LaDOTD Business Development Program

Region B, 2020 – 2022

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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

FAST FACTS:

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

COST: FREE!

TO QUALIFY:

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. 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

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 dbesupport@urbanleaguela.org

PROGRAM CURRICULUM & SCHEDULE

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)

 

10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Session 4: Bid Prep (Webinar)

 

10:00am-12:00pm
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

 

9:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday, November 10, 2020

Session 7: Intermediate QuickBooks and Costing

 

9:00am-12:00pm
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

 

8:30am-4:00pm
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Session 10: Project Management in UDA Construction Suite

 

9:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Session 11: Human Resources in UDA Construction Suite

 

9:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Session 12: QuickBooks Integration with UDA Construction Suite

 

9:00am-3:00pm

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

Date

Session

Time

May 2021

 

Session 1: Understanding Financials & Pro Formas

9:00am-1:00pm

June 2021

Session 2: UDA Estimating & QuickBooks Integration

9:00am-1:00pm

July 2021

 

Session 3: Bid Prep & Creating Scope Sheets

10:00am-12:00pm

August 2021

Session 4: PlanSwift Costing

 

9:00am-1:00pm

September 2021

Session 5: UDA Sales Management & Lead Tracking

9:00am-1:00pm

October 2021

Session 6: Bonding Basics

 

9:00am-1:00pm

November 2021

Session 7: UDA Scheduling & Gantt Charts

 

9:00am-3:00pm

December 2021

Session 8: Introduction to QuickBooks

 

9:00am-1:00pm

January 2022

Session 9: Annual DBE Summit

 

8:30am-4:00pm

February 2022

Session 10: Understanding Contracts & Teaming Agreements

 

9:00am-1:00pm

March 2022

Session 11: UDA Human Resources & Back Office

 

9:00am-12:00pm

April 2022

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

9:00am-1:00pm