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Event calendar

Date Time Location Description Registration
Oct. 27, 2021 9 – 10:30 a.m. Online Effective Proposal Writing to Make or Break Your Proposal - Your response to a solicitation and how well you understand what is being requested can be the pivot point in your government contracting endeavors. Let's talk about how to make you and your proposal successful! Register here: https://mngov.ecenterdirect.com/events/1633
Oct. 27, 2021 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Join via Teams Workforce Results and Transparency Meeting - The Results and Transparency workgroup reviews and monitors the projects, workforce goals, and progress in hiring women and people of color on highway construction projects. rlieser@zanassoc.com 
Oct. 28, 2021 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Becoming successful course 102: Running a Business This beginner course provides an overview of key components of running a business from the perspective of an owner. Discuss operational components and strategies, barriers facing a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and learn to "think like an owner." Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Oct. 28, 2021 9 - 10 a.m.

Join via Zoom
Meeting ID: 837 8178 4674
Passcode: 187426

Youth Outreach Committee – This Collaborative subcommittee identifies recruitment strategies and educational opportunities. No registration necessary.
Questions: sylvia.garcia@state.mn.us; elaine.valadez@state.mn.us
Oct. 28, 2021 3 – 5 p.m. Online PTAC / DBE / MnDOT Prime Networking Opportunity - Are you a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)?  Would you like to learn more about how to leverage that certification?  Are you interested in knowing who some of MnDOT's large prime contractors are and how you can become a subcontractor for them? Join us for this networking event to hear about upcoming projects and tips on do's and don'ts directly from the primes.

Register here: https://mngov.ecenterdirect.com/events/1634

Nov. 3, 2021 1 - 2:30 p.m. Online Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program overview- The DBE program applies to projects with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Met Council, and the City of Minneapolis. To participate in the DBE program, your firm must be a small business that is at least 51% owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s). Attend this session to learn program details, certification basics, and how the government agencies utilize it, and the benefits of having the certification.

Register here: https://mngov.ecenterdirect.com/events/1635

Nov. 4, 2021 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Making money course 103: Accounting fundamentals The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner. In this beginner course, acquire a basic understanding of accounting terms and practices including reviewing financial statements, financial repair, and break-even analysis. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Nov. 9, 2021 9 - 10:30 a.m. Join via Zoom Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Committee – The DBE committee identifies issues and recommendations related to building capacity, utilization, and sustainability of DBE firms. Questions: bbjorklund@zanassoc.com
Nov. 11, 2021 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Increasing business course 106: Value of marketing The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner. In this beginner course, gain an understanding of the concept of branding and the importance of marketing. Discuss ways to build your brand, market your company, create an elevator pitch and gain a basic understanding of different marketing techniques. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Nov. 16, 2021 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Staying out of trouble course 105: Prevention The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner. In this beginner course, become familiar with legal components and ramifications in the construction industry. Learn different parts of a contract, subcontractor clauses, bid qualifiers and more. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Nov. 17, 2021 9 - 11 a.m. Join via GoToMeeting
Dial-in: 408-650-3123; Access Code: 857-455-805
Full DBE and Workforce Collaborative – The DBE and Workforce Collaborative is an advisory group of stakeholders from various industry groups interested in DBE and workforce diversity.
The Collaborative’s goal is to increase the diversity of firms and people of color and women participation in the construction industry to reflect the demographics of the State of Minnesota by:
  • Building the future workforce,
  • Expanding existing business and workforce skills,
  • Ensuring transparency, and
  • Connecting people and firms with each other.
It is an open group that welcomes the participation of all who support the goal. Any organization or individual committed to the goal may participate by attending a Collaborative meeting.
No registration necessary.
Questions: Brigitte Bjorklund, bbjorklund@zanassoc.com
Nov. 18, 2021 9-11 a.m. Online Finding Opportunities & Successful Bidding Tips – Where Should I Be Searching? Join us to learn the tools to find the right opportunity and successfully submit your bid. Learn how to research various agency websites including MnDOT, Department of Administration, federal sites and more. This session will benefit all industries, but emphasis will be on construction and highway heavy opportunities.

