Business Center


The following are required to qualify for the Mentor-Protégé Program:

  • Both team members must do construction or professional services work in the transportation sector.
  • The mentor and protégé may not have any ties that would appear to compromise the independence (in accordance with DBE and ESB criteria) of the protégé.

Protégés must meet the following criteria:

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

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.

Preferred Candidates for the Program:

  • Preference for mentors who are working on a CDOT project with the intention of using the protégé. 
  • Preference for protégés that have completed Connect2DOT’s Leading Edge for Transportation, US DOT’s Bond Education course, or similar business development program.
  • Preference for a mentor-protégé pair that have worked together in the past.
Contact the CRBRC

Civil Rights & Business Resource Center
4201 E Arkansas Ave Ste 150
Denver, CO 80220
P 303-757-9234  /  800-925-3427
F 303-952-7088
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