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Small Business Enterprises

Supportive Services Program

The Bureau of Small Business Enterprises administers the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program and ensures that external Equal Employment Opportunity, On-the-Job Training, and Labor contract requirements are met. The goal of IDOT’s Supportive Services program is to provide assistance that fosters opportunities for DBE firms and minority and female individuals to participate in IDOT’s transportation-related contracts.

2014 IDOT Supportive Services Consultants

The following consultants have contracts to provide management and technical supportive services assistance. These services are provided at no charge to IDOT’s DBE firms, to those firms seeking IDOT DBE program certification, to IL UCP DBE-certified firms who have an IDOT contract, and to prime contractors doing business with IDOT.

IDOT, through its supportive services consultants, offers workshops/sessions throughout the year that cover such topics as “How to Do Business with IDOT,” “Estimating & Bidding,” “Prime/Subcontractors Networking,” “Strategic Planning/Joint Ventures/Second Tier Subcontracting,” “Survey & Layout,” “Bonding/Financing/Credit Restoration,” “DBE Roundtable Discussion,” “Plan Review/Take Offs,” and “Project Management and Documentation.” Firms do not have to be DBE-certified to attend these workshops. If there is a topic for a workshop that your firm would find useful, but is not offered, please discuss with the appropriate consultant. IDOT’s 2014 workshops are listed below under the applicable district location.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the supportive services assistance that IDOT offers, please contact the Bureau of Small Business Enterprises at (217) 785-5947.

Management Assistance - Assistance with cash flow, bonding and financing, payments, obtaining work and equipment / other resources, preparation of business plans, computer technology, certification / prequalification application assistance, assessment / development / improvement of management, accounting and computer systems, assistance with loan package preparation, development of web site / marketing materials / safety plans, and IDOT DBE workshops.

Districts 1, 2, 3

Mr. Theo Joyner, Project Director
Ralph G. Moore & Associates
401 South LaSalle
Suite 1401
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312/419-7260
Fax: 312/419-1918

Districts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Mr. Mark Vaughn, Project Director
Franklin & Vaughn, LLC
2220 South Route 157, Suite 200 E
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Phone: 618/614-3194
Fax: 888/675-4426

Technical Assistance – Training and assistance in estimating, bidding, negotiations, technical tasks, reading specifications and plans, developing production schedules, preparing required reporting forms and documentation, reviewing IDOT contract-related documents / reports, assistance with IDOT project site inspections / meetings and contract troubleshooting, and IDOT DBE workshops.

Districts 1, 6, 7, 8, 9

Mr. Dave Clark, Project Director
ESI Consultants, Ltd.
753 Windsor Road
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: 217/348-1900
Fax: 217/348-1903

ESI Consultants, Ltd. District 1 Lead Contact Person:

Mr. Kevin Hayes
208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1705
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312/277-1700
Mobile: 312/735-6741

Resource information provided by ESI Consultants, Ltd.:

Contractor Force Account Spreadsheet(Blank)
IDOT Website Letting Guide;
“Estimating & Bidding” PowerPoint presentation (March 2, 2012);
“Getting Paid” PowerPoint presentation (March 31, 2011;
Force Account PowerPoint presentation (March 31, 2011);
Bidding & Estimating Spreadsheet; NEW
Daily Work Sheet (The daily worksheet is something that can be used to track daily activities. After saving the file, the firm should put their company name on it. It can be adjusted to the firm however necessary, it is just a sample.)

Districts 2, 3  

Ms. Minal Hahm, Project Director
M Squared Engineering, LLC
W62N215 Washington Avenue
Cedarburg, WI 53012
Phone: 262/376-4246
Fax: 262/375-2274

Districts 4

Calvin Williams, President
Construction Consulting Services Incorporated
5261 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60644
(800) 445-2913

District 5

Mr. Rich Nowack, Project Director
Quigg Engineering Inc.
2000 South Main Street, Suite A
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Phone: 217/245-5375
Fax: 217/245-5398

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