The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is proud to highlight President Barack Obama’s proclamation of Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week and the USDOT DBE Summit: Access to Opportunity for the DBE/Small Business Community.
USDOT DBE Summit: Access to Opportunity for the DBE/Small Business Community
The Obama Administration has supported the development of small businesses, particularly minority owned small businesses. The President has often acknowledged the the critical role small and minority owned businesses play in employing millions of Americans and having an economic impact of over $1 trillion. To reaffirm his efforts of supporting and developing small and minority owned small businesses, on October 18, 2016, President Barack Obama proclaimed October 23 – October 29, 2016 MED Week.
In alignment with President Obama’s proclamation of MED Week, the USDOT hosted the “USDOT DBE Summit: Access to Opportunity for the DBE/Small Business Community” (DBE Summit) on October 26, 2016. This well attended event consisted of opening remarks provided by Secretary Anthony R. Foxx, robust panel discussions and two networking sessions placing DBE/Small Businesses in front of Federal Agency Small Business Specialists and Prime Contractors. The summit provided useful information and resources the country’s DBE/Small Business community.
Some notable sessions from the DBE Summit were “Making it Count - Partners In Excellence”, “Expanding Possibilities”, and “Small Business Essentials”. The DBE Summit's “Making it Count – Partners In Excellence” provided best practices on how to run a successful DBE business and working with the State Departments of Transportation. The “Expanding Possibilities” portion of the DBE Summit provided four unique panel discussions titled, "DBE Certifications", "The Fundamentals of Winning Contracts", and "Alaskan Native Corporation Certifications". One of the most important portions of the DBE Summit, “Small Business Essentials”, provided a panel discussion on how Title VI protects DBE businesses from discrimination.
For more information on the USDOT DBE program, please visit the USDOT’s Departmental Office of Civil Rights website. In addition, if you would like to learn more about Small Business resources, please visit the OSDBU website.