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Emerging Small Business Program

Building competitive capacity in Colorado's transportation small business community

Emerging Small Business is CDOT's race- and gender-neutral certification for small businesses seeking to prime contract or consult directly with CDOT. There are a variety of benefits to being certified as an ESB, and we ask that applicants review an orientation to the Program before applying for certification.

Watch the ESB Orientation Online

Program Benefits & Opportunities

 Mentor-Protégé: An industry collaboration designed to support ESBs actively working in the transportation industry

Bonding Assistance: CDOT will offset up to 50% or $1.5M in bonding capacity for prime ESBs

 Restricted Contracts: CDOT periodically sets aside design and construction contracts for bidding or proposing only by ESBs

 Professional Services Scoring Incentives: ESB firms receive additional incentive points on professional services proposals

Program Eligibility & Application

Learn more about who is eligible for this program and how to apply

Need help or have feedback? Contact Connect2DOT for help or join us at an upcoming Small Business Collaborative Forum


Review Emerging Small Business Program Guidance and Documentation

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