Business and Program Development
MnDOT’s Business Development Program creates a framework that provides training and technical assistance, along with access to business and financial resources that help small businesses compete more effectively on MnDOT projects/contracts. It is a comprehensive approach, organized into six impact areas:
- Growing the DBE pool
- Building DBE firm capacity
- Building DBE firm technical expertise
- Building DBE firm financial literacy
- DBE academy
MnDOT Office of Civil Rights must conduct a needs assessment of the On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) programs every three years. The needs assessment serves as the basis for planning and program development that will help achieve the goals of the two programs. The most recent needs assessment report (PDF) was completed in March of 2016. Questions about this report should be directed to email@example.com.
Training and information center
Construction trades - Highway Heavy Construction Training
Highway Heavy Construction Training provides training for minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals in highway heavy occupations so they can work on MnDOT projects. The Highway Heavy Construction Training curriculum is an overview of the construction industry and introduction to construction careers, safety/rules (OSHA 30) in the construction industry, construction terminology, civil technology, and surveying, measurements and dimensions-math skills in construction surveying, muscle conditioning, strengthening, cardio conditioning, flexibility and nutrition, operation of power tools and heavy equipment.
YWCA Highway Heavy Construction Training
YWCA, St. Paul
375 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Program expiration date: May 31, 2016
Summit Academy Opportunities Industrialization Center Highway Heavy Construction Training
Summit academy OIC
935 Olson Memorial Highway
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Program expiration date: Sept. 30, 2016
MnDOT contract opportunities
Mentor Protege Program
The purpose of the Mentor Protege Program is to further the development of DBEs, including but not limited to assisting them to move into non-traditional areas of work and/or compete in the marketplace outside the DBE Program, via training and assistance from other firms.
Working Capital Loan Fund Program
The Working Capital Loan Fund Program provides short-term financing to DBEs to help complete eligible MnDOT projects.