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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Academy


MnDOT has awarded a contract to IMO Consulting Group to deliver a multi-level business development program for certified small businesses. All aspects of this training program were designed with small businesses in mind, as the small business courses will give you the opportunity to learn from experts in your field and gain hands-on experience.

Academy Courses

Classes are offered at the beginner (100 Series), intermediate (200 Series) and advanced (300 Series) levels in five key business functions:

  • Bidding and Estimating
  • Review plans and learn how to prepare a successful bid.

  • Accounting and Finances
  • Learn basic accounting, the importance of using QuickBooks systems and evaluate your company’s financial position to generate business projections.

  • Contract and Legal Issues
  • Become familiar with legal components and ramifications in the construction industry. Gain an understanding of laws that affect the construction businesses and learn to reduce business liabilities.

  • Marketing Strategies
  • Understand the concepts of branding and the importance of networking. Learn how to integrate different marketing techniques to reach your marketing goals; including social media, direct communication, email marketing basics and more.

  • Operation and Management
  • Gain understanding of key components of running a business, review management strategies and identify short and long-term goals.

How do I sign up?

  • DBE’s are encouraged to take a self-assessment to determine course needs and placement.
  • Check out the upcoming course calendar and registration information.
  • Courses will be held at either IMO Consulting Group’s Office in Minnetonka or the MnDOT Arden Hills Training Center. Each course is offered on multiple dates and are two to four hours in length.
  • For direct assistance, contact Shannel Baker, IMO Consulting Group at sbaker@imoconsultinggroup.com or 952-446-7898