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Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)

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  1. Colorado Departmentof Transportation (CDOT) Emerging Small Business (ESB) Program Karen D. Gonzales ESB Program Manager (303) 757-9162 karen.gonzales@dot.state.co.us OPENING A BRIDGE OF OPPORTUNITY TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES SUCCEED!

  2. ESB Program History • Authorized by Colorado Legislature in 1992 • Section 43-1-106(8)(j), (k) and (p) C.R.S. • State Funded Program implemented on certain CDOT projects • Transportation Commission has authority to adopt the Rules

  3. ESB Program Rules2 C.C. R. 604-1 • Establishes criteria & other requirements a business must meet to qualify as an ESB • Determines the approval and denial of eligibility for ESB status • http://www.dot.state.co.us/EEO/ESBProgramPage.htm

  4. ESB Program ObjectiveRace-Neutral • Race and gender are not considered to determine eligibility • Intended to assist all eligible small businesses to gain the knowledge, experience and resources needed to compete for highway construction, design & research contracts.

  5. Where ESB Program Applies • CDOT construction projects and consultant contracts with state funds only or combined state and federal funds

  6. Where ESB Program Does Not Apply • Projects with only Federal funds • Local entity projects coordinated w/CDOT • Procurement solicitations w/CDOT • T-REX project

  7. ESB Program Purpose • Eliminate formal barriers in contracting • Provide assistance • Promote participation • Increase competition • Increase access to CDOT contracting

  8. ESB ProgramEligibility Criteria • Independent business - Can be affiliated with another business only if the total income of that business combined with business applying does not exceed income limitation • Income limitation • Total Gross Income (on Federal Tax Return) averaged over past 3 Fiscal Years not to exceed total of: • $2 million for Consulting or Research Work • $4.5 million for Construction

  9. Establishing ESB Eligibility • Complete Application • Complete Business Development Plan • Submit 3 years of Federal Tax returns (or income statement if business is new) • Submit proof of 6 hours of business training completed by principal of business within last 2 years • http://www.dot.state.co.us/EEO/ESBformpage.htm

  10. ESB Eligibility Period • An ESB can remain eligible: - a maximum of 12 active eligible years - if eligibility is renewed annually - if business does not exceed income limitations

  11. ProgramBenefits for ESBs • Bonding Reimbursement - up to $5,000 for cost of bond on subcontract - up to $5,000 for cost of bond on prime contract (Total $10,000 per duration of time in program) • Tuition Reimbursement - up to $300 a year for half the cost of training class http://www.dot.state.co.us/EEO/TuitionReimb.htm

  12. ESB Mentor-Protégé Program(3-Year Program) • CDOT and the Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) are co-sponsors • 10 Prime Contractor Volunteer Mentors • 5 Protégés (Eligible ESB contractors) • 1 Construction Accountant Consultant

  13. ESB Program Elements(Looking Ahead) • Pilot Programs - Mentor-Protégé Program for Consultants

  14. Incentives for Prime Contractors and Consultants(Encourage ESB Usage) • Payment (up to $5,000) for using an ESB • paid only on the ESB’s 1st CDOT subcontract • Payment (up to $7,500) for training provided to the ESB on the project • Up to 5 evaluation scoring points on Professional Services Consultant Selection if Prime is an ESB or will use ESBs on projects

  15. CDOT Resource Centers in Denver • CDOT - Center for Equal Opportunity Business Programs Office 1325 S. Colorado Blvd. Bldg. B., Room 404 Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm/2 hrs. Free Parking Phone: 303-757-9234 Toll Free: 1-800-925-3427 • Construction Development Center (CDC) 700 E. 24th Ave., Suite 2 Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm/Free Parking Phone: 303-295-3008 Toll Free: 1-877-980-3008

  16. - Consultant Information & Reimbursement Forms - Construction Reimbursement Forms - ESB Eligibility & Renewal Applications - ESB Rules - ESB Special Provision in construction projects - Monthly Directory of Eligible ESB Contractors & Consultants ESB Program Publicationsavailable on Internetwww.dot.state.co.us/EEO/ESBProgramPage.htm

  17. CDOT Advertisementsfor Construction & Consultant Contracts • http://www.dot.state.co.us Business with CDOT Project Bidding & Related http://www.dot.state.co.us/Bidding • http://www.dot.state.co.us Business with CDOT Consultant Management http://www.dot.state.co.us/Consultants

  18. CDOT ProcurementAdvertisements • http://www.gssa.state.co.us/ State Purchasing Office Colorado BIDS for Goods and Services Open Solicitations by Agency Department of Transportation • http://www.gssa.state.co.us/statebuildings Colorado Construction and Design Notices Open Notices by Agency Department of Transportation

  19. CDOT Bidder’s Loopwww.dot.state.co.us/eeo/loop/ The Loopis a free electronic communication service that will send the following by email: • CDOT News Releases • Highway construction and/or design bidding advertisement notices • Notifications of training and networking events • Monthly Business Programs Office Bulletin