Business Center


In order to participate in the Mentor-Protégé Program, participants must meet eligibility requirements. CDOT will also consider additional qualifications in application review, as listed below.

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:

  • Existing in business for at least 2 consecutive years;
  • Have a minimum of (2) full time employees (in addition to the owner);
  • Past performance on transportation related construction or professional services contracts;
  • Pursuing transportation-related contracts; AND
  •  Have CDOT ESB certification.

Additional application considerations:

CDOT will evaluate a number of additional factors when reviewing applications, including but not limited to:

  • Successful participation in Connect2DOT’s Leading Edge for Transportation, US DOT’s Bond Education course, or similar business development program.
  • An active or past DBE Certification
  • Past mentoring experience
  • Potential to Partner on future CDOT contracts
Contact the CRBRC

Civil Rights & Business Resource Center
2829 W. Howard Pl.
Denver, CO 80204
P 303-757-9234  /800-925-3427
F 303-952-7088

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