Business Counseling Program

Business Counseling Program

The purpose of the business counseling program is designed to provide DBE firms with business specific training, education, and coaching to compete on federal aid projects within the heavy highway construction industry. These services are provided by highly skilled private sector consultants, and business experts. DBE firms will receive assistance at no charge in the following categories:



  • Building a Strategic Marketing Plan
  • Website and Social Media Support
  • Networking
  • Writing Proposals
  • Researching and Locating Bidding Opportunities 


  • Understanding Contracts, Davis Bacon Wages and OSHA Requirements
  • Estimating and Bidding
  • Job Costing
  • Construction Plans Reading
  • Engineering Design Contract Requirements
  • Understanding DBE Contract Specifications



  • Capital Assistance
  • Bonding and Insurance
  • Cash Flow Management/Budgeting
  • Financial Management and Software Systems
  • Business and Revenue Forecasting
  • Recordkeeping


  • Human Resource Review
  • Project Management
  • Organizational and Leadership Development



  • Must be currently DBE Certified
  • Must work within the heavy highway construction and professional services arena
  • Participants must develop or revise a comprehensive business plan with our consultant team

Businesses will receive up to five hours of one-on-one assistance related to the conditions and circumstances of their firm and may qualify for more, on a case-by-case basis.

Note: DBE firms that fall under other categories outside of the industry will be accepted based on availability of funding.

To apply, please call 602.712.7761 or visit the Small Business Resource Center to begin the intake process for assistance.