#BLOGTalkSeries: SCDOT’s Division of Minority and Small Business Affairs

//#BLOGTalkSeries: SCDOT’s Division of Minority and Small Business Affairs

The mission of the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) Division of Minority and Small Business Affairs (Division) is to enhance equal opportunities through small business development, contracting, monitoring, and workforce development. Several programs are in place within this division to ensure compliance with State and Federal regulations governing Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), External Equal Opportunity (EO), External On-the-Job Training (OJT), and Title VI. We build and maintain relationships to facilitate the development of socially and economically disadvantaged businesses and individuals.

SCDOT’s DBE and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) programs assist prime contractors in their efforts to identify and utilize DBEs that are participating in the Agency’s DBE Program. Certification is granted through the Division of Minority and Small Business Affairs as verification that a business is bonafide in its claim to be categorized as a disadvantaged/small business enterprise. Certified firms are used to meet goals on federally assisted projects and certain state contracts. Additionally, the Business Development Center (BDC) at the SCDOT is a vital part of the Division. The BDC provides programs and services to socially and economically disadvantaged businesses, as well as small businesses that have been certified through the South Carolina Unified Certification Program (SCUCP). This is accomplished through the offering of various services for firms seeking to participate in SCDOT pre-construction and construction related projects, as well as other procurement opportunities.

Staffed by SCDOT employees who are highly skilled and experienced, the BDC offers a variety of services which include: financial management assistance (bonding and loans), marketing, and marketing plans, training, business development, special events, bid information, bidding and contract assistance, in addition to on-site technical project consultation. The Center also offers special programs such as the Mentor Protégé Program.

In partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Division’s major program objective is to assist firms in becoming more competitive entities in the transportation industry. For more information, please go to www.scdot.org.


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