New Year, New Field Offices, New Success!
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), is proud to start 2015 by introducing two new additions to our family. In an effort to further the mission of OSDBU and increase our impact on the small business community, the Native American Development Corporation (NADC) and the United States Black Chamber - Community Economic Development Corporation (USBC-CEDC) have been chosen to serve as OSDBU’s two new Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRC).
Located in Billings, Montana, NADC is now serving as the Northern Plains Region SBTRC, covering the states of Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. NADC is also currently serving as a Native American Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) with the U.S. Department of Defense and is a registered Community Development Financial Institution. NADC comes to the USDOT OSDBU with a wealth of knowledge, resources and nearly 20 years of experience assisting small and emerging businesses within the region.
The USBC-CEDC of Washington D.C. is now serving as the Capital Region SBTRC, covering the Washington D.C. Metro Area. With a focus on advocacy, access to capital, contracting and entrepreneur training, USBC-CEDC comes to OSDBU with an impressive background of assisting minority business owners and developing strong stakeholder relationships.
The USDOT OSDBU enters into cooperative agreements with chambers of commerce, trade associations, educational institutions and other business organizations to serve as SBTRCs. Through these agreements, OSDBU establishes a local presence and increases awareness of contract opportunities and USDOT financial assistance programs for small, minority, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises. To accomplish this mission, the SBTRCs provide a variety of services including business counseling, outreach, financial, technical and procurement assistance. For more information about OSDBU and to find the SBTRC near you, please feel free to contact the OSDBU Regional Assistance Division at (202) 366-1930 or visit www.dot.gov/osdbu.
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