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INDOT > Doing Business with INDOT > Economic Opportunity > Supportive Services Supportive Services

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Services program in conjunction with its DBE program, which is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and administered by INDOT’s Economic Opportunity Division. As required by federal law, INDOT’s Supportive Services program promotes increased participation of DBEs on federally funded highway and bridge contracts. The primary purpose of the DBE Supportive Services program is to provide training, assistance, and services to firms that are certified in the DBE program within the State of Indiana.

What INDOT DBE Supportive Services Provides

DBE Supportive Services offers two signature education pieces, designed to facilitate the development of viable, self-sufficient businesses that are capable of competing for and performing on federally assisted transportation contracts.  Detailed below, the Statewide Indiana DBE Initiative (SINDI) provides DBE’s and program eligible minority and women owned firms in construction and related fields the opportunity to learn more about how to do business with INDOT.  Our Entrepreneurial Development Institute (EDI) provides specialized management and related training to selected construction and design firms with potential for developing in highway and related construction markets. 

The Supportive Services Team also attends multiple outreach and networking events throughout the year.  This is done to raise awareness of the program, recruit potential new DBE eligible businesses, educate our staff on potential DBE contracting opportunities, and form new and reinforce existing relationships with our sister agencies which positively effects and promotes the DBE program.  Supportive Services promotes outreach, potential networking and contracting opportunities through multiple media sources.  We utilize Facebook, GovDelivery, our quarterly newsletter, and the XXXXX Events Calendar. 

As INDOT is the sole certifying agency for the DBE program in the State of Indiana, we  regularly partner with FAA and FTA sister agencies to drive both recruiting and awareness.  This also offers great benefits to our DBE pool, as both FAA and FTA agencies not only provide additional contracting opportunities for DBE’s operating in the heavy highway industry, but will potentially provide contracting opportunities for DBE’s who perform work in fields unrelated to heavy highway work.

INDOT will provide three-day management, technology and construction workshops during June, July and August yearly in central, northern and southern Indiana to select Indiana-based heavy highway firms that have the desire to perform in heavy highway work with INDOT.

Upcoming Training and Events

Entrepreneurial Development Institute 2017

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Federal Highway Association (FHWA) are providing the INDOT Entrepreneurial Development Institute (EDI) for Indiana-certified DBEs with the ability and the desire to bid on Indiana heavy highway construction contracts.

The theme for this year’s training is “Little by Little, Purpose, Process and Progress,” and will be presented in three modules. The first module will take place Jan. 12-14. The second module will be held Feb. 22-25, and the final module will be presented March 16-18. All sessions will be held at the Homewood Suites, 11355 N. Meridian Street, Carmel, IN.  Read More

Statewide Indiana DBE Initiative (SINDI)

INDOT will provide three-day management, technology and construction workshops during June, July and August yearly i ncentral, northern and southern Indiana to select Indiana-based heavy highway firms that have the desire to perform in heavy highway work with INDOT.

SINDI 2017

Don't miss an opportunity to Learn How To:

  • Do Business with INDOT
  • Apply for INDOT's DBE Certification
  • Market Your Firm
  • Give Effective Feedback to your Employees
  • Use Automated Spreadsheets to Measure Your Business Performance
  • Apply Problem-Solving Techniques
  • Dollarize Your Product or Service

Presented by W.C. Benton and Associates and sponsored by the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, SINDI (Statewide Indiana DBE Initiative) is a management and engineering education program for minority and women business owners in the construction industry.

For more information please contact Linda McHenry at 502-558-8182 or wcbenton@aol.com

Other INDOT Training Opportunities

Contact Information

Sean Howard
Lead Supportive Services
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN 750
Indianapolis, IN 46204
P: 317-233-4994
F: 317-233-0891
Showard1@indot.in.gov 

Taryn "Sissy" Guynn
Supportive Services
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN 750
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-233-0420
TGuynn@indot.in.gov