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Celebrate Small Business Week with USDOT-OSDBU

Small Business Administraion Logo, National Samll Business Week May 12-16, 2014, Department of Transportation Seal

In conjunction with the Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) commemorated National Small Business Week (May 12-16, 2014) by recognizing Small Businesses who have been successful in the USDOT’s Small Business Programs. OSDBU commends the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and Small Business owners as they continue to make the nation’s transportation system safe and efficient. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), is pleased to highlight the success of Natalia Roberts, an intern participant within the USDOT Women In Transportation Initiative (WITI). Ms. Roberts was able to find a position with Boeing just two months after finishing her internship with a Small Business in Seattle, Washington.  The OSDBU Northwest Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) was able to recruit and place Ms. Roberts through the WITI Program. 

As one of OSDBU’s national programs, WITI’s internship component is designed to encourage young women to pursue careers in transportation. The SBTRCs are responsible for placing qualified female college students in transportation related internships throughout their regions.

For information on the WITI Program, please visit: www.dot.gov/osdbu/women-and-girls

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), is pleased to highlight the success of Genex Systems LLC, a Woman-Owned Small Business based in Hampton, Virginia. Genex Systems has been awarded several procurement opportunities within the USDOT Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
 
Genex Systems has a proven broad range of technical disciplines and credentials needed at the FHWA Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center laboratories in McLean, Virginia. The company offers FHWA valuable scientific engineering and technical support that enables FHWA to undertake critically important research and development of materials, processes, and design work in support of its mission.
 
Companies like Genex Systems work with the OSDBU Procurement Assistance Division to identify contracting opportunities within USDOT and its eleven operating administrations. OSDBU works closely with USDOT's Office of Senior Procurement Executive and USDOT Small Business Specialists to ensure small businesses have an opportunity to compete for and obtain a fair share of USDOT contract and subcontract awards. One of the resources that the Procurement Assistance Division oversees is OSDBU’s Procurement Forecast, which can be viewed at www.dot.gov/osdbu/procurement-forecast/summary/2014.
 
For information on the Procurement Assistance Division, please visit:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), is pleased to highlight the success of West Point Contractors, Inc., a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), 8(a), HubZone and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business based in Tucson, Arizona.  West Point Contractors was recently approved for a loan of $750,000 through the USDOT Short Term Lending Program (STLP), enabling the company to retain an estimated 45 jobs and participate successfully on the Cape Royal Road Project in the Grand Canyon National Park. 

Two men discussing short term lending program

(OSDBU Small Business Day discussions about Short Term Lending Program)

Founded by company President Robert Dobbin in 1994, West Point Contractors specializes in Design-Build, Bid, and Construction Manager at Risk, Horizontal Construction, Vertical Construction, and Green Building & Design. West Point Contractors has developed a reputation of excellence throughout the Western United States and has grown from a company of one to now having over 50 employees.

The USDOT STLP enables small businesses to gain access to the financing they need to participate in transportation-related contracts. Access to financing is acquired through OSDBU’s network of participating lenders for loans up to $750,000. The STLP funds are used to support direct material and labor costs on transportation-related contracts.

For information on the Short-Term Lending Program, please visit: www.dot.gov/osdbu/financial-assistance/short-term-lending-program

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), is pleased to highlight the USDOT Bonding Education Program participant Kevin Ramsey.

BEP Participants

(Kevin Ramsey with BEP Certificate)

Kevin Ramsey is the President and CEO of Alameda Construction.  He was one of the small business owners that participated in the Bonding Education Program held in Los Angeles last year.  He took the advice of the professionals that led the workshops and his bond agent, Patty Zenizo with Preferred Bonding, in order to increase his bonding capacity and further grow his business.  One of his keys to improvements was to work with Glenn Gelman and Associates to improve his financial statements.  Recently Kevin increased his aggregate bond capacity from 3.7M to 5M.  This added capacity is allowing Kevin to pursue more jobs at the same time along with adding 5 or 6 employees to his crews.  Two transportation-related projects he is currently working on includes a contract at LAX airport (at about 500K) and the Expo 2 line with LA Metro (at about 700K).

Kevin has been active with NAMC, the National Association of Minority Contractors.  His firm is both DBE and Hubzone certified.

“The resources and direction given to me through the SBTRC and the Bonding Education Program have been invaluable.  You helped me find the right tools in order to help me grow my business.” – Kevin Ramsey

For more information please visit: http://www.dot.gov/osdbu/financial-assistance/bonding-education/bonding-education-program

Monday, May 12, 2014

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), is pleased to highlight the USDOT Mentor-Protégé Pilot Program participants Symmetra Design, Inc. (protégé) and Parsons Brinkerhoff, P.C. (mentor).

Mentor Protege Program Participants

(Mentor Protege participants Symmetra Design, Inc. (protégé) and Parsons Brinkerhoff, P.C. (mentor) with OSDBU Staff)

Symmetra Design is a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) and a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) providing transportation planning and traffic engineering consulting throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.  Since becoming a participant in the USDOT Mentor Protégé Pilot Program in March 2013, Symmetra Design has worked closely with Parsons Brinkerhoff to develop its core competencies and identify contracting opportunities. Through their participation in the program and their growing relationship, the firm was able to secure a subcontract from Parsons Brinkerhoff as part of the "Speed Limit and Safety Nexus Studies" project in the District of Columbia.

Administered by OSDBU, the USDOT Mentor-Protégé Pilot Program enhances the capability of disadvantaged and small business owners to compete for federal procurement opportunities. The program encourages private-sector relationships and expands DOT’s efforts to identify and respond to the developmental needs of small and disadvantaged businesses.

For more information please visit: www.dot.gov/osdbu/procurement-assistance/mentor-protege-pilot-program

Updated: Thursday, December 11, 2014
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