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Bonding Education Program

Small Business Building Big

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Bonding Education Program (BEP) works with The Surety and Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) and other bond producers to help small businesses become bond ready. Becoming bondable is a challenge for many disadvantaged businesses and this program aims to help businesses grow by obtaining or building bonding capacity.

The BEP is a multi-component program, designed to address what businesses need to become bond-ready when competing for transportation-related contracts.  Each BEP includes workshops with industry professionals for business development and one-on-one sessions with local surety bonding representatives to help small and disadvantaged business owners compile necessary components to a complete a bond application. This program is tailored to businesses competing for transportation-related contracts.

BEP's Mission

The Bonding Education Program’s mission is to increase small businesses’ economic competitiveness to maximize opportunities by becoming surety bonded and compete for transportation-related contracts through education and resources to understand risk management, safety, workforce development and company capabilities.

The BEP is offered through the network of 11 Regional Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRC).

For additional information about the BEP program, please reach out to the Bonding Education Program Manager:

Lisa Leone, at lisa.leone@dot.gov or 202-366-2671.

Last updated: Friday, August 5, 2022