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DBE Supportive Services

The Bureau of Small Business Enterprises assists DBE firms and individuals interested in doing business with IDOT in ways that ensure equity, access, and transparency. IDOT, in accordance with federal guidelines, facilitates and implements programs that can help current and future vendors grow with the agency.

Considered a national best practice, our Supportive Services program requires DBE firms to complete an intake interview with IDOT personnel to ensure that our available consultants provide individualized support. This support is provided at no charge to IDOT’s DBE firms, firms seeking IDOT DBE certification, and IL UCP firms who have an IDOT contract. 

For more on the Supportive Services Program, please reference our overview document or email DOT.SupportiveServices@illinois.gov.

Build Your Future with IDOT’s DBE Certification

Our team members stand ready to help diverse individuals start a career in transportation, grow their businesses, achieve success with IDOT, and enrich their communities.

Click any of the links below for more information on available resources.

DBE Success Story: Brewster Companies, Inc. 

“As a DBE, you can trust that IDOT is investing in your future and committed to seeing you succeed. The amount of value we found through the agency’s Supportive Services resources was transformational. We’d encourage other businesses to explore opportunities.” 

Alex Nazetta, Vice President and COO, Brewster Companies, Inc.
Maryville, Ill.

Click here to read more about how IDOT’s DBE Supportive Services helped Brewster realize growth.

DBE Programs

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) from any sector can benefit from IDOT’s support – and obtaining a DBE certification is just the beginning. We are committed to helping our vendors grow and learn through our ongoing programming.

Foundation for Growth Business Development Program: The Business Development Program provides a structured process for DBEs to receive firm-specific guidance to propel their growth in the transportation industry. Each firm receives a full business evaluation and analysis, tailored training that may be eligible for reimbursement, and a host of other opportunities to increase each participant’s competitiveness.  

IDOT accepts 15 total firms annually, and enrollment opens once per year. Please check back in 2022 for updates on the next application cycle.  

Highway Construction Careers Training Program: IDOT administers the Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) through community colleges across the Department's nine districts. This program is designed to increase the total number of historically underutilized individuals working on IDOT highway construction projects. Participants learn highway construction industry trade and life skills including specialized math, blueprint reading, OSHA certification, utilization of highway construction tools, and more.

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

Mentor Protégé Program: The Mentor Protégé Program centers on business collaborations between mentor firms and protégé firms (DBE certified socially and economically disadvantaged businesses) to provide developmental assistance that enhances the protégé’s business and technical capabilities to do more complex work.

Please visit our Mentor Protégé webpage for more information.

DBE Resource Centers

DISTRICT 1

DBE Resource Center

900 South Des Plaines Street

Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 939-1100

Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday by appointment

Tuesday/Thursday; 8:00-4:30 by walk-in

 

South Suburban Resource Center

Ludeman Development Center

114 N. Orchard Drive

Park Forest, IL 60466

Phone: (708) 283-3618 or (708) 283-3616

Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday by appointment

Tuesday/Thursday; 8:00-4:30 by walk-in

 

DISTRICT 2

DBE Resource Center 

819 Depot Avenue, Room 229 

Dixon, IL 61021 

Phone: (815) 284-5317 

Hours: Appointment only, 8:00-4:00

 

DISTRICT 3

DBE Resource Center 

700 East Norris Drive, Room 121 

Ottawa, IL 61350 

Phone: (815) 434-8440 

Hours: Appointment only, 7:30-4:00

 

DISTRICT 4

DBE Resource Center 

401 Main Street, 7th Floor ~6th Floor check in~ 

Peoria, IL 61602 

Phone: (309) 671-4872 

Hours: 8:00-4:30, no appointment necessary

DISTRICT 5

DBE Resource Center 

13473 IL Hwy. 133 Paris, IL 61944 

Phone: (217) 465-4181 Ext. 293 

Hours: Appointment only, 7:00-3:30

 

DISTRICT 6

DBE Resource Center

1340 N. 9 th St. 

Springfield, IL 62702 

Phone: (217) 524-2132 

Hours: Appointment only, 8:00-4:00

 

DISTRICT 7

DBE Resource Center 

400 West Wabash, Annex Room 

Effingham, IL 62401 

Phone: (217) 342-8300 

Hours: Appointment only, 8:30-4:00

 

DISTRICT 8

DBE Resource Center 

Kenneth Hall Regional Building #10, Collinsville Avenue 

3rd Floor, Room 303 

East St. Louis, IL 62201 

Phone: (618) 583-2213 

Hours: Appointment only, 8:00-4:30

 

DISTRICT 9

DBE Resource Center 

2801 West Murphysboro Road 

Carbondale, IL 62903 

Phone: (618) 351-5326

Hours: Appointment only, 8:00-3:30