Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

Supportive Services Program

Business Development Program Summary

ADOT's Business Development program is designed to provide DBEs with general and firm-specific training and technical assistance to help them to become more competitive within the transportation industry. This program will give DBE firms an opportunity to gain a competitive edge within and outside the highway industry.

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Company Selection

Firms who are interested in participating in the program may apply for no fee. Applications will be reviewed and participants will be selected by ADOT. Preference will be given to construction and design firms who are currently DBE certified. Other work categories of DBE firms and non-DBE firms may apply to fill open slots as they become available.

Firms that are interested in participating in the program should be committed and make every effort to attend all sessions for maximum success.


Applicants will be categorized into three broad groupings:

  • New and Emerging
  • PaceSetters
  • Masters


  • Firms receive business and industry training and tools to improve their operations
  • Graduating firms will be more equipped to pursue contracts, actually receive contracts and perform well on contract jobs
  • Graduating firms realize growth within their firms

Topic Overview

The following topics are among those that have been identified.  Participants may submit topic ideas as well:

  • Business Topics including:
    • HR Management and Tools
    • Profit Management Principles
    • Contract Law for Entrepreneurs
    • Building a Powerful Brand
    • What you need to know about Lending
    • Tax Laws
    • Leadership
  • Industry Topics including:
    • Bonding
    • Project Prospecting
    • Bidding/Estimating
    • Meetings with Primes
  • Vote your Own – Several sessions identified by participants

Other Inclusions

Other programs considered for this program include, but are not limited to:

  • On-site meetings with ADOT staff
  • On-site meetings with Prime Contracting and Consulting teams
  • One-on-one technical assistance specific to DBE needs
  • One-on-One Subject Matter Expert assistance for Masters participants
  • Exposure to community partners
  • Mentor opportunities


  • One-on-one assistance for graduates
  • Develop class relationships as future peer mentors
  • Masters Level participants will receive six hours of subject matter assistance from experts such as attorneys, HR professionals, and branding specialists.
  • A new promotional short video for your Company
  • Recognition at ADOT DBE Supportive Services events and in DBE Supportive Services newsletters

If you are interested in applying for the program, please complete the application and business assessment and send to DBESupportiveServices@azdot.gov.



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Civil Rights

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.