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.
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.
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.