BOSTON – March 12, 2020 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, is proud to announce that it ranked sixth on the list of the 25 biggest women-owned businesses in Massachusetts.
For the first time, the Boston Business Journal (BBJ) ranked the state’s largest women-owned businesses as a standalone list. To be considered for the list, the Massachusetts-based business must be owned at least 51 percent by a woman or women. Previously, the ranking of companies by revenue had been a combined list of minority- and women-owned businesses in Massachusetts. In 2014, Jane Kaplan Peck became the majority owner and chief operating officer (COO) of Kaplan Construction. Since then, the company has grown to $49.5 million in annual revenue and 41 employees.
- We have made a very conscious effort to hire a gender-balanced staff and have been able to do so for all of our professional positions. It has been a challenge to hire female field staff, but we continue to strive to fill that gap.Jane Kaplan PeckChief operating office & majority ownerKaplan Construction
In October 2014, one of Jane’s first undertakings as the newly appointed COO was spearheading the effort to be certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. WBEs are entities that are at least 51 percent owned and/or controlled by women. Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and women owned businesses provide ever increasing value to the Massachusetts economy, making up the state’s fastest growing business sector in the Commonwealth. Kaplan also frequently performs on projects requiring Boston Resident Jobs Policy (BRJP) compliance and has employed a significant number of women and minority-owned subcontractors in doing so.
A respected industry leader, Jane has been named a Women of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE) by Banking New England magazine; an Outstanding Woman of Family Business by The Warren Group; Emerging Leader of the Year by the Associated General Contractors Massachusetts Chapter (AGC MA) in its first ever BWiC Inspire Awards; and a Women in Construction by the editorial board at Constructech Magazine.