LaDOTD Business Development Program

Region B, 2022 – 2023


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 in Region B

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

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



BEach 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 application deadline for the 2022-23 BDP cohort is Friday, February 25, 2022 at 5:00pm CST.

The curriculum and schedule for the two-year program are below. Schedule subject to change.


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.
  • be based in Region B.
  • 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


2022-2023 LADOTD Business Development Program – Region B, Year 1

Date Session Time

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 

Session 1: LADOTD BDP Orientation 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 Session 2: Understanding Contracting Requirements for LADOTD Projects 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Session 3: Understanding Financial Statements 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 Session 4: Work in Progress Accounting 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 Session 5: Increasing Your Bonding Capacity and Preparing to Access Capital 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 Session 6: Understanding How to Create a Pro Forma 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 Session 7: Contract Law: Managing and Negotiating Contracts with Primes 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, September 8, 2022 Session 8: Understanding Teaming Agreements and Joint Ventures 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 Session 9: Developing Winning Proposals + CMAR 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 Session 10: Construction Bid Prep 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, December 9, 2022 Session 11: Opportunities Outlook 2023 9:00am-12:00pm

2022-2023 LADOTD Business Development Program – Region B, Year 2

Date Session Time
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 Session 12: Roundtable: Meet the Primes 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 Session 13: Introduction to Planswift Estimating Software 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 Session 14: Roundtable: Collaboration Shift: A Way to Learn, Scale and Gro 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 Session 15: Project Management in UDA Construction Suite 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, May 24, 2023 Session 16: Roundtable: Leadership Styles 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 Session 17: Introduction to QuickBooks and Costing 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, July 26, 2023 Session 18: Roundtable: Marketing Basics 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, August 23, 2023 Session 19: Roundtable: Human Resources / Employment Law 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 Session 20: Roundtable: Understanding Construction Financial Ratios 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 Session 21: Roundtable: The Baldrige Model 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 Session 22: Roundtable: Tracking Success by Measurement and Analysis 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 Session 23: Roundtable 9: Program Closing and Action Planning 10:00am-12:00pm
Friday, December 8, 2023 Session 24: Opportunities Outlook 2024 9:00am-12:00pm