DBE Supportive Services
VDOT Business Opportunity and Workforce Development Center
The Virginia Department of Transportation Business Opportunity and Workforce Development (BOWD) Center receives funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to implement the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Services Program.
The primary purpose of the DBE/SS program is to provide training, assistance and services to disadvantaged business enterprises to help these businesses grow, become self-sufficient, more competitive in pursuing federally funded contract opportunities, move into non-traditional areas of work and compete in the marketplace beyond the DBE program.
The BOWD Center is committed to helping DBE firms become more sustainable through an in depth comprehensive business assessment.
Program participants work with BOWD Center staff, business consultants and industry partners to complete/update business plans and develop work plans designed to improve key business functions leading to lower costs, higher profits and increased highway related contracts.
Additional BOWD Center resources include access to computers, conference room, library and other business-related amenities.
DBE firms that receive supportive services from the BOWD Center better position themselves to respond to solicitations competitively, win awards and successfully execute construction contracts.
Requirements for Receiving Supportive Services
The VDOT BOWD Center is committed to developing the skills of DBE firms to compete for and perform on federally assisted highway projects. DBE firms interested in receiving business assistance to help develop and grow their companies must meet the following criteria:
- DBE certification through the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity or Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
- DBE firm’s work must be highway-related
- Firms must complete DBE Readiness Tool
- Firms must submit a current business plan or work with BOWD Center Staff to develop a business plan through the BOWD Center’s financial reimbursement component.
“In order to meet the needs of each DBE firm, a BOWD Center representative will review the completed Readiness Tool and the work plan generated from the Development Portal for the development and growth of the firm.
The Readiness Tool provides basic company information and identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the firm.
The DBE Development Portal
The work plan generated by completing the business readiness tool will identify goals and objectives to be accomplished by the firm to develop and strengthen the company and supportive services will be made available based upon the needs of the firm.
To access the DBE Development Portal and complete a business readiness tool, click here.
The BOWD Center provides a variety of supportive services to DBE firms to help strengthen their infrastructure, increase capacity and profitability and the ability to move to the next level. Supportive services are available to DBE firms in the following areas:
- Project management
- Proposal writing
- Risk management
- Human resources
- Short-term lending
- Business plan preparation
- Construction management
- Financial Audit/Review
- Accounting – Accountant services, cash flow review, income statement review
- Legal Services – services related to contract documents or the understanding of procurement requirements/regulations
NOTE: Tax, travel, meals and or parking expenses are NON-REIMBURSABLE.
The BOWD Center DBE/SS Program has a financial reimbursement component that provides DBE firms the opportunity to be reimbursed for pre-approved goods and services.
Reimbursements may include, but are not limited to, software purchases, industry related university or technical college courses, workshops, certification training and conference registration.
BOWD Center Educational Opportunities
The BOWD Center provides group workshops and training focused on providing the skills necessary to compete on federally assisted transportation contracts. Educational opportunities are generally provided at no cost.
BOWD Center Tools
BOWD Center Recorded Training Sessions
- April 6, 2021: Contractor Compliance Webinar
- April 20, 2021: How to do Business with VDOT
- June 8, 2021: SOPs for DBEs Part 1
- June 22, 2021: SOPs for DBEs Part 2
- Aug. 12, 2021: VDOT's Highway Contractor Prequalification Webinar
- Aug 19, 2021: Surety Bonding
- Sept 2, 2021: VDOT's Safety Requirements on Transportation Projects for Contractors
- Sept. 16, 2021: Understanding VDOT's Indirect Cost Rate Submission and Review Process
- Sept. 23, 2021: How To Do Business with the Hampton Roads District
- Oct. 14, 2021: Risk Management for DBEs
- Oct. 21, 2021: Overcoming the Effects of COVID and Preparing for the Upcoming Federal Infrastructure
- Nov. 4, 2021: Doing business with the VDOT Salem District
- Dec. 9, 2021: A Perfect Time for DBE Transformation
- Jan. 13, 2022: Cash Flow Management for Small Business Owners
- Jan. 20, 2022: Contacts to Contracts for DBE’s: Moving from a Subcontractor to Prime Contractor
- Feb. 3, 2022: How to do Business with VDOT's Northern Virginia District
- Feb. 17, 2022: Looking Back 2021 & Looking Forward 2022
- March 17, 2022: DBE Orientation
- March 31, 2022: DBE Symposium 2022
- April 7, 2022: How to do Business with VDOT's Lynchburg District
- April 15, 2022: Marketing for DBE Firms
- April 21, 2022 How To Do Business with VDOT - Richmond District
- April 25, 2022: Meet and Greet Director Shelby Scales, US DOT OSDBU
May 19, 2022 How to Do Business with VDOT - Culpeper
- June 2, 2022: How to Do Business with VDOT - Bristol
- June 16, 2022: Bonding Webinar
- July 14, 2022: Cash Flow Management for Small Business Owners Webinar
- August 4, 2022: Actualizing Leadership for Small Business Firms:
- Aug. 11, 2022: Risk Mitigation 101 for Small Business Firms Webinar
- Aug 18, 2022: Developing a Successful Capability Statement for Small Business Firms
- Aug. 25, 2022: VDOT's How to do Business with the Staunton District
- Sep. 8, 2022: How to Develop a Bid
- Sep. 22, 2022: How to Do Business with Fredericksburg
- Nov. 10. 2022: Diversifying Your Portfolio
- Dec. 15, 2022: Indirect Cost & Rate Submission
- Jan. 5, 2023: An Introduction to EV Charging Infrastructure
- Jan. 26, 2023: Developing a Successful Capability Statement for Small Business Firms
- Feb. 2, 2023: Diversify Your State Government Portfolio
- Feb. 16, 2023: Actualizing Leadership for DBEs
- Mar. 9, 2023: Budgeting for Small Businesses
- Mar. 10, 2023: Doing Business with Branch Civil (Salem District)
- Mar. 16. 2023: Contracting with Transurban
- Mar. 23. 2023: Partnering with Transurban
- Mar. 30, 2023: Understanding Your Financials: Basics of Accounting
- May 25, 2023: DBE Orientation
- June 22, 2023: DBE Orientation
- October 19, 2023: Accessing Federal Resources to Develop Your Business
- November 9, 2023: Understanding Your Financials
- 23 CFR 230.201-207, Subpart B - Supportive Services for Minority, Disadvantaged, and Women Business Enterprises
- SCORE – Service Corps of Retired Executives
- Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity
- eVA Virginia’s eProcurement Portal
- U. S. Small Business Administration
- Women's Business Center of Richmond
- Virginia Small Business Development Centers
- PTAC | Crater Planning District Commission
- Community College Workforce Alliance
- City of Richmond Disparity Study
Questions or comments
6000 Elko Tract Road
Sandston, Virginia 23150
Phone: (804) 328-3001
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.