Feds, state help firms get road con­tracts

Maryland Independent - - Business -

Funds pro­vided by the Fed­eral High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion to the Mary­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Ac­cel­er­a­tor Pro­gram (BDAP) will help dis­ad­van­taged busi­ness en­ter­prises (DBE) land high­way con­struc­tion con­tracts, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

The BDAP pro­gram is fo­cused on help­ing firms re­move the stum­bling blocks to suc­cess­ful bids through a com­bi­na­tion of spe­cific train­ing, tech­niques and tools to run a suc­cess­ful busi­ness.

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land will im­ple­ment the pro­gram in part­ner­ship with other com­mu­nity col­leges, small busi­ness de­vel­op­ment cen­ters around Mary­land and the State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The pro­gram will in­clude class­room and vir­tual train­ing ses­sions, men­tor­ing, ac­cess to sub­ject mat­ter ex­perts and build­ing crit­i­cal re­la­tion­ships.

“CSM, along with its part­ners, will sup­port SHA’s goal of pro­mot­ing eco­nomic and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment in Mary­land by work­ing with DBE firms that have had lim­ited suc­cess in ob­tain­ing work on high­way con­struc­tion projects,” said Daniel Mosser, CSM’s vice pres­i­dent of con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion and work­force de­vel­op­ment.

The pro­gram’s goal is to as­sist 25 to 40 un­der­uti­lized busi­nesses that are cur­rently cer­ti­fied in Mary­land and in­volved in con­struc­tion and re­lated fields. Part of the pro­gram in­cludes pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on busi­ness prospects, avail­able re­sources and how to po­si­tion the busi­ness to win fed­eral, state and lo­cal con­tracts.

The pro­gram pro­vides free per­son­al­ized con­sul­ta­tion, cus­tom­ized train­ing and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance based on the needs of the own­ers of con­struc­tion busi­nesses.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call out­reach co­or­di­na­tor Ann Frank at 301-539-4688.

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