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IDOT sets December dates for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise workshops

The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops in December as part of its continuing Building Blocks of Success series for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms interested in strengthening their skills, growing their business and bidding on state projects.

New and existing DBEs, as well as firms interested in becoming certified in the program are invited. Advance registration is required.

December workshop dates and topics are:

  • Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Do Business with IDOT
  • Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to noon: QuickBooks Part 3 – Reporting
  • Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to noon: Insurance, Bonding & Risk Management for Construction Firms
  • Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Develop a Strategic Plan
  • Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to noon: How to Develop a Business Plan

Future topics covered will include estimating and bidding, basic math, contracts, construction materials requirements, steps needed to be certified as a DBE firm and more.

Building Blocks of Success will continue through April. Workshop information, including dates and times, is available through Eventbrite at

Questions can be directed to IDOT’s DBE Resource Center at (312) 939-1100.

As part of Gov. Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois, IDOT is helping to deliver the largest capital program in state history. In implementing Rebuild Illinois, IDOT strives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, including contracting and workforce participation.

Administered by IDOT, the DBE program provides minorities, women and other eligible small businesses opportunities to participate in highway, transit and airport contracts that are federally and state funded. For more information on becoming a certified DBE and learning more about IDOT resources that are available, visit

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