The Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) conference: Today’s Challenge Tomorrow’s Reward (TCTR) focuses on providing educational and skill building workshops, best practices, and networking opportunities to statewide DBE firms. The overall goal is to help advance the firm’s skill set and knowledge in order to increase their competitiveness and opportunities for work on federally funded highway contracts.
TCTR has been held for over a decade, addresses FHWA goals, and is always well attended by minority and women owned firms in construction, trucking, engineering, professional consulting, and design. DBE Supportive Service consultants are on site to provide both management and technical assistance to certified DBE firms during the conference. Workshops are provided covering topics such as estimating and bidding, deletion of quantities, project management, erosion control, advanced financing, social media marketing, and much more. The conference concludes with an awards luncheon recognizing outstanding firms throughout the state.