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Acknowledgements & Recognitions

Direct Steel and Construction is honored to have received numerous recognitions for our mission to offer individualized commercial construction. Listed below are some major acknowledgments from the past several years.


Company Profiles & Features
  • Direct Steel & Construction Featured in Women Impacting Public Policy
  • Direct Steel & Construction Featured in NAWRB Magazine (June 2017)
  • Direct Steel & Construction Featured in EW Magazine (June 2017)
  • Direct Steel & Construction Featured in Chicago Women Magazine (May 2017)
  • Direct Steel & Construction Featured in the Daily Herald Business Ledger (March 2017)
  • Direct Steel & Construction Awarded USACE Contract (February 2017)
  • Direct Steel & Construction Published in Enterprising Women Magazine (Winder 2017)
  • Direct Steel & Construction Featured in Value Drivers BLOG (October 2016)
  • Direct Steel & Construction Published in Enterprising Women Magazine (Summer 2016)
  • Direct Steel & Construction Project Highlighted in Metal Construction News (August 2016)
  • Direct Steel & Construction Project Highlighted in Chicago Tribune (May 2016)
  • Direct Steel & Construction Featured Contractor in the McHenry County Business Journal Book of Lists (January 2015)
  • Direct Steel & Construction President featured in “Lessons Learned” BLOG on Today’s Chicago Woman’s website (September 2014)
  • Direct Steel & Construction Recognized by the Chicago Sun Times (September 2013)
  • Direct Steel & Construction participates in Groundbreaking for Dorr Township’s new office (August 2012)
  • Direct Steel & Construction highlighted within the DexOne produced video (October 2011)
  • Direct Steel & Construction recognized in Today’s Chicago Woman’s magazine (May 2011)
  • Direct Steel & Construction receives the Department of Commerce and Economic
    Opportunity (DECO) contract (January 2011)
Awards
  • Recognized with Leadership Award by Chicago Sky (June 2017)
  • Direct Steel & Construction President, Rosemary Swierk, was recognized with Women of Influence Award (March 2017)
  • Direct Steel & Construction is the recipient of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) award (November 2016)
  • Direct Steel & Construction is awarded the Varco Pruden Building’s 2016 Hall of Fame Winner (March 2016)
  • Direct Steel & Construction earned the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Award (prestigious awards program recognizing the world’s top women entrepreneurs, Entertaining Women Magazine, January 2016)
  • Direct Steel & Construction President, Rosemary Swierk, awarded Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year (September 2014)
  • Direct Steel & Construction wins the Varco Pruden Buildings 2014 Hall of Fame award (March 2014)
  • Direct Steel & Construction is the recipient of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) – Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship to attend the 2013 Tuck WBENC Executive Program sponsored by IBM (August 2013)
  • Varco Prudent presents Direct Steel & Construction with Builder Sales Volume Award (May 2013)
  • Direct Steel & Construction president, Rosemary Swierk, presented Athena Powerlink Award (June 2012)
  • Direct Steel & Construction earned the Varco Pruden Buildings Hall of Fame award (April 2012)
  • Direct Steel & Construction is awarded the Women’s Business Development Center WBE of the Month (November 2010)
Speaking Engagements - Rosemary Swierk, President
  • Selected as Moderator for a City Club of Chicago panel (May 2018)
  • Presented during EPA, SBA & WBDC Women’s History Event as Featured Panelist (March 2018)
  • Featured panelist at the National Association of REALTORS Conference (November 2017)
  • Featured panelist at WIPP Conference sponsored by Department of Defense (July 2017)
  • Featured panelist at WBDC/PTAC sponsored event (April 2017)
  • Featured panelist at Procurement Technical Assistance Center & Women Business Development Center event (March 2017)
  • Featured panelist at the 5th Annual Middle Market Manufacturing Investment Conference (February 2017)
  • Featured panelist for the Secrets of Successful Women Entrepreneurs (September 2016)
  • Featured panelist for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce (September 2015)
  • Featured panelist for the Illinois Diversity Council (May 2015)
  • Featured speaker at Indiana University Business Forum (March 2015)
  • Featured presenter at NSEN event (November 2014)
  • Featured panelist for the Small Business Administration Contract Connections and ChallengeHER event (August 2014)
  • Featured panelist for WBDC: Business Success
  • Featured panelist for the Indiana University Chicago Advancement; Risk and Reward Event (May 2014)
Business Advocate
  • Represented at the WBENC Dallas Summit & Salute Conference (March 2018)
  • Represented amongst the over 2,200 Alumni from Chicago & across the country attending the first-ever 10KSB National Alumni Summit in Washington, DC (Special Guests Included Warren Buffet, Lloyd Blankfein, Michael Bloomberg, Sara Blakely, Tyler Perry & many more)
  • Represented at Capitol Hill (February 2018)
  • Represented Small Business during SBDC Advisory Board Meeting (September 2017)
  • Direct Steel & Construction President was appointed to Advisory Board (June 2016)
  • Metal Builder Manufacturers Association (MBMA) Contractor Task Group Appointment (June 2015)
  • Appointed to the State of Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Advisory Board (October 2014)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) hosts round table at Direct Steel & Construction offices (April 2013)
Endorsements
  • Direct Steel & Construction recognized during Chicago Sky’s Inspiring Women Night (August 2017)
  • Direct Steel & Construction recognized for the 10th anniversary as an authorized Varco Pruden Buildings Builder (June 2014)
  • Direct Steel & Construction celebrates 10th anniversary (January 2014)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Regional Director recognized Direct Steel’s accomplishments (March 2013)
  • Direct Steel LLC recognized in the Business Journal’s PowerBook 2013 Book of Lists (January 2013)
  • Direct Steel & Construction has been selected as one of 102 small businesses Sam’s Club is helping during the 2012 holiday season. Along with SCORE Foundation (Small Business Association), Sam’s Club is supporting customized training and providing $1,000 in merchandise to help us grow our small business (December 2012)
  • Direct Steel & Construction recognized as Honoree at Athena International convention (October 2012)
  • Received a Certificate of Registration for U.S. Trademark of “Direct Steel” (October 2012)
  • Direct Steel & Construction awarded the Small Business Association SCORE Mentor program (September 2012)
  • Presented Varco Pruden Buildings Hall of Fame plaque (August 2012)
  • Direct Steel & Construction nominated as Small Business Association’s SCORE Women Owned Small Business of the Year (March 2012)
  • Direct Steel & Construction is authorized by American Institute of Architects to provide pre-engineered metal building presentations for educational credit (February 2012)
Executive Programs & Certifications
  • Direct Steel & Construction President graduates from the Dartmouth/Tuck Executive Program II (October 2017)
  • LEED Green Associate Accreditation Renewed (April 2015)
  • Dartmouth/Tuck Executive Program (October 2013)
  • LEED Green Associate accreditation earned (June 2011)
  • Awarded the Athena Power Link Program (May 2011)
  • Represented as Founding Member of the Varco Pruden Buildings Green Advisory Board (May 2011)