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  • Emerging Small Business (ESB) Program Biennial Report

    ODOT Office of Civil Rights logoThe Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Emerging Small Business (ESB) Program seeks to help Oregon’s small business community overcome barriers to participation in the state’s multi-billion dollar public contracting process. This helps small Oregon firms increase their capacities to perform and maintain business, and then expand their market shares.


  • 2014 Turner School of Construction Management begins February 6, 2014 – Enroll Today!

    ODOT Office of Civil Rights logoLearn more about effective marketing, estimating, daily operations, and other back office skills during this 6-week course.
    Registration deadline is January 29, 2014.

    Click here for details and here for the registration form.

  • State Radio Project Contracting Opportunities

    ODOT Office of Civil Rights logoODOT invites new and experienced civil construction contractors to an informational meeting on January 15, 2014 about upcoming work on the State Radio Project.

    See details here: Informational Flyer


Report on the Use of Federal Funds to Increase Diversity
Oregon law requires ODOT to expend one-half of one percent up to an amount of $2.1 million of the federal funds received each biennium by the Department of Transportation to increase diversity in the highway construction workforce and prepare those interested in entering the highway construction workforce.
Statewide Mentoring Services RFP
Real Help for Working Oregonians
Learn more about the impact of supportive services contracts - help to Oregonians to explore and potentially become an apprentice, and help completing an apprenticeship once there.
Interested in highway construction
Watch a video to get a glimpse of what is available and read about some of the programs.
Notice of Proposed 2014-2016 DBE Goal
ODOT will review the proposed 12.29% Goal and hear comments from the public. All interested parties are invited to attend.
Public Notice
Summary Rationale
Meeting Slides
Small Business Profile
Matthews has found something valuable in every setting. He owns Pacificmark Construction, a small outfit that often serves as a subcontractor on large projects. He and his wife Debra decided, after a dozen years in the business, to step things up and try to build their business.
Read the rest of the profile.
Oregon Small Business Initiative
The Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, and the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors have joined forces.
What does the initiative do?
  1. Train MWESBs and subcontractors on general business subjects, with additional ODOT-specific information that could include training with specific prime contractors
  2. Train prime contractors on diversity, mentoring, and small business issues
  3. Facilitate networking between MWESBs and prime contractors
FHWA completed a Civil Rights Baseline Assessment
ODOT and the Office of Civil Rights remain committed to ensuring ODOT is not merely complying with its civil rights program requirements, but has a robust program that encourages diversity and ensures equal opportunity.
Update on the DBE Program
  • Waiver: The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has approved ODOT's DBE Program waiver modification request for Federal Fiscal Years 2013 - 2015. The modified waiver applies to those groups for whom statistically significant disparities between availability and utilization exist.
  • Goal: FHWA approved ODOT’s revised overall DBE goal for Federal Fiscal Year 2013. The approved overall goal is 16.95%. For more information, see the DBE page under Resource Documents.

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