Business Center

Eligibility & Selection

Team applications are evaluated by the Steering Committee based on three key factors, which are equally weighted:

  1. Readiness of the Team to make progress against identified goals
  2. Complementary nature of the services the Team provides
  3. Commitment to fostering/developing small business capacity

In assessing these factors, CDOT may consider other pertinent details, including but not limited to:

  • Degree of familiarity between the Mentor and Protégé
  • Active or past DBE Certifications
  • Past mentoring experience
  • Past participation in technical assistance and business development programs

Basic Eligibility Criteria

Mentors must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed a minimum of 3 CDOT projects as a prime or sub or performed a minimum of $3 million of work with CDOT;
  • Prequalified with CDOT;
  • Have skills and capacity to assist a Protégé business; AND
  • Have a commitment to assisting small and diverse firms in the transportation sector.

Protégés must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an active CDOT ESB certification
  • Been in business for at least 2 consecutive years;
  • Have a minimum of 2 full time employees (in addition to the owner);
  • Successful past performance on transportation related construction or professional services contracts; AND
  • Actively pursuing heavy civil contracts.

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