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Drafting Your Team: Filters, Badges and Certifications

Contractor using PlanHub’s search filters.

Whether you’ve worked in the construction industry for three months or thirty years, one fact remains constant: no two projects are exactly the same.  General contractors must juggle an ever-changing list of requirements based on each project’s needs, along with their own standards and preferences. At the same time, subcontractors and suppliers want general contractors to know about their unique skills, qualifications and offerings so they can be called upon when needed.  

When well-matched construction professionals partner up on projects that they are uniquely qualified to handle together, it’s magic. Enter the ultimate matchmaker: PlanHub.

Simple Searchability

From the beginning PlanHub has operated and evolved with the needs of the construction industry in mind. We pay close attention to what general contractors need to succeed, so we know how important it is to quickly find the perfect candidates and suppliers in order to hit the ground running on any project, or – if faced with an unexpected setback – keep an important project moving forward without allowing things to grind to a halt.

PlanHub’s search functions and filters are created to help general contractors find exactly who they need without the hassle. Intuitive, easy-to-understand filters and search tools address the most common factors that general contractors of all sizes look for when searching for subcontractors and suppliers, allowing them to easily contact or send ITB’s to only the most qualified candidates for the job.

Both general contractors and subcontractors can also reap huge benefits from PlanHub’s exclusive Automatic Matching capabilities, which can automatically send newly-posted projects to subcontractors based on their respective qualifications and adjustable search parameters. If a project is a good fit for a subcontractor’s skills, desired work area and other pre established factors, they will immediately be notified and given an opportunity to contend for the work opportunity – a fantastic time-saver for everyone involved,  

Badges of Honor

If you are a subcontractor, making PlanHub a part of your day-to-day operations is a strong way to show general contractors that you are running an efficient, forward-thinking business. Due to popular demand, we’ve implemented a badge system to help general contractors easily identify subcontractors who are consistently engaging with PlanHub to help them streamline their work, build their network and grow their business.

  • A green badge indicates that the subcontractor has submitted their pre-qualification form, allowing general contractors to learn about their certifications, licenses, safety history, insurance & bonding and more. 
  • A blue badge is earned by active, responsive subcontractors who submit multiple bids per month through the PlanHub platform.  
  • A yellow badge is given to Premier-level PlanHub subscribers, a great way to discover forward-thinking professionals who are excited to embrace new ways to connect, streamline and grow.

Of course, badges are just one of many new features that we’ve added over the years to make PlanHub the ultimate all-in-one hub for construction projects. To learn about more new features as we roll them out, sign up to receive our free newsletter today!

Certifications to Stand Out

Are you a general contractor looking for specific demographic qualifications for public or civil projects? PlanHub’s got you covered by allowing subcontractors to proudly display a variety of easily-searchable certifications in their profiles. Whether you’re looking to partner up with small businesses or targeting companies owned by minorities or veterans, you can easily narrow down your choices based on popular certifications that subcontractors can include and self-verify in their profiles. For instance:

  • Small Business
  • Women Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
  • HubZone Small Business
  • 8(a) Small Business

If you are a subcontractor looking to increase your visibility and win more projects, showing off your certifications is just one way to stand out. For more time-tested tips on growing your business, check out our recent blog: “How You Can Become a Successful Subcontractor”.

PlanHub Makes Searching & Filtering Easy

Badges and certifications are two easily-searchable features within PlanHub, but there are plenty of other ways to use our platform to pinpoint your perfect project partner.

From precise locations and broader mileage ranges to trade specialties, PlanHub allows general contractors to quickly identify the right candidates for any situation (without wasting time on the wrong ones). With the power to send ITB’s or contact subcontractors or suppliers directly, general contractors and subcontractors can connect more quickly so projects can get up and running in no time. 

A 2023 survey conducted by PlanHub shows that an enormous 61% of all general contractors are open to connecting with new subcontractors in a trusted environment like our platform, and our cutting-edge search and filtering tools are undoubtedly a huge reason why.  With PlanHub, construction professionals can discover and connect with the types of pro’s they want to work with – a surefire path to a successful project.

Are you ready to network, manage projects, and grow your business using PlanHub? Register for free and experience the construction industry’s most complete construction bidding and project management platform today!

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