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Dec. 4, 2019

Free Workshop to Provide Guidance to Women, Minority and Veteran-Owned and Disadvantaged Companies Planned for Jan. 9, 2020 in Rochester

(Rochester, MN) Dec. 4, 2019 – The Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Civil Rights, Department of Administration Equity in Procurement, City of Rochester and Destination Medical Center (DMC) Economic Development Agency invite women, minority, veteran-owned and disadvantaged companies to participate in a Certification Process & Opportunities Workshop at Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Rochester Headquarters, 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester, Minn., on Jan. 9, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – noon. The free workshop will provide guidance through the certification process and insight into bidding on state and local government projects and private development for existing and new small businesses. 

Jorrie Johnson, project manager for the City of Rochester overseeing women and minority business participation and work force employment goals for Destination Medical Center (DMC) projects, encourages entrepreneurs to attend this workshop. She states, “We welcome all types of eligible businesses to participate in the workshop. Communications and marketing firms, concrete contractors, developers, excavators and trades people interested in starting their own company are encouraged to attend.”  

The Rochester Area – Construction Small Business Support – Collaboration, initiated by the City of Rochester, convened in August 2019 to increase Targeted Business (TB) participation by southeastern Minnesota companies on DMC construction projects. The Collaboration immediately recognized identifying eligible companies to get certified and providing support through the certification process strategic to increase Targeted Business capacity in southeastern Minnesota. 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification is recognized by Minnesota Department of Transportation. Applying for certification can be time-consuming and an obstacle for small companies. Bidding on large government and privately-funded development can also be challenging for small companies. The Certification Process & Opportunities Workshop will provide existing and new small businesses guidance, support and resources for getting certified and help them navigate bidding. 

Targeted Group/Economically Disadvantaged/Veteran-Owned (TG/ED/VO) Small Business Procurement Program certification is done by the Department of Administration Equity Procurement.
To register for the workshop contact Orlanda Klinkhammer at 651-366-3048, DBE Outreach Coordinator for Minnesota Department of Transportation, orlanda.klinkhammer@state.mn.us. Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) invites and encourages participation by all.

We believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to enjoy the programs, services and activities we provide. If you feel you need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, such as an ASL or spoken language interpreter, or need documents in an alternate format, such as braille or large print, please contact Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or e-mail ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

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