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April 2024


Traffic control and electrical lighting: Job costing and bidding/estimating

This seminar is for companies in Traffic Control and Electrical Lighting. Understand basic accounting concepts and budgeting for insurance, bonds, labor, equipment, material, subcontractors, and overhead.  Learn how to find bidding opportunities, review advertisements, thrive in the low bid environment, and submit quotes. Bring in plans and specs you are working on and consultants will walk you through the entire process:

  • make take-offs from the plans
  • successfully read the specs and general conditions
  • understand the various symbols and abbreviations
  • how to get approvals
  • scheduling impacts
  • understanding MnDOT contract specifications
  • how to prepare a bid

Expanding your team with employees or subcontractors

A business isn’t a business without employees. If you plan to hire people to work for you, an understanding of human resources issues and employment law is crucial. We will walk you through creating a job description as well as making a job posting that will interest the best candidates for the position. Learn how to produce an employee handbook with the required components. Receive an initial template book for your business. We’ll also discuss personnel management requirements and the importance of a detailed job description and structured performance review. We provide resources for employment law assistance and discuss workman’s comp, health insurance, and general benefits.

Instead of hiring employees, partnering with the right people can be a great way to expand business opportunities. This class will include information on how to find subcontractors and partners when looking for work.

Working with MnDOT: what to expect after the bid - for construction firms

You won the bid! Now what? This class covers all the requirements that contractors must know about when performing work for MnDOT. That includes understanding prevailing wage requirements, certified payroll reports, and labor compliance reports. Learn how to find resources at MnDOT such as forms and deadlines for filing and types of reports needed for each kind of project. Understand how to file pay requests, EEO reports, trucking reports, IC134 and subcontractor reports. Learn about closeout documents and how projects are finalized.

USDOT Bonding Education Program

Many small businesses face difficulty in accessing enough bonding and financing to grow their business. The USDOT’s Bonding Education Program provides small and disadvantaged businesses the tools and resources required to compete for transporation projects. Learn more about procurement opportunities on federal and municipal contracts. Network with surety and lending representatives. Also learn about other small business resources to advance your business. This is a two-day, 10-hour program. For this bonding education program, MnDOT is partnering with USDOT and the Surety and Fidelity Association of America. Registration is required

Networking event for southern Minnesota large contractors and subcontractors

We’ve invited large and small contractors, members of MEDA, AWC, NAWIC and NAMC to participate in an organized “meet and greet” with others who are working in the highway/heavy world. The event will include a panel discussion and formal networking activities. We’ll have food, free parking, and an opportunity to find new friends and potential partners.

Working with MnDOT: What to expect after selection - for professional/technical firms

No job gets started till the paperwork is signed! We’ll discuss the basic components of executing a standard design contract for professional/technical terms. Learn about the pre-award audit and how to complete it, how to complete progress reports, invoicing, and meeting contract requirements.

Trucking: Job costing and bidding/estimating

This seminar is for companies in Trucking. Understand accounting concepts and budgeting for insurance, bonds, labor, equipment, material, subcontractors, and overhead.  Learn how to find bidding opportunities, review advertisements, thrive in the low bid environment, and submit quotes. Bring in plans and specs you are working on and consultants will walk you through the entire process:

  • make take-offs from the plans
  • successfully read the specs and general conditions
  • understand the various symbols and abbreviations
  • how to get approvals
  • scheduling impacts
  • understanding MnDOT contract specifications
  • how to prepare a bid

Erosion prevention and sediment control installer certification

Training and certification with a focus on DBE contractors - Erosion control services are highly sought after for MnDOT construction projects. Gain the technical skills to successfully pursue construction subcontracts. The University of Minnesota will administer the Erosion Control Certified Installer exam at the end of the course.


May 2024


Developing and improving relationships with other contractors – focus seminar

This session is intended to foster collaboration and trust among firms (both DBE and non-DBE) to help the owners understand that this component is just as important as winning the work and doing the work. We’ll cover these key elements:

  • how to be a good partner
  • creating positive working relationships
  • enhancing communication with your business partners
  • incorporating a culture of accountability and reliability in your firm
  • how to become the partner of choice.

