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NCDOT to help disadvantaged businesses compete for contracts

Posted on June 11, 2021

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation is encouraging disadvantaged businesses to compete for state transportation contracts.

Starting this month, the NCDOT’s Division of Highways, in partnership with its Office of Civil Rights, will host in-person outreach events in all 14 highway divisions to educate disadvantaged business owners, about how to do business with the NCDOT. Disadvantaged business enterprises, or DBEs, include small, minority-owned and woman-owned businesses.

“Our agency advertises and awards numerous contracts for projects big and small each year, but often, many of these businesses may not be aware of how to work with our agency,” said state Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette. “Each project is an opportunity to encourage small and disadvantaged business participation, and to provide those businesses access to compete on NCDOT contracts.”

The NCDOT awards contracts in many areas including mowing, litter pickup, landscaping, snow and ice removal, traffic control, painting, striping and road construction. 

During the outreach events, highway division staff members will be on hand to discuss the types of contracts available and share advertisements for upcoming projects, as well as letting and award processes. 

The outreach event for Division 4, which includes Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Wayne and Wilson counties, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon June 26 at the Highway Division 4 Office at 509 Ward Blvd. in Wilson.

Transportation officials ask disadvantaged business enterprises to RSVP in order to attend.

To register for the Division 4 event, contact Brandon Herring at blherring@ncdot.gov or 919-868-8953.

For more information, visit the NCDOT webpage devoted to this initiative and watch a video about contract opportunities at the shortened link https://bit.ly/3gonvzX.

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