The NP SBTRC executes the U.S. DOT’s small business assistance programs throughout the states of Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. The goal of the NP SBTRC is to increase the ability of small businesses (Native and Non-Native) to compete for and enter into transportation-related contracts at the local, state and federal levels throughout the region. Headquartered in Billings, Montana, the NP SBTRC assists small and disadvantaged businesses in the region by providing procurement, technical, financial and bonding assistance.
Clients We Serve
Small Disadvantaged Businesses; 8(a) Businesses; Woman Owned Small Businesses; Historically Underutilized Business Zone Businesses (HubZone); Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses; Veteran Owned Small Businesses; Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE-DOT). We serve both Indian and non-Indian clients.
Northern Plains SBTRC Contact Information
Gordon Jackson, Project Director, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Direct Telephone Number: (406) 294-8061/Cell Phone (406) 860-4516
Darrell LaMere, Project Coordinator, (mailto:email@example.com)
Direct Telephone Number: (406) 294-8060
Mailing and Street Address:
Northern Plains Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center
Native American Development Corporation
2929 3rd Ave North; Suite 300
Billings, MT 59101
NADC Website: http://www.nadc-nabn.org/
NP-SBTRC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NPSBTRC/
US-DOT Northern Plains Website: http://www.dot.gov/osdbu/np-sbtrc
Bonding Education Program
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Bonding Education Program (BEP) partners with surety companies to help small businesses become bond ready. Securing bid, performance or payment bonds is a challenge to many disadvantaged businesses and this program administered through your SBTRC aims to help by building bonding capacity.
Are you ready to seek bonding capability? The DOT BEP program seeks to educate owners, key managers, or administrators that meet the following criteria:
- Been in business for at least two (2) consecutive years
- Generated revenue of at least $250,000 annually
- Have a minimum of two employees (including owner)
- Has past performance in construction/transportation industry
- Currently pursuing federally funded transportation contracts
- Interested in satisfying credit, capacity & character evaluations with a surety representative
- Holds one of the following certifications like: DBE, HubZone firm, SBA 8(a) firm, Veteran or Woman Owned Business
- Consultants or engineering firms are not eligible
More information can be found at this website: http://www.dot.gov/osdbu/financial-assistance/bonding-education/bonding-education-program
The West Central SBTRC (Denver, Colorado) has developed a video that shows in detail how to apply for the bonding education program – here is a link to the video on their website:
Short Term Lending Program (STLP)
The Short Term Lending Program (STLP) is a DOT Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) loan guarantee program. It provides certified DBEs and other certified small businesses with short-term working capital at competitive interest rates for DOT or DOT-funded contracts and subcontracts. The transportation contracts are the primary loan collateral and the business works through a participating lender (PL) in the private sector that offers these loans.
The maximum loan amount is $750,000. The line of credit normally lasts for one year, but the applicant can request renewals up to five years.
The funds can only be used to meet the short-term costs of performing an awarded DOT contract or sub-contract. These funds cannot be used for: Contract mobilization; Equipment purchases or other long-term uses; Refinancing of existing debt; Payment of non-current taxes; or Distributions or other payments to stockholders.
Loan applications can be downloaded from the following OSDBU website:
The West Central SBTRC (Denver, Colorado) has developed a video that shows in detail how to apply for the short term lending program – here is a link to the video on their website:
The NP SBTRC was created in 2015 and was formerly contained within the Northwest (Everett, WA); the Central (Columbia, MO) and West Central (Denver, CO) SBTRCs. Those former centers were established in about 2008 and have assisted small businesses with federal procurement, technical assistance, and financial assistance.
Types of Services Provided
Business Analyses and Market Research; General Management and Technical Assistance; Business Counseling, Bonding Education Program (BEP), Short Term Lending Program (STLP), Outreach and Conference Participation; Assistance in Obtaining Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) Registration; and Registration In System of Award Management (SAM).xt.
Clients Intake Form
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A survey was conducted of small businesses in the Northern Plains region using DBE directory lists from Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. About 1,206 invitations to the survey were sent to email addresses in May 2015. Eighty responses were received and the results are posted here.
Survey Results (.pdf)
Women and Girls In Transportation Initiative (WITI)
President Obama signed an executive order in 2009 that created the White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that each federal agency addresses the needs of women and girls. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood launched the Entrepreneurial Women and Girls Internship Program in July 2010 that evolved into today’s Women and Girls in Transportation Initiative (WITI) that seeks to increase the participation of women in the nation’s transportation industry.
The goals of WITI are to:
- Identify the current situation and challenges for women participating in the transportation industry, address those challenges and seek to improve the status quo;
- Educate WITI participants on the exciting opportunities available in the transportation industry and inspire them to enter the science, engineering, and technology fields;
- Attract WITI participants into transportation related fields through the WITI program and programs offered by other partner organizations;
- Retain female WITI participants in the transportation industry;
- Serve as a resource to all WITI participants regarding information about the transportation industry.
For more information on the WITI program please access this DOT website: