Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

Supportive Services Program

Business Development Program Summary

A multi-tiered Business Development program designed to provide DBE’s with general and firm-specific training and technical assistance to help them to become more competitive within the heavy highway construction industry. This program will give DBE firms an opportunity to gain that competitive edge within and outside the highway industry.

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Company selection

The program is announced via newsletter, e-blasts, events, website and personal contact.  Interested DBE's apply to participate in the program (at no charge).   Applications will be reviewed and participants selected by ADOT. To qualify for this program, firms must currently DBE certified to participate in this program. Preference will be given to construction and design firms. Other work categories of DBE firms may apply to fill open slots as they become available.

Companies interested in participating in the program should be committed and make every effort to attend the sessions for maximum effectiveness.


Applicants will be sorted into three broad groupings as shown on the following table (with selection criteria also shown):

  • New and Emerging
  • PaceSetters
  • Masters


  • Firms receive business and industry training and tools to improve their operations
  • Graduating firms are more equipped to pursue contracts, actually receive contracts and perform well on contracts
  • Graduating firms realize growth within their firms

Topic overview

The following topics are among those that have been identified.  Participants will submit topic ideas as well:

  • Business Topics including:
    • HR Management and Tools
    • Profit Management Principles
    • Contract Law for Entrepreneurs
    • Building a Powerful Brand
    • What you need to know about Lending
    • Tax laws
    • Leadership
  • Industry Topics including:
    • Bonding
    • Project prospecting
    • Bidding/Estimating
    • Meetings with Primes
  • Vote your Own – A couple sessions identified by participants

Other inclusions

Other programs contemplated for this program include but are not limited to:

  • On-site meetings with ADOT staff
  • On-site meetings with Prime Contracting and Consulting teams
  • One-on-one technical assistance specific to DBE needs
  • One-on-One Subject Matter Expert assistance for Masters participants
  • Exposure to community partners
  • Mentor opportunities


  • One-on-one assistance for graduates
  • Develop class relationships as future peer mentors
  • Six hours of subject matter help from experts like attorneys, HR professional, branding experts and more for Masters Level participants
  • A new promotional short video for your Company
  • Early applications for future ADOT Management Technical Assistance programs
  • Recognition at ADOT DBESS events and in DBESS news
  • Key Dates
    • Accepting applications and business assessments through August 31, 2016

If you are interested in applying for the program, please complete the application and business assessment and send to DBESupportiveServices@azdot.gov.



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Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, o discapacidad.  Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles en civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.