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Equal Employment and Affirmative Action

The Iowa DOT takes affirmative action to ensure that Disadvantaged Business Enterprises have the maximum practical opportunity to get Iowa DOT contracts for construction, professional, and technical service. The Iowa DOT also has taken specific steps to ensure there is no discrimination in the awarding and administering of contracts. The department's DBE Program, which has been developed under this policy, is administered by the Office of Contracts. Authority for the Department's DBE Program is derived from, but is not limited to the following:



redtri.gif (202 bytes)What is the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program? (DBE)

You must meet the following criteria to be certified as a DBE for all Iowa federally funded contracts:

* Those individual(s) presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged by the federal government include: Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian-Indian Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Women.

redtri.gif (202 bytes)Why would I want to be certified?

Certification is a way for your business to participate in the Iowa Department of Transportation's DBE Program. Certification gives groups that have been historically under-represented in the construction contracting industry a chance to work on Iowa DOT federally funded highway projects that have goal for minority or women participation

redtri.gif (202 bytes)How do I become certified?

To become certified, you must file an application with the Iowa DOT and go through a review process. The Iowa DOT decides whether you are eligible after a thorough review of your firm's ownership, control, financial and managerial documents, and whether you have the equipment needed to do the work of a given contract. As part of the review, Iowa DOT staff may visit your firm's office. Certification is review annually.

redtri.gif (202 bytes)Does a firm's DBE certification guarantee that it will be awarded contracts?

No, it does not guarantee work to a firm. The DBE program is design to assist the development of disadvantaged small businesses, and to guarantee them fair opportunities to compete for Iowa DOT business. To be successful as a DBE, you must sell yourself, your personnel, and your services.

redtri.gif (202 bytes)Where do I obtain an application?

For certification applications or additional information about the certification process, please contact the DOT Office of Contracts, EEO Section, at (515) 239-1422.

redtri.gif (202 bytes)How do I do business with the Iowa DOT?

The Iowa DOT has a letting every four weeks. Bids are due by 10:00 A.M. on the day of the letting. The letting is held at the Iowa DOT Office of Contracts on the third Tuesday of every month except January when it is held on the third Wednesday.  Contractors may keep track of the letting results on the internet or attend the letting in person.

redtri.gif (202 bytes)Where can I receive DBE technical assistance?

The Iowa DOT retains a consultant to aid DBE firms. This aid you can receive includes:

The Iowa DOT consultant acts as a liaison between the project engineers and DBEs when requested by the DBE. One of the DBE consultants is Smith-Swink and Associates, 515-270-8508.

redtri.gif (202 bytes)Directory (by name or by work type)

A directory of certified DBE firms is published by the Iowa DOT for each letting. Only DBE firms listed in the directory are eligible for that letting. The directory lists company names, addresses, phone numbers, contact persons, and work type classification(s) of certified DBEs. The work types listed are not intended to limit your firm to only the work listed.

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U.S. DOT Financial Assistance Program for Transportation Related Contracts

The Federal U.S. Dept of Transportation, Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) offers financial assistance to small disadvantaged businesses by providing guaranteed loan through our Short Term Lending Program (STLP) for transportation related contracts only. By providing loan guarantees small disadvantaged businesses can receive financial assistance for financing accounts receivable and other short term cost of performing transportation related contracts. To be eligible a business must be certified DBE or be a disadvantaged small business, or certified under one of the SBA programs.

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