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    Leveling the Field

    June 19, 2020


    Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MWDBEs) face many unique challenges in the construction transportation industry – including limited access to resources and information to build capacity and overall success.

    As a leading contractor in the South Atlantic region, Balfour Beatty was selected by the US Department of Transportation Small Business Resource Center (SBTRC) to educate disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) on how to successfully bid, win and execute work with the US Department of Transportation (USDOT).

    Kick-off for the virtual event began on May 14, 2020 and included a weekly series of live 90-minute online webinars through mid-June. Balfour Beatty’s US 70 Havelock Bypass was the featured project for this series, in which teammates from our Southeast Region presented on topics such as safety, bidding and estimating design-build projects, construction accounting and finance, DBE contract compliance and project management.

    “The opportunity to participate in this education series is one we don’t take lightly,” SE Region Manager Mark Johnnie explained. “We celebrate a trusted six-year relationship with the USDOT Small Business Transportation Resource Center, and the growth DBEs have made in the South Atlantic is a testament to the success of the program.”

    The South Atlantic Region of SBTRC works closely with prime contractors and trade partners to assist small, minority, women and disadvantaged businesses in securing work with USDOT through programs that focus on providing information about procurement opportunities, training, access to capital through the USDOT’s lending program and assistance obtaining surety bonds. 

    The bonding education series, typically held in person but switched to virtual due to social distancing guidelines brought on by COVID-19, registered nearly 40 participants from 17 different organizations.

    “We’ve had some great information presented by the Balfour Beatty team,” SBTRC Project Director Alyssa Mako mentioned. “Everyone was very resourceful, and many DBEs benefited from the information presented.”

    Balfour Beatty teammates Eric Yates, William “Bill” Heston, Pete Erickson, Keith Nixon, Bruce Hazle and Pete Distefano led webinar presentations sharing resources to build Balfour Beatty’s current and future trade partners. The team also extends a special thanks to Nancy Huggins for her influential role in coordinating Balfour Beatty’s involvement in the program. 

    In addition to the bonding programs, Balfour Beatty has supported SBTRC’s Women and Girls in Transportation (WITI) program, offering resources about STEM careers to young women.  

    Balfour Beatty’s involvement the SBTRC supports our commitment to being a trusted, valued partner in the construction and transportation industry.