RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is encouraging disadvantaged businesses to compete for state transportation contracts.
Starting in June, NCDOT’s Division of Highways in partnership with its Office of Civil Rights will host in-person outreach events in all 14 highway divisions to educate owners of disadvantaged business enterprises, or DBEs, about how to do business with the NCDOT. Disadvantaged business enterprises include small, minority-owned and woman-owned businesses.
“Our agency advertises and awards numerous contracts for projects big and small each year, but often many of these businesses may not be aware of how to work with our agency,” said state Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette. “Each project is an opportunity to encourage small and disadvantaged business participation, and to provide those businesses access to compete on NCDOT contracts.”
NCDOT awards contracts in many areas including mowing, litter pickup, landscaping, snow and ice removal, traffic control, painting, striping, and road construction.
During the outreach events, highway division staff will be on hand to discuss the types of contracts, advertisements for upcoming projects, as well as letting and award processes.
The outreach event for Division 8, which consists of Chatham, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond and Scotland counties, will be held from 10 a.m.-noon June 26 at the following location:
Highway Division 8 Office
150 DOT Drive
NCDOT is requesting that DBEs RSVP if they would like to attend the event.
To RSVP for the Division 8 event, contact Reuben Blakley at email@example.com or 910-773-8003.
For more information, visit the NCDOT webpage devoted to this initiative, www.ncdot.gov/highwaysdbe. You can also watch a video about contract opportunities and what event attendees will learn at https://youtu.be/fajlwy6HhdI.