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Building Blocks of Success: IDOT hosts DBE workshops in February

IDOT Blog – Monday, October 3, 2022

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

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.

February workshop dates and topics are:

  • Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to noon: Basic Math for Pay Items -1
  • Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to noon: Basic Math for Pay Items - 2
  • Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to noon: Basic Math for Pay Items - 3
  • Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to noon: Meet the RE, Construction Supervisor and the Bureau Chief of Construction
  • Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to noon: What Banks Look for: Basic Requirements
  • Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to noon: Understanding How Banks Make Lending Decisions

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