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Building Blocks of Success: IDOT hosts DBE workshops in March

The Office of Business and Workforce Diversity will host free virtual workshops in March as part of Building Blocks of Success, a continuing series of free virtual workshops for firms interested in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, strengthening their skills and bidding on state construction projects.

Administered by IDOT, the DBE program provides minorities, women and other eligible small businesses the opportunity to participate in highway, transit and airport contracts that are federally and state funded. Workshop topics include advanced financing, QuickBooks training, estimating and bidding, insurance, management, contract compliance, steps needed to be certified as a DBE firm, and more.

March workshop dates and topics are:

  • March 16, 10 a.m. to noon: Force Account (T&M) Work
  • March 17, 10 a.m. to noon: Contracts
  • March 21, 10 a.m. to noon: Materials A to Z
  • March 22, 10 a.m. to noon: Getting Paid
  • March 24, 10 a.m. to noon: Daily Documentation

Future topics covered include understanding insurance and bonding requirements, scheduling work, avoiding pitfalls, steps needed to be certified as a DBE firm and more. Building Blocks of Success will continue through April. Workshop information, including dates and times, is available through Eventbrite. Advance registration is required.

For more information on becoming a certified DBE and learning more about IDOT resources that are available, visit our website.