ADOT Academy for the Advancement of DBEs and SBEs

Apr 19, 2011

The ADOT Academy for the Advancement of DBEs is now the ADOT Academy for the Advancement of Small & Disadvantaged Businesses!

A commitment has been made to the Arizona’s small business community. The ADOT Academy for the Advancement of DBEs has been expanded to include certified Small Business Enterprises.  While the ADOT SBE certification program is under development, ADOT will recognize City of Phoenix and City of Tucson SBE certification for the purposes of awarding scholarships for participation.
The ADOT Academy curriculum, which has been developed by ASU’s Alliance for Construction Excellence, centers around the design and the construction of transportation projects.  Companies that can participate on these types of projects will be given priority for participation.  The program’s content includes training and education in the areas of leadership, communication, risk management, finance, marketing, bidding and procurement assistance.   Instruction is provided by ASU professors, industry experts, and ADOT leadership.

Deadline for Applications:  April 22, 2011

Programs and Dates:

Stage 1 Companies: May 4, 5, 10, & 11, 2011
(Start-up companies or early stage companies)
Due to the low number of applicants for Stage 1, there is a risk that this stage of the program could be cancelled.  If intersted in this session, please contact Charlene Neish at or 602-712-8191 for an application. 

Stage 2 Companies: June 22, 23, 29, & 30, 2011

(Business that are building their capacity to take on increasing amounts of transportation projects)

Stage 3 Companies: August 10, 11, 17, & 18, 2011

(Well established businesses and those that may be nearing graduation from SBE/DBE designation)

Similar programs cost $4000 to $6000, but for the 25 companies selected for each stage, ADOT will provide scholarships for the entire cost of the program.

For an application or questions regarding the program, please contact

Charlene Neish at 602-712-8191 or via email at


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