies within the sector. This realization led Yolanda to leverage the market opportunity in the Bay Area to provide quality services in areas that are in high demand as a female owned, DBE firm. YCAT offers a range of administrative and traffic control services to support public and private sector clients on engineering-construction projects.

In 2011, Yolanda met Dwayne Jones, Founder and President of Urban Equity. She laid out her business plan and Urban Equity quickly recognized the unique position of Yolanda as an entrepreneur and business owner, as well as the void that her company addressed. Urban Equity invested capital to help Yolanda purchase equipment and to open YCAT’s second office. Urban equity also facilitated YCAT building strategic partnerships with large Engineering and Construction Firms and helped the company to establish direct relationships with decision makers within multiple municipalities.

With Yolanda’s leadership and Urban Equity’s support, YCAT-C has grown from a company of two employees to its present size of 12 employees, with projects throughout Northern California. This rapid success can also be attributed to YCAT-C’s understanding the requirements for managing construction in the busy urban environment and under demanding operating conditions, as well as interfacing with diverse communities affected by infrastructure projects.

Some of YCAT-C’s projects have included:

  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District Capital Improvements;
  • East Contra Costa BART Extension (eBART);
  • Bay Area Toll Authority/Caltrans Dumbarton Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project;
  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command/Southwest Division Hunter’s Point Shipyard Redevelopment;
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Muni Third Street Light Rail Extension Program
  • Caltrans Highway Expansion and Improvement Projects (Hwy 101 & Hwy 280)
  • Caltrans Construction Management, Inspection and Testing for Transportation Projects,
  • Doyle Drive Closure 2011, SFPUC Sewer System Improvement Program
  • PGE Pipe Removal in Hunter’s Point

In 2013 the National Council of Negro Women Inc. named Yolanda, “Business Leader of the Year 2013.” And In 2012, San Francisco Small Business Network named YCAT-C ‘Small Business of the Year.

Assistance provided by Urban Equity:

  • Infrastructure
  • Strategic Counsel
  • Sales/ Business Development

For more information on YCAT-C, please visit their website: http://www.ycat-c.com