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Looking for workers in the Chico area?  Chico Youthbuild graduated its first class of students with entry-level construction skills.  There graduates are ready to be hired for work!  You can get in touch with them by talking to their teachers, Jerry Joiner or Jack Rodgers.  Call VCE for their phone numbers: 343-1981.

Paradise High construction teacher Lowell Forward had a nasty fall from a roof. 
He's at Enloe Rehab building new muscle skills and mastering the wheelchair.  We're cheering him on!  Kudos to his friends and the construction community who have already begun planning access retrofits. You can keep up with his progress at
www.caringbridge.org/visit/LowellForward.  Donations for medical and ADA retrofits can be made here: www.gofundme.com/LowellForward

Watch your wheels:  Vehicles driving on to dry brush started two major wildland fires in the past 2 weeks.  The Bully fire burned over 12,000 acres and 20 structures.  The Sand fire is at 4,000 acres having burned 13 homes and threatening over 500 more.  Construction equipment, dragging trailer chains and hot truck tailpipes can cause horrific damage right now. Use extra caution.

Public Works Annual Registration. 
Online registration is available at www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/dlsepublicworks.html

New Energy codes
are causing some headaches with building departments and contractors and designers.  No easy answers right now.  Work with the building department staff and their management as best you can. 
   *** Here is some online training to learn the 2013 Energy codes:  www.energycodeace.com, www.energy.ca.gov/title24/

We're watching proposed revisions to the Heat Illness Prevention Program.  If there are facts to support the ratcheting up of restrictions, requirements and penalties that's one thing.  But the facts presented don't support new tough mandates against construction employers.  Here's the page, no further action has been published.  We're told more meetings will be held in the fall.  We're watching...

Obtaining or Renewing workers' compensation insurance?
State Fund Group discount for qualifying members.  The $400 cost of dues may be a drop in the bucket compared to the savings you'll receive.  Tell your Broker or State Fund you are a member of State Fund Group 272, the Valley Contractors Exchange member group.


Contractors - State Fund workers comp makes your job easier.  Through VCE you get the resources to make your job site safer.  If an accident does happen, State Fund keeps it simple for you.  Then helps get the employee back-to-work.
  • Ask your broker to get a quote.  VCE members can qualify for an additional 6% discount.  Tell them you are a member of Valley Contractors Exchange, State Fund Construction Group #272. 

REPORT Unlicensed, uninsured, cash-pay construction work:  North Valley CSLB fraud investigator Tom Cunningham:  530-712-1358.  Tom comes home to Butte County each night - he can swing by and check out your confidential tips. 

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Joining the Exchange is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
  Click to download Membership and/or Online Planroom forms, or give us a call Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm at 530-343-1981.  See our Member Benefits page for more information.

  1. Fill out an application

  2. Add the Online Planroom and get extra value and convenience - Click here for the sign-up form.

  3. Include our Specialty Listing, designating the type of work you want to be referred for, and are able to perform in a single-trade contract.

Consumers!  Remodeling?  Doing Energy Efficiency Upgrades?  Need emergency repairs?  Find out why it's smart to use a member of the Valley Contractors Exchange!   (Click here for CSLB Consumer Information)

Beware of Debris Removal and Construction Scams!  Click here to read the Contractor State License Board Consumer Alert/Fact Sheet.

Tips from the Contractors State License Board: 
1.  Hire only state-licensed contractors.
2.  Check a contractor's license number online at
3.  Get at least three bids.
4.  Get three references from each bidder and review past work in person.
5.  Make sure all project expectations are in writing.
6.  Confirm the contractor has workers' compensation insurance for employees.
7.  Never pay more than 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less.  (Some exceptions apply)

Members of the Valley Contractors Exchange stay current on construction regulations and codes.  Their membership is an indication of their professionalism.   

Use a VCE member for your home improvement and building needs.  Click here to go to our "Find a Contractor" resource page.

The VALLEY CONTRACTORS EXCHANGE (VCE) is a member-operated, non-profit association of contractors and construction professionals.  VCE provides members with access to bidding documents, industry education, safety training and construction resources.  Learn more... 

Online Plans!  Construction bidding documents for construction projects in Northern California!  Easy to use online software - internet based, bid on over 2,000 jobs each year.

Use our RESOURCES page for information on how to successfully run a construction business:  contracts, bidding, hiring, diesel engine regulations,stormwater prevention plans, construction regulations and more. 

CONSTRUCTION SAFETY page is dedicated to keeping workers safe.

The page titled  BUILDING CODES AND "GREEN"  directs you to the latest on updated building codes, resources for Energy Efficiency contracting and the latest on codes that change every 3 years.  The worst way to find out a code changed is having the building inspector require a do-over...   

Homeowners can
FIND A CONTRACTOR by type of work.  Always use licensed contractors! Members work in the Northstate: Chico, Oroville, Paradise, Yuba City, Marysville, Butte County, Yuba and Sutter Counties, Colusa, Glenn and Plumas Counties.

Don't miss our EVENTS AND TRAINING - always open to members and non-members.  Members benefit from a discounted cost. 

NEED BIDS?  List a project with VCE for FREE!  Looking for work to bid?  We do the footwork for you by compiling blueprints, spec books, addenda, memos, prime contractors and bid results all in one place.  Check out our list of jobs bidding in Northern California (use the link above). 

Jobs, safety topics, construction news and more is found in our WEEKLY NEWSLINE.  Non-members can purchase the Weekly Newsline for $10 per week.

Need something not listed here?  We probably do that, too!  Give us a call, 530-343-1981. 

State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF)

VCE endorses State Compensation Insurance Fund™ for workers comp insurance and supports its efforts to maintain construction site safety. 
Find out more at

Golden State Builders Exchanges (GSBE)
VCE is a proud member of the Golden State Builders Exchanges.   For more info on GSBE, click here.

Working Together For the Enhancement of the Construction Industry.

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951 E. 8th Street, Chico, CA  95928  HOURS:  Monday - Friday,  8:00 am - 5:00 pm  Phone: 530-343-1981
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VCE's Online Planroom is always open.  Bidding documents cover the North State of California 

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