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Read about recent MnDOT Office of Civil Rights events and activities.

Certified Small Businesses (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Targeted Group Business, VET), Training & Technical Certification Reimbursement


Learn more about available funding for training reimbursements for certified small businesses and technical certification training for underrepresented members of the workforce. 

Highway Construction Training Program Partnership a Success!


On September 1, 18 people graduated from the first MnDOT Office of Civil Rights/DEED/Cement Masons Plasterers & Shophands Local 633 sponsored training for highway heavy careers, focused on the 35W @ 94: Downtown to Crosstown project

Notice to Contractors: Minnesota Department of Human Rights increases Workforce Participation Goals to reduce barriers for women and people of color

July 20, 2017

On July 17, 2017, Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey announced increased Workforce Participation Goals for women and people of color throughout Minnesota for state construction contractors. These increased goals seek to reduce barriers to workforce entry, to respond to demographic changes, and to prepare for Minnesota’s emerging workforce shortage.

Women, minority businesses are celebrated as they say farewell to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program

June 14, 2017

The Minnesota Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Metropolitan Airport Commission, Metropolitan Council and the city of Minneapolis, last week honored eight formerly certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises for achieving economic and operational success to become independent of the program.

MnDOT Office of Civil Rights Business and Program Development highlights, Spring 2017

June 6, 2017

Learn about training and networking opportunities for diverse small businesses and members of the workforce sponsored by MnDOT Office of Civil Rights Business and Program Development.

Small Business Resource Center, Veteran Outreach, and I35W/Lake Street DBE Networking Event

May 26, 2017

Learn about MnDOT Office of Civil Rights’ Small Business Resource Center’s grand opening and future events. See some of the available opportunities for small business owners to network in the industry and build their business and technical skills.

Eight certified small businesses earn certificates in Financial and Small Business Management!

May 18, 2017

MnDOT Office of Civil Rights, in partnership with South Central College, recently wrapped up a series of business skills courses for certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. Nine individuals representing eight firms certified as DBEs earned certificates in both Financial and Small Business Management.

MnDOT DBE Learning Hub & Small Business Resource Center opening May 15

May 4, 2017

MnDOT has partnered with Makee Company to open a small business resource center to help certified firms with business development and bid submission.

Training Partnership Program between MnDOT, Tribal Partners and Cement Masons Unions celebrates third graduating class

April 28, 2017

Twelve students from six different tribes graduated from the pre-apprenticeship Cement Masons Tribal training program on April 21, 2017.

MnDOT Civil Rights - Connecting small businesses to big opportunities

April 7, 2017

On March 27, 2017, MnDOT Office of Civil Rights hosted a networking event for the upcoming $265 million I-35W/Lake Street project. More than 90 small businesses and 11 general contractors attended.