The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is proud to highlight the launch of the first Spanish speaking Bonding Education Program (BEP) in Dallas, TX on January 14, 2014.
OSDBU’s Gulf Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) launched the BEP at the Hispanic Contractors Association’s building. Eleven contractors enrolled in the eight-week program. The education and bond readiness components will include bilingual instructors and surety professionals. Stakeholders include the Texas Department of Transportation, North Tarrant Infrastructure, PCL Constructors, and Ferrovial Agroman.
The SBTRCs use The Surety Fidelity Association of America’s (SFAA) national network to secure local surety professionals who volunteer to assist the small businesses in becoming bondable or increasing their bonding capacity through the BEP. Through its hands-on, multi-component program, the BEP aims to help businesses grow by obtaining or building bonding capacity.
The OSDBU establishes agreements with chambers of commerce, trade associations, educational institutions and other business organizations to serve as SBTRCs, also known as Regional Field Offices. The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce serves as the Gulf Region SBTRC located in Dallas, Texas. The Gulf Region SBTRC executes the OSDBU’s small business assistance programs throughout the states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. For more information on the Gulf Region SBTRC, please visit their webpage listed below.
For information on the BEP, please visit:
Link to the Gulf Region SBTRC webpage: