Business Center

Emerging Small Business

The ESB program is a CDOT specific race and gender neutral small business program authorized by the Colorado legislature to promote competition for CDOT construction, professional service, and research contracts. CDOT is the only certifying agency for the ESB program and ESB certification does not qualify a firm to apply to goals for other agencies.


Learn more about the various benefits associated with being a certified ESB


Find out about the requirements for becoming certified as an ESB


Begin an application to become a certified ESB

Firms must review the online ESB Orientation or participate in an ESB Orientation Webinar prior to applying.

2020 Webinar Orientations

January 14: Register

April 14: Register

July 14: Register

October 13: Register

Resources & Support

Collaborative Forums

Connect with other small businesses, CDOT staff, and industry leaders

ESB Support Programs

Take advantage of CDOT's special programs and initiatives for Emerging Small Businesses


Get one-on-one consulting, training, and support 

Program Documents

ESB Program Rules

ESB Program Guidelines

Colorado: The Official State Web Portal