Overhead considerations for professional/technical firms

For professional/technical firms, the overhead computation is an important part of doing business with MnDOT.  In this class, participants will learn about the allowed overhead components and computations, as well as fixed fees and profit allowances. The class will also include information on how to describe the difference between fixed hourly rate and a cost times multiplier. Learn about pre-award and audit materials and how to price time vs. unit price. Ultimately, you will understand the main components of the contract deliverables.

Paving: Job costing and bidding/estimating focus seminar

This seminar is for companies in Paving. Understand accounting concepts and budgeting for insurance, bonds, labor, equipment, material, subcontractors, and overhead. Learn how to find bidding opportunities, review advertisements, thrive in the low bid environment, and submit quotes. Bring in plans and specs you are working on and consultants will walk you through the entire process:

  • make take-offs from the plans
  • successfully read the specs and general conditions
  • understand the various symbols and abbreviations
  • how to get approvals
  • scheduling impacts
  • understanding MnDOT contract specifications
  • how to prepare a bid

Erosion prevention and sediment control installer certification

Training and certification with a focus on DBE contractors - Erosion control services are highly sought after for MnDOT construction projects. Gain the technical skills to successfully pursue construction subcontracts. The University of Minnesota will administer the Erosion Control Certified Installer exam at the end of the course.

Networking event for Metro area large contractors and subcontractors

We’ve invited large and small contractors, members of MEDA, AWC, NAWIC and NAMC to participate in an organized “meet and greet” with others who are working in the highway/heavy world. The event will include a panel discussion and formal networking activities. We’ll have food, free parking, and an opportunity to find new friends and potential partners.

Potential growth areas - prime contracts focus seminar

We all want to see our businesses flourish and grow. But growth needs to be managed so that quick growth does not harm the success of the company. Our team will provide suggestions on natural growth areas for your firm and how to successfully compete as a prime contractor.

DBE Committee meeting

The DBE Committee is a subcommittee of the Collaborative that identifies issues and recommendations related to building capacity, utilization, and sustainability of DBE firms.

Finding capital for your business

As your business grows, you may need to find money to fund facilities, people or new initiatives. Learn about sources for capital such as loans, grants, investors, or partnerships. Understand a basic overview of financial management and managing cash flow.

Change orders focus seminar

Sometimes things come up on a project that were unexpected. Learn about the necessary paperwork to get paid for the work that wasn’t part of the original contract. The topic will be covered from the subcontractor’s perspective as well as the prime contractors’ perspective.

Full DBE and Workforce Collaborative meeting

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.

  • May 15, 2024
  • 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Attend in person: location to be announced
  • Attend online: link will be provided closer to the event
  • Questions: bbjorklund@zanassoc.com

Networking event for professional/technical firms

We’ve invited large and small contractors, members of MEDA, AWC, NAWIC and NAMC to participate in an organized “meet and greet” with others who are working in the highway/heavy world. The event will include a panel discussion and formal networking activities. We’ll have food, free parking, and an opportunity to find new friends and potential partners.


June 2024


There are no events yet scheduled for this month.


July 2024


Full DBE and Workforce Collaborative meeting

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.

  • July 17, 2024
  • 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Attend in person: location to be announced
  • Attend online: link will be provided closer to the event
  • Questions: bbjorklund@zanassoc.com

August 2024


There are no events scheduled yet for this month.


September 2024


Full DBE and Workforce Collaborative meeting

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.

  • Sept. 18, 2024
  • 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Attend in person: location to be announced
  • Attend online: link will be provided closer to the event
  • Questions: bbjorklund@zanassoc.com

October 2024


There are no events scheduled yet for this month.


November 2024


Full DBE and Workforce Collaborative meeting

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.

  • Nov. 20, 2024
  • 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Attend in person: location to be announced
  • Attend online: link will be provided closer to the event
  • Questions: bbjorklund@zanassoc.com