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Events



November 2022


The Low-Down on Credit Scores

Learn what lenders look at on your credit report. Understand what a credit score is, how it is determined, and why it is so important. Learn how to change your credit score.


December 2022


Erosion Control training

In this one-day workshop, gain the technical skills to successfully pursue construction subcontracts in seeding and erosion control and prevention. All Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Targeted Group Businesses, and Veteran-owned businesses are eligible to attend. Train in the classroom and in a field exercise.  Understand how to follow material specifications. Learn to estimate the costs to comply with permits and contracts. Take the MnDOT Certified Installers for Construction Activities exam.

Erosion Control training

In this one-day workshop, gain the technical skills to successfully pursue construction subcontracts in seeding and erosion control and prevention. All Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Targeted Group Businesses, and Veteran-owned businesses are eligible to attend. Train in the classroom and in a field exercise.  Understand how to follow material specifications. Learn to estimate the costs to comply with permits and contracts. Take the MnDOT Certified Installers for Construction Activities exam.

OSHA 10 Certification Training

In this two-day workshop, receive an introduction to Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and regulations and earn OSHA 10 Certification. All Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Targeted Group Businesses, and Veteran-owned businesses are eligible to attend. Learn OSHA Focus 4 skills: Falls, Electrocution, Struck By, Caught in Between. Learn about personal protective equipment. Focus on highway heavy safety. Gain confidence in a lifesaving emergency.

Results and Transparency Committee

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.

Building Your Best Capability Statements

Be ready for contracting opportunities. Learn the basic building blocks of a business capability statement. Discover why you need more than one statement. The session will concentrate on focus, assessing, tracking, and projecting capabilities. Develop marketing and visibility for your business as it grows. Receive tips for preparing the best elevator speech. Learn what you need to make a business portfolio and get ready for next week’s workshop “Assembling Your Best Portfolio.”

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.

Assembling Your Best Portfolio

This session is being offered by the MN Dept of Administration's PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center) in partnership with MnDOT and their Small Business Support Services.  What goes into the business portfolio?  What is the purpose of a Portfolio?  When is a portfolio used? What is the best type of portfolio to use for my business? How do I assemble the portfolio? What type of narrative goes into the portfolio?  And many more of your questions will be answered during this session.

Youth Outreach Committee

This Collaborative subcommittee identifies recruitment strategies and educational opportunities.

Leadership Committee Meeting

The Leadership Committee is a subcommittee of the Collaborative that establishes agendas for Collaborative meetings, makes recommendations to the full Collaborative, and provides oversight and direction to the subcommittees.


January 2023


OSHA 10 Certification Training

In this two-day workshop, receive an introduction to Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and regulations and earn OSHA 10 Certification. All Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Targeted Group Businesses, and Veteran-owned businesses are eligible to attend. Learn OSHA Focus 4 skills: Falls, Electrocution, Struck By, Caught in Between. Learn about personal protective equipment. Focus on highway heavy safety. Gain confidence in a lifesaving emergency.

Small Business Negotiated Maintenance and Construction Contracts (NMCs) Training

Learn about MnDOT’s Negotiated Maintenance and Construction Contracts. Understand what NMCs are and what work types they include. Become familiar with common NMC language and acronyms. Learn NMC process and quote packages. Learn to read and interpret plans. Understand NMC standard specifications, special provisions, prevailing wage and labor compliance. Learn how to quote and bid on NMCs. Learn about insurance, bonding, and procurement. Receive resources and tips, including how to avoid common mistakes on NMCs.

Small Business Certifications to Give Your Company an Edge

Certification is a rigorous, but highly valuable, process of obtaining a credential for your business growth. Obtaining one or more certifications can have an advantage in the government and corporate marketplace. Learn how to qualify and prepare for the certification process. This workshop will review all the available federal, state and local government certifications and several corporate certifications for various socioeconomic groups such as women, minority, and veteran. Some of the certifications we will discuss include DBE, CERT, TG/ED/VO, WBE, MBE, 8(a), WOSB, VOSB, and HUBZone.


February 2023


Finding Opportunities

You have registered in SAM and are hunting on sam.gov for bidding opportunities, but that doesn’t mean you will find the right opportunities. Learn how to increase your chances and become a proactive hunter. Learn tips for positioning, websites to search, subcontracting tactics, forecasting of government purchases, places to register, and strategies to deploy.

OSHA 10 Certification Training

In this two-day workshop, receive an introduction to Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and regulations and earn OSHA 10 Certification. All Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Targeted Group Businesses, and Veteran-owned businesses are eligible to attend. Learn OSHA Focus 4 skills: Falls, Electrocution, Struck By, Caught in Between. Learn about personal protective equipment. Focus on highway heavy safety. Gain confidence in a lifesaving emergency.

How to Bid with MnDOT

This session is being offered by the MN Dept of Administration's PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center) in partnership with MnDOT and their Small Business Support Services.  Join us to learn the ins and outs of how to look for projects and submit a bid with MnDOT. Whether it's getting registered as a Supplier in the SWIFT system, completing the MnDOT vendor form, understanding the steps to take, finding the plan room, or knowing about Bid Express, we will walk through the steps to introduce how to prepare for a successful bid submission.


March 2023


Effective Proposal Writing

You have found an opportunity, now what? Learn how to write a proposal in response to a solicitation. Understand what is being requested and how to develop a successful response.