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Event calendar

Date Time Location Description Registration
Sept. 30, 2021 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Online Learn about the DBE Business Academy: Instructors and guest speakers will present highlights of the DBE Business Academy training program and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. Learn how you can grow and develop your business with these sequenced trainings. Register for the presentation about the DBE Business Academy
Oct. 6, 2021 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Online Virtual outreach expo - Attend this expo to:
  • Meet prime contractors
  • Learn about upcoming MnDOT projects
  • Network with other certified small businesses
  • Attend training breakout sessions
  • Join a live panel discussion
  • Visit vendor booths
Register at Eventbrite
Questions: mndot@certifiedsmallbizsupport.com
Oct. 12, 2021 9 - 10:30 a.m. Join via Zoom Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Committee – The DBE committee identifies issues and recommendations related to building capacity, utilization, and sustainability of DBE firms. Questions: bbjorklund@zanassoc.com
Oct. 14, 2021 9 - 10:30 a.m. Online Worksite Cooperation Committee – This Collaborative subcommittee identifies worksite issues related to workforce diversity and develops recommendations to ensure construction worksites are respectful and welcoming to all. No registration necessary.
Questions: Norma Miller, nmiller@ultcmn.org; Mel Reeves, mellaneous19@yahoo.com
Oct. 20, 2021 9:30 - 11 a.m. Join via GoToMeeting
Dial-in: 312-757-3121; Access Code: 964-748-861
Leadership Committee -This Collaborative subcommittee establishes agendas for Collaborative meetings, makes recommendations to the full Collaborative, and provides oversight and direction to the subcommittees. No registration necessary.
Questions: Faith Xiong fxiong@zanassoc.com
Oct. 20, 2021 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Online Resources and winning tools - Learn which resources and technology tools you can use to build, scale and expand your small business. Register at Eventbrite
Questions: mndot@certifiedsmallbizsupport.com
Oct. 22, 2021 9 - 10 a.m. Online Youth Outreach Committee – This Collaborative subcommittee identifies recruitment strategies and educational opportunities. No registration necessary.
Questions: sylvia.garcia@state.mn.us; elaine.valadez@state.mn.us
Oct. 27, 2021 9 – 10:30 a.m. Online Effective Proposal Writing to Make or Break Your Proposal - Your response to a solicitation and how well you understand what is being requested can be the pivot point in your government contracting endeavors. Let's talk about how to make you and your proposal successful! Register here: https://mngov.ecenterdirect.com/events/1633
Oct. 27, 2021 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Join via Teams Workforce Results and Transparency Meeting - The Results and Transparency workgroup reviews and monitors the projects, workforce goals, and progress in hiring women and people of color on highway construction projects. rlieser@zanassoc.com 
Oct. 28, 2021 3 – 5 p.m. Online PTAC / DBE / MnDOT Prime Networking Opportunity - Are you a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)?  Would you like to learn more about how to leverage that certification?  Are you interested in knowing who some of MnDOT's large prime contractors are and how you can become a subcontractor for them? Join us for this networking event to hear about upcoming projects and tips on do's and don'ts directly from the primes.

Register here:

https://mngov.ecenterdirect.com/events/1634
Nov. 3 1 - 2:30 p.m. Online Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program overview- The DBE program applies to projects with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Met Council, and the City of Minneapolis. To participate in the DBE program, your firm must be a small business that is at least 51% owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s). Attend this session to learn program details, certification basics, and how the government agencies utilize it, and the benefits of having the certification.

Register here:

https://mngov.ecenterdirect.com/events/1635
Nov. 9, 2021 9 - 10:30 a.m. Join via Zoom Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Committee – The DBE committee identifies issues and recommendations related to building capacity, utilization, and sustainability of DBE firms. Questions: bbjorklund@zanassoc.com
Nov. 17, 2021 9 - 11 a.m. Join via GoToMeeting
Dial-in: 408-650-3123; Access Code: 857-455-805
Full DBE and Workforce Collaborative – The DBE and Workforce Collaborative is an advisory group of stakeholders from various industry groups interested in DBE and workforce diversity.
The Collaborative’s goal is to increase the diversity of firms and people of color and women participation in the construction industry to reflect the demographics of the State of Minnesota by:
  • Building the future workforce,
  • Expanding existing business and workforce skills,
  • Ensuring transparency, and
  • Connecting people and firms with each other.
It is an open group that welcomes the participation of all who support the goal. Any organization or individual committed to the goal may participate by attending a Collaborative meeting.
No registration necessary.
Questions: Brigitte Bjorklund, bbjorklund@zanassoc.com
Nov. 18, 2021 9-11 a.m. Online Finding Opportunities & Successful Bidding Tips – Where Should I Be Searching? Join us to learn the tools to find the right opportunity and successfully submit your bid. Learn how to research various agency websites including MnDOT, Department of Administration, federal sites and more. This session will benefit all industries, but emphasis will be on construction and highway heavy opportunities.

Register here:

https://mngov.ecenterdirect.com/events/1638
Dec. 8, 2021 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Join via Teams Workforce Results and Transparency Meeting - The Results and Transparency workgroup reviews and monitors the projects, workforce goals, and progress in hiring women and people of color on highway construction projects. rlieser@zanassoc.com 
Dec. 9, 2021 9 - 10:30 a.m. Online Worksite Cooperation Committee – This Collaborative subcommittee identifies worksite issues related to workforce diversity and develops recommendations to ensure construction worksites are respectful and welcoming to all. No registration necessary.
Questions: Norma Miller, nmiller@ultcmn.org; Mel Reeves, mellaneous19@yahoo.com
Dec. 14, 2021 9 - 10:30 a.m. Join via Zoom Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Committee – The DBE committee identifies issues and recommendations related to building capacity, utilization, and sustainability of DBE firms. Questions: bbjorklund@zanassoc.com
Dec. 15, 2021 9:30 - 11 a.m. Join via GoToMeeting
Dial-in: 224-501-3412; Access Code: 808-427-261
Leadership Committee -This Collaborative subcommittee establishes agendas for Collaborative meetings, makes recommendations to the full Collaborative, and provides oversight and direction to the subcommittees. No registration necessary.
Questions: Faith Xiong fxiong@zanassoc.com