Small Business Opportunities

Small & Disadvantaged Businesses

CDOT's DBE and ESB programs seek to help small and disadvantaged businesses compete for CDOT and local agency contracting opportunities. 

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) program that seeks to ensure nondiscrimination and create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for USDOT-assisted contracts.

The Emerging Small Business (ESB) Program is a CDOT program that aims to help small businesses acquire the knowledge, experience, and resources needed to participate on CDOT construction, professional service, and research contracts.

Specific goals for DBE and Emerging Small Businesses (ESB) have been set for the Central 70 Project. These goals will apply both to the construction period and to the 30-year operating and maintenance period. These goals (provided in the table below) are included in the final Request for Proposal for the project. CDOT encourages eligible businesses to start the certification process now to become a DBE-certified business. Learn more.

Emerging Small Business Program (ESB)

Additionally, interested businesses may apply for certification in CDOT's Emerging Small Business (ESB) Program. The ESB Program is a CDOT program that aims to help small businesses acquire the knowledge, experience, and resources needed to participate in CDOT construction, and professional service and research contracts. See more resources on the Connect2DOT website and the Emerging Small Business Program.

Connect2DOT is a partnership between the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and CDOT designed to help small businesses in the transportation industry become more competitive and successful in bidding and contracting with CDOT and other local transportation agencies. Connect2DOT has worked with CDOT to host a series of webinars for small businesses. Learn more.

Central 70 Developer Teams

CDOT has selected four developer teams to submit proposals to design, build, finance, operate and maintain Central 70. CDOT will choose a single developer team in the summer of 2017.

Small and disadvantaged businesses interested in contacting the four shortlisted teams during the procurement process can download each team's contact information.


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