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

MnDOT Small Business Resource Center is on the move


MnDOT Small Business Resource Center is on the move to our temporary space in Suite 315 on the 3rd floor effective August 5, 2019 (until our new space is ready on the 1st floor!)

Note: We are staying in the same building. 

Spruce Tree Center
1600 University Avenue
West Saint Paul, MN 55104

MnDOT advances closer to its Federal Highway Administration Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal


For the first half of federal fiscal year 2019, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises received 11.1 percent of federally funded MnDOT contracts. This is the first of three years that the department has a 12.23 percent annual program goal, which is an increase from the previously established 11.7 percent goal.

MnDOT certifies small businesses in project and construction management


The Minnesota Department of Transportation Small Business Resource Center partnered with the Association of General Contractors and the National Association of Minority Contractors in February to host the three-part Project and Construction Management series.

Request for Proposals to establish and manage small business resource center


MnDOT is seeking an experienced business development entity to establish a small business resource center where certified small businesses can learn skills and receive hands-on and remote technical assistance to effectively compete for MnDOT projects and contracts.

MnDOT seeks input on proposed goals for disadvantaged businesses


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.

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.