Read about recent MnDOT Office of Civil Rights events and activities.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites public comment on the proposed statewide goals for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation in highway and transit contracts for federal fiscal years 2019-2021. MnDOT is required by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration to set statewide goals for disadvantaged business participation in federally-funded projects over the next three years. The proposed FHWA goal is 12.23 percent and the proposed FTA goal is 9.12 percent on all U.S. Department of Transportation-assisted contracts.
Certified Small Businesses (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Targeted Group Business, VET), Training & Technical Certification Reimbursement Program
The Training and Technical Certification Reimbursement program is a micro-grant opportunity for certified small businesses seeking financial assistance for eligible expenses to increase business capacity and industry knowledge to pursue work on Minnesota Department of Transportation projects and contracts.
If your certified small business is seeking training and/or industry required certification(s) to help your business grow or compete for MnDOT contracts, there may be funding available to help offset associated costs.
Funding is limited and program will close once funds have been expended.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.