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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program


    There is a new DBE Standard Special Provision for all projects let on or after January 23, 2014.  A copy of the PowerPoint training can be found here.

    Event Calendar: Click here for CDOT's small business events

    CDOT Sponsored Online Plan and Small Business Network Accounts: Certified DBEs can now apply for a CDOT (free) Sponsored Account through BidX.  To apply, first view the BidX tutorial videos under the "Benefits" tab above then complete the forms at

    New DBE Directory at

      • Click here for a recording of the DBE Directory Training Webinar
      • Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the directory and work codes
      • Click here for a copy of the PowerPoint slides

Program Information

The DBE Program is required by Congress as a condition of receiving federal funds and is also provided policy and direction by the Transportation Commission. It provides assistance to minorities, women and other socially and economically disadvantaged individuals to enter the highway construction and design industries.


Certification provides DBE firms with the following benefits:

BidX Sponsored (free) Account

Certified DBEs can now apply for a CDOT Sponsored Account through BidX. This gives you access to the Small Business Network (online networking with Primes), Bid Tab Analysis, and online Plansheets. Sponsored Accounts are limited. To qualify you must be a DBE or ESB that will constantly use the account.

Interested? View the following tutorial videos (conducted by InfoPath) to learn more about how to use the Small Business Network in BidX, then find out how to apply at

Using the Prime ConsoleUsing the DBE/Subcontractor Console
Creating a Sub-quote Request (5 min) Viewing & Opening a Sub-quote Request
(2.5 min)
Viewing Lettings (2 min) Creating a Reply to Prime (3 min)
Good Faith Effort Form (2 min) Managing Saved Replies (3 min)
Viewing & Publishing my Sub-quote Request
(4 min)
Creating Unsolicited Sub-quotes (4 min)
Unsolicited Sub-quotes (3 min)
Managing Replies from subs (3 min)


Financial Assistance

The U.S. Dept of Transportation, Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) offers financial assistance to small disadvantaged businesses by providing guaranteed loans through its Short Term Lending Program (STLP) for transportation related contracts only. To be eligible a business must be certified DBE or be a disadvantaged small business, or certified under one of the SBA programs.

Other benefits of becoming DBE Certified include:

  1. Participation counts toward project DBE goals
  2. Special Mailings

  3. CDOT's Pay Estimates
  4. Prompt Payment Information and Resources Brochure

Bidders List

It is CDOT's policy that DBE firms have equal opportunity to participate on projects financed with federal, state or local entity funds. Consistent with 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26.11, the CDOT Bidders List data provided by prime contractors will provide CDOT as accurate data as possible about the universe of DBE and non-DBE firms actively seeking work on its highway construction contracts, for use in setting overall DBE goals. Additional bidding information for goal-setting purposes is also gathered as part of Connect2DOT.

In order to determine whether or not any of the businesses listed are currently certified as a DBE and/or ESB firm, or are currently prequalified to bid CDOT work as a prime contractor, please use the following link and search the official directories at the Contractor Listings

Below are the latest prime contractor and subcontractor versions of the report:

CDOT Bidders List - Prime Contractor Report
CDOT Bidders List - Subcontractor Report

If your company submitted a bid to a prime contractor for a CDOT highway construction project within the appropriate timeframe (see above) and your business is not listed on the most recent CDOT Bidders List subcontractor report, please contact the CDOT Civil Rights & Business Resource Center at or (303) 757-9310. Please be prepared to provide the name of the prime contractor you submitted your quote to along with the letting date of the CDOT highway construction project. CDOT will follow-up to confirm your bid and add your firm's information to the next CDOT Bidders List (if appropriate).

Achievement Report

CDOT continues to partner with Colorado businesses of all sizes to find ways to improve its small business programs. Over the last year, CDOT engaged several stakeholders to assist in creating a report that would help convey a prime contractor's ongoing commitment to achieve required levels of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation on CDOT highway construction projects.

While other State DOTs have created formal grading scales (i.e., "A", "B" and "D" etc.) as a means of interpreting similar prime contractor reports, CDOT decided to simply post the "raw" data by prime contractors in alphabetical order and let the record speak for itself.

Only contractors who have won at least one prime contract with CDOT over the past 3 full federal fiscal years (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30) appear on the annual report(s).

CDOT will be publishing an updated report on an annual basis. CDOT will use information contained in these reports as part of its Good Faith Effort review process per its current DBE standard special provision (see "Good Faith Efforts" section of latest specification .

"2009-2012 Prime Contractor Annual DBE Achievement Report for CDOT Highway Construction Projects Awarded"

The following report shows the level of DBE commitments on all CDOT highway construction projects bid:

“2009-2012 DBE Achievement on CDOT Highway Construction Projects Bid”

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Contact Information

CDOT Civil Rights & Business Resource Center
Greg Diehl - Manager
4201 East Arkansas Avenue Rm 150
Denver, CO 80222

303-757-9234 Office
800-925-3427 Toll Free
303-952-7088 Fax

Regional Civil Rights Managers

Working with Local Government

In keeping with Governor Hickenlooper's Executive Order D2011-005, CDOT engages in extensive public outreach at the outset of each rule making process, involving state and local entities and individuals in the development of the rules.

CDOT Financials

In accordance with House Bill 11-1002, CDOT has created an online database for the Colorado Department of Transportation's Financial Information