LaDOTD Business Development Program

Region B, 2020 – 2022


The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s Business Development Program (BDP) provides tailored training and technical assistance to DBE firms who are actively seeking highway construction projects and those that exhibit the highest potential to successfully bid on these projects. As the program consultant for DBE Supportive Services in Region B, the Urban League of Louisiana will administer the BDP program on behalf of the LADOTD for selected firms.

The BDP is a two-year business and workforce development program designed to assist in strengthening the business, financial, and technical capacity of DBE firms who have the highest potential to effectively bid, compete, and perform on highway construction projects. In addition, the BDP seeks to assist participating firms in expanding their ability to compete in the marketplace on projects outside of the DBE program. The program provides traditional supportive services to selected DBEs, including:

  • One-on-one and small group advising sessions
  • Capacity-building coaching
  • Technical assistance
  • Strategic business planning
  • Access to market- and industry-specific resources such as bonding and insurance resources


WHO: Existing DBE Owners

WHAT: A two-year, in-depth business development curriculum

BONUS: Participants will have opportunities to network with industry leaders and experts



Each DBE owner must commit to the two-year, in-depth business development curriculum. Only the owner of each participating firm is eligible to participate. The admission to the program is not transferrable and individuals who are not the owner are not permitted to attend.

As a part of the BDP, participants will also have opportunities to network with industry leaders and experts. Many sessions will include guest speakers and representatives from the LADOTD, as well as, other statewide procurement professionals.

For classes held online via webinar, participants will be sent a registration link for each session. All in-class trainings will be held at Urban League of Louisiana, Contractor’s Resource Center, 4640 S. Carrollton Ave., Ste. 250, New Orleans, LA 70119, or other specified location. The BDP schedule is subject to change and may be modified at the discretion of the Urban League of Louisiana and the LADOTD.

The curriculum and schedule for the two- year program are below. 


In order to participate, DBE firms must apply. Selected firms must be highly motivated and actively pursuing highway-related work. Selected firms must: 

  • be a certified LAUCP DBE firm.
  • demonstrate high interest in doing business with LADOTD.
  • commit to the 2 Year Business Development Curriculum.
  • commit to one-on-one and small group advising sessions.
  • complete a Strategic Business Development Plan.

*For questions regarding the eligibility criteria, please contact the CEI at


2020-2022 LADOTD Business Development Program – Region B, Year 1

Date Session Time

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Session 1: LADOTD BDP Orientation  + Understanding Financial Statements (Webinar) 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Session 2: Increasing Your Bonding Capacity and Preparing to Access Capital (Webinar) 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Session 3: Work in Progress Accounting (Webinar)


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Session 4: Bid Prep (Webinar)


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Session 5: Introduction to PlanSwift Estimating Software 9:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Session 6: Introduction to UDA ConstructionSuite for Scheduling


Wednesday, November 10, 2020

Session 7: Intermediate QuickBooks and Costing


Wednesday, December 2, 2020 Session 8: Back Office Integration (UDA ConstructionSuite + QuickBooks + G07/02 Pay Apps + WIP Accounting + PlanSwift) 9:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Session 9: Annual DBE Summit


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Session 10: Project Management in UDA Construction Suite


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Session 11: Human Resources in UDA Construction Suite


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Session 12: QuickBooks Integration with UDA Construction Suite



2020-2022 LADOTD Business Development Program – Region B, Year 2




May 2021


Session 1: Understanding Financials & Pro Formas


June 2021

Session 2: UDA Estimating & QuickBooks Integration


July 2021


Session 3: Bid Prep & Creating Scope Sheets


August 2021

Session 4: PlanSwift Costing



September 2021

Session 5: UDA Sales Management & Lead Tracking


October 2021

Session 6: Bonding Basics



November 2021

Session 7: UDA Scheduling & Gantt Charts



December 2021

Session 8: Introduction to QuickBooks



January 2022

Session 9: Annual DBE Summit



February 2022

Session 10: Understanding Contracts & Teaming Agreements



March 2022

Session 11: UDA Human Resources & Back Office



April 2022

Session 12: Understanding Financials (Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Cash flow Statement, Budgets, & Depreciation)