DBE Supportive Services

It is IDOT’s goal to provide assistance to DBE firms and individuals interested in doing business with the department in ways that ensure equity, access, and transparency. IDOT, in accordance with federal guidelines, strives to facilitate and implement programs that can help current and future business partners open the door to doing business with us.

The department works towards this goal in a variety of ways, most notably through the tools available at our Resource Centers, the Supportive Services Program that is executed through our partnerships with consultants who provide management and technical supportive services assistance, and corresponding supportive services programs that fall under the umbrella Supportive Services Program. This support is provided at no charge to IDOT’s DBE firms, to firms seeking IDOT DBE certification, to IL UCP DBE certified firms who have an IDOT contract, and to prime contractors doing business with IDOT.  For a printable flyer on Supportive Services Brochure click here.

For questions regarding the Supportive Services Program, email DOT.SupportiveServices@illinois.gov

Please navigate the tabs below for more information. We hope you take advantage of these resources. If you are interested in becoming an IDOT certified DBE, please visit our DBE Certification webpage.

Firms seeking to do buisness with IDOT can access Resource Centers in every IDOT district statewide.  Resource Centers provide access to Internet, computers, printers and scanners for DBE firms conducting business with IDOT.  Supportive Services consultants utilize the Resource Centers to host a variety of workshops, networking sessions and to provide one-on-one assistance. 

Reimbursement Program

As of October 1, 2016, IDOT has added a Reimbursement component to its Supportive Services Program. IDOT Certified DBE firms can be eligible to be reimbursed for costs incurred in certain categories. Click HERE for more information on what is eligible for reimbursement.

Click HERE for the Reimbursement Checklist to assist IDOT certified DBE firms in completing the reimbursement process.

*This program is available to firms only while funds are available and all requests are not guaranteed reimburseable.



IDOT's Bureau of Small Business Enterprises, Policy & Supportive Services Unit strives to bring new and innovative workshops, seminars, and informative webinars to the public to assist them in doing business with IDOT, developing skills to becoming more competitive on IDOT projects, and to be aware of policy and procedure changes.  Each District hosts a variety of workshops, events, and other initiatives to provide opportunities to assist firms in developing their skills, knowledge, and capabilities, to do the best work, while working with IDOT. 

Please check out IDOT's Event Calendar for the most comprehensive list of upcoming events or workshops in your area. IDOT Events Calendar.

Management Assistance

Assistance with cash flow, bonding and financing, payments, obtaining work and equipment / other resources, preparation of business plans, computer technology, certification / prequalification application assistance, assessment / development / improvement of management, accounting and computer systems, assistance with loan package preparation, development of web site / marketing materials / safety plans, and IDOT DBE workshops is also available.

Districts 1, 2, 3

Ralph G. Moore & Associates 
401 South LaSalle Suite 1401
Chicago, IL 60605 
Phone: 312/419-7260 
Fax: 312/419-1918 
E-mail: theojoyner@rgma.com

Districts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9

Mr. Mark Vaughn, Project Director
Franklin & Vaughn, LLC 
1 Sunset Hills Professional Center, Suite D
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone: 618/614-3194
Fax: 888/675-4426
E-mail: mark@franklinvaughncpa.com 

Technical Assistance

Training and assistance in estimating, bidding, negotiations, technical tasks, reading specifications and plans, developing production schedules, preparing required reporting forms and documentation, reviewing IDOT contract-related documents / reports, assistance with IDOT project site inspections / meetings and contract troubleshooting, and IDOT DBE workshops is available.

Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 & 9

Paul Moreno, President/Project Director
Millennia Professional Services
850 North Main Street
Morton, Illinois 61550
Phone: 309/303-8428
Fax: 309/321-8142
Email: pmoreno@mps-il.com

Mr. Don Hammel, District 1 Lead Contact Person
Millennia Professional Services
2600 Warrenville Road, Suite 203
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: 708/829-8686
Mobile: 312/939-1027
Email: dhammel@mps-il.com

District 6

Jim Schoenherr
Quigg Engineering Inc.
2351 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 217/670-0563
Cell: 217/303-4403
Fax: 217/679-2204
E-mail:  jschoenherr@quiggengineering.com 

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Business Development Program

Application enrollment for the FFY 2017 Program year is now open. Applications are available HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Goodrum at (217) 524-7793. For more information on the BDP Program click HERE.   DEADLINE FOR 2017 APPLICATIONS IS JANUARY 13, 2017. 

Highway Construction Careers Training Program

IDOT, through the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), has established the Highway Construction Careers Training Program. This program is designed to increase the total number of historically underutilized individuals working on IDOT highway construc-tion projects. Participants in the program have an opportunity to learn highway construction industry trade and life skills including math used in the trade, blueprint reading, and how to use a variety of highway construction tools.

The Code of Federal Regulations (23 CFR 230 Subpart A) defines an equal opportunity program on federal aid projects as this, “supportive services means those services provided in connection with approved on-the-job training programs for highway con-struction workers and highway contractors which are designed to increase the overall effectiveness of training programs through the performance of functions determined to be necessary in connection with such programs, but which are not generally consid-ered as comprising part of actual on-the-job craft training”. IDOT developed from this federal regulation, the Highway Construction Careers Training Program.

Please visit the HCCTP webpage for more information on this program.

Mentor Protégé Program

The Construction / Consultant Mentor Protégé Program centers on business collaborations between mentor firms and protégé firms (DBE certified socially and economically disadvantaged businesses) to provide developmental assistance to enhance the pro-tégé’s business and technical capabilities to do more complex work.

Please visit our Mentor Protégé webpage for more information.

DBE Working Capital Revolving Loan Program

In September 2013, IDOT launched the DBE Working Capital Revolving Loan Program. For more information on this program and to find out how you can take advantage of this opportunity, please click here.

Target Market Program

The Target Market Program seeks to provide procurement opportunities for minority and women-owned firms to bid as prime contractors and is aimed to further diversity in the IDOT Construction Program.

Please visit our Target Market Program webpage for more information.

Note: this is a state only program.

Annual Conferences

IDOT’s annual “Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward” (TCTR) Conference provides opportunities for DBEs and subcontractors to network with prime contractors and acquire information on programs, policy changes, strategic networking, best practices and specific skill development.  The 2017 conference will be better than ever!!

The next TCTR Conference will be held March 27-28, 2017 in Springfield, Illinois at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel.

Please click here for more information on TCTR.


IDOT is accepting applications for the FY 2015 Business Development Program until November 30, 2014. For more information on the program, please click on Assistance Programs tab, seen above. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Goodrum at (217) 524-7793.


Visit IDOT’s Events webpage to view upcoming IDOT events that are held across the state. You can also visit a pre-filtered event webpage that includes any events related to doing business with the department, please click here.

Diversity Newsletter

Please click here to read IDOT’s most recent Diversity newsletter.

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