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Contractor Development Pathway

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Application and Getting Started

Applications are currently closed. Please reach out to if you would like to be notified when applications re-open.

Overview of Pathway

Energy Trust, in collaboration with workforce development specialists, contractor partners and key community partners, has created the Contractor Development Pathway for Trade Allies. This pathway provides participating contractors technical, business and programmatic support tailored to their needs, with the express goal of supporting business success within Energy Trust Existing Building program and an evolving construction industry.

Benefits of participating

The Contractor Development Pathway is designed to help you grow your business in the energy-efficiency sector through training workshops, individual business support services, networking and mentorship.

  • Peer Mentorship. Partner with experienced professionals to grow your business with energy efficiency (coming in late 2023).
  • Network of Support. Grow your network while completing your action plan alongside cohort colleagues and community partners.
  • Increase Knowledge. Attend training workshops to expand your knowledge of the energy efficiency industry, utility programs and more.
  • Business Development Services. Receive individual business services to grow your business sustainably. Services may include financial consulting, marketing, COBID certification assistance and more.

Pathway Eligibility

Participants must be enrolled in Energy Trust’s Existing Building Trade Ally Network prior to the pathway start date. A member of the Contractor Development Pathway team will be available to answer any questions about enrollment and provide enrollment assistance. Please reach out to to learn more about enrollment in Energy Trust’s Existing Building Trade Ally Network.

Business owners are encouraged to apply to this pathway if their business is:

  • Self-identified as Black-owned, Indigenous-owned, person of color-owned, women-owned and/or COBID certified (with a strong focus on minority business enterprises and women business enterprises)
  • Eager to learn more about energy efficiency and how to grow your business in this industry.
  • Enrolled in Energy Trust’s Trade Ally Existing Buildings program.


*Examples of services include, but are not limited to, window installers, HVAC installers, insulation installers, water heater installers and general contractors who subcontract these services.

Participation Expectations

  • Participating contractors must be enrolled in Energy Trust’s Existing Buildings Trade Ally Network. Applicants will be expected to enroll in Energy Trust’s Existing Buildings Trade Ally Network prior to the pathway start date.
  • The Contractor Development Pathway is an 8-month commitment with approximately 2-4 hours of scheduled activities per month, including one-on-one services and group workshops. Participants are expected to attend all group workshops and one-on-one services and respond to pathway staff inquiries.
  • Engagement activities are lighter in June, July and August due to the busy summer construction season for many trades.
  • Participation is expected by a business owner or co-owner and you are welcome to bring along a second individual to pathway activities.
  • Participants will be asked to share information via ongoing surveys about your experience and economic impact, as requested. These surveys are intended to provide feedback for pathway improvement. Economic data will not be shared outside of the pathway staff without being anonymized.
  • The Contractor Development Pathway is no cost to participants.

For the 2023 cohort, applications open on December 1, 2022 and will close on February 15, 2023. If you have any questions about the Contractor Development Pathway application process or eligibility, please contact