Hurley Highlights Upcoming IDOT Workshops for Disadvantaged Business Program

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State Representative Fran Hurley encourages eligible small businesses with disabilities to participate in an upcoming series of virtual workshops for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program.

“The DBE program supports local businesses and helps build infrastructure across our state,” Hurley said.

“These workshops will help companies better access and participate in federally and state-funded highway, transit, and airport contracts.”

New and existing DBEs, as well as companies interested in becoming certified in the program, are invited to participate in IDOT’s “Building Blocks of Success” series in November.




State Representative Fran Hurley 35th District
State Representative Fran Hurley 35th District

The workshops will aim to help companies build their skills, grow their business and bid for state budgets. The following topics are currently scheduled:

– Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to noon: Expanded work category codes

– November 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: QuickBooks Part 1 – Building Your Business

– Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Best accounting practices and financial reports

– November 10, 10 a.m. to noon: Improving your personal and business credit rating (D&B)

– Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Navigation on the IDOT site (Basic)

– Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Navigation on the IDOT site (Advanced)

– November 29, 10 a.m. to noon: QuickBooks Part 2 – Day-to-Day Performance, Part 2

The workshop series is expected to continue through April and will cover other topics. Advance registration is required and available through Eventbrite at bit.ly/DBEworkshops.

Questions about the workshops can be directed to IDOT’s DBE Resource Center at 312-939-1100. For more information on how to become a certified DBE and to learn about additional IDOT resources, please visit www.idot.illinois.gov/dbe.






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