Register here: https://mngov.ecenterdirect.com/events/1638

Dec. 7, 2021 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Winning MnDOT work course 101: Positioning your company The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner. In this beginner course, gain an understanding of MnDOT organization and project delivery. Recognize the effect market conditions have on pricing, learn to take a systematic approach to estimating and hear from DBE guest speakers. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Dec. 9, 2021 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Making money course 203: Maximizing profit – The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner.  In this intermediate course, learn how to use accounting practices for your business needs, review general ledger theory, income statement, job costing, payroll and tax preparation. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Dec. 8, 2021 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Join via Teams Workforce Results and Transparency Meeting - The Results and Transparency workgroup reviews and monitors the projects, workforce goals, and progress in hiring women and people of color on highway construction projects. rlieser@zanassoc.com 
Dec. 9, 2021 9 - 10:30 a.m. Online Worksite Cooperation Committee – This Collaborative subcommittee identifies worksite issues related to workforce diversity and develops recommendations to ensure construction worksites are respectful and welcoming to all. No registration necessary.
Questions: Norma Miller, nmiller@ultcmn.org; Mel Reeves, mellaneous19@yahoo.com
Dec. 14, 2021 9 - 10:30 a.m. Join via Zoom Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Committee – The DBE committee identifies issues and recommendations related to building capacity, utilization, and sustainability of DBE firms. Questions: bbjorklund@zanassoc.com
Dec. 15, 2021 9:30 - 11 a.m. Join via GoToMeeting
Dial-in: 224-501-3412; Access Code: 808-427-261
Leadership Committee -This Collaborative subcommittee establishes agendas for Collaborative meetings, makes recommendations to the full Collaborative, and provides oversight and direction to the subcommittees. No registration necessary.
Questions: Faith Xiong fxiong@zanassoc.com
Dec 16, 2021 9 - 10 a.m. Zoom link TBA Youth Outreach Committee – This Collaborative subcommittee identifies recruitment strategies and educational opportunities. No registration necessary.
Questions: sylvia.garcia@state.mn.us; elaine.valadez@state.mn.us
Jan. 6, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Making money course 303: Making more money – The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner. In this advanced course, evaluate your business's financial position and generate projections; gain an understanding of buying vs. leasing, cash flow, and balance sheets; and learn how to conduct a financial statement analysis. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Jan. 8, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Making money course 104: Introduction to QuickBooks The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner. In this beginner course, acquire a basic understanding of QuickBooks. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Jan. 13, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Staying out of trouble course 205: Contract protection The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner.  In this intermediate course, learn about laws that affect the construction business and discuss how to reduce business liabilities. Gain an understanding of business law, change orders, sub-contracts liability, bonds and more. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Jan. 15, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Making money course 204: Accounting with QuickBooks system – The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner. In this intermediate course, learn to use QuickBooks for sales, accounts receivable and accounts payable. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Jan. 20, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Increasing business course 206: Integrating marketing strategies – The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner. This intermediate course will focus on different marketing strategies and how to integrate them. Discuss and prepare a marketing plan and learn the value of utilizing multiple strategies. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Jan. 25, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Increasing business course 306: Action plan – The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner. In this advanced course, create marketing goals and an action plan to achieve them, discuss the value of analyzing results, a marketing cycle and how to adjust your marketing strategy as your company grows. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Feb. 3, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Winning MnDOT work course 201: Preparing the tools The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner. In this intermediate level, learn from MnDOT experts who will discuss useful tools and offer valuable lessons. Learn about alternative MnDOT contracting methods, small business contracting opportunities, prevailing wage, bid opportunities and how to do business with MnDOT. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Feb. 10, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Staying out of trouble course 305: Construction and contracts – The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner.  In this advanced course, learn about the different legal components of a MnDOT contract, specifications, performance bonds and MnDOT forms. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Mar. 3, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Becoming successful course 202: Implementing strategies The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner. In this intermediate course, gain an understanding of management units and how to identify short and long-term goals. Learn how to create a SWOT analysis and its benefits. Discuss MnDOT Prequals, handling economic downtime and more. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Mar. 10, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Winning MnDOT work course 301: A successful submittal The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner.  In this advanced level course, gain an understanding of the components of a successful bid and review the submittal process.  Prime contractors will present their experience and what they look for from their sub-contractors. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com
Mar. 17, 2022 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Online DBE Business Academy: Becoming successful course 302: Sustainability The DBE Business Academy teaches from the perspective of running a business as an owner. In this advanced course, prepare an operational action plan and learn the importance of implementing strategies to achieve action plan goals. Discuss how to navigate the ups and downs of owning a busines and the transitional phase from the DBE program. Register for this DBE Business Academy course here. Questions: sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com