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Workshop offered to small businesses
ODOT leading effort to partner with DBEs, and small, women and minority business
LIMA (Friday, October 21, 2016) A workshop to provide disadvantaged businesses an overview of the work opportunities and services available through state and federal agencies is being offered by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT.)
The ODOT Division of Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Outreach, will sponsor a Building Your Business workshop on Thursday, October 27 at Hancock County Job and Family Services, 7746 County Road 140, Findlay. The workshop will be held from 9-11:30 a.m.
The workshop will provide disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE), small business owners, and women and minority business owners an opportunity to talk with federal and state government representatives about doing business with their agency.
In addition to ODOT, the following agencies will be represented at the workshop:
·       Small Business Administration (SBA) Business Development program
·       U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Opportunities program
·       State of Ohio Development Services Agency Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC)
·       Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
·       Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) program
“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 and is why we are focusing on reaching disadvantaged and small business so they can share in our successes,” said Terry Bolden, administrator, ODOT ODI office of outreach.
Preregistration for the workshop is preferred but not necessary. Those interested are asked to register by October 26 at http://findlaybuildingbusiness102716.eventbrite.com
Registration may also be made by contacting Lisa Washington, ODOT office of outreach, 419-345-7828; lisa.washington@dot.ohio.gov.
 
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 $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
 
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.
 
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For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email
D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us