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Contact: Lisa Washington, ODOT Office of Outreach

ODOT to offer Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification workshop

Small businesses encouraged to participate

LIMA, Ohio (Oct. 2, 2019) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is offering a free workshop for small businesses to learn about the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program and the certification process. 

The workshop will provide small businesses, women and minorities, and disadvantaged business owners the opportunity to learn about the DBE certification process and access to participate on federally funded highway construction and consulting services projects. In fiscal year 2018, ODOT awarded $148,399,398 million dollars to DBE firms. 

“ODOT’s needs in building and maintaining the valuable transportation system we have are vast. Bringing in the business partners we need to do that is critical. This is why we are focusing on reaching disadvantaged and small businesses so they can share in our successes,” said Terry Bolden, administrator, ODOT's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, office of outreach.

Those interested in registering are asked to visit:  https://dbecertification_lima.eventbrite.com

    DBE certification workshop

WHEN:    Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, 10 a.m. to noon 

WHERE:  Lima Public Library, 650 W. Market St. Lima, Ohio 45801


The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset – the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $3 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow, and ice operations.