Workshop to Explain Transportation Contracting Opportunities


The Oklahoma Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) Supportive Services Division is sponsoring a free workshop to recruit Oklahoma heavy construction firms interested in working on federally funded projects.

The workshop is being held at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Center for Economic and Business Development (301 E. Davis Street) in Weatherford on Tuesday, August 14, from 10 a.m.-12 noon. SWOSU Business Development Specialist Lisa Thiessen said the goal of the workshop is to better understand the needs of the DBE community and identify businesses that can become active participants in the program.

In addition, the DBE Supportive Services Division will distribute information on the Oklahoma Unified Partner Program. The OUCP was established in 2002 to provide “one-stop shopping” to applicants for DBE program certification. The applicant applies only once for DBE certification that will be honored by all U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) recipients in the state. ODOT makes all certification decisions on behalf of all U.S. DOT recipients in the state, including highways, transit and airports. ODOT maintains the directory of certified DBE firms and only certified firms may be used on a U.S. DOT assisted contract in order to meet DBE goals. Also included in the workshop is information on how to sell goods and services to the ODOT.

ODOT DBE staff will be available for individual consultation with local companies interested in the DBE program on Wednesday, August 15, by appointment.  This information session will help identify local subcontractors who are interested in heavy construction.

ODOT welcomes participation on transportation projects from construction companies that are certified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), which are firms where the majority owner is socially or economically disadvantaged. The August workshop is designed to help western Oklahoma companies learn about the DBE certification process and then bidding on federally-funded construction projects. The DBE Supportive Services Program offers DBEs and Small Business Enterprises the opportunity to obtain a free business assessment. The assessment focuses on determining a company’s strengths, opportunities for improvement and ways to improve bottom line performance.

Companies sought are those working paving, grading, drainage, structures such as bridges or retaining walls, erosion control, fencing and guardrail, material suppliers, hauling, traffic control, and professional services. Only DBE-certified firms may be used on a U.S. Department of Transportation-assisted contract.

The workshop is free, but advance registration is encouraged by contacting Thiessen at the CEBD, 580.774.3039 or