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									What is the Emerging Small Business                    What benefits can an ESB expect?                        What    incentives    can    Prime
(ESB) Program?                                         CDOT provides certain assistance to eligible            Contractors or Consultants receive?
The Emerging Small Business (ESB) Program is a         ESBs, such as:                                          CDOT provides payments to prime contractors and
race-neutral program that is intended to assist all                                                            consultants when work is subcontracted to eligible
small businesses, including minority, woman and        Financial Assistance with Bonding                       ESBs to encourage ESB participation on CDOT
disadvantaged business enterprises to access           a. CDOT will pay a certain percentage of the cost       projects, such as:
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)              of the bond obtained by an ESB prime
business opportunities.                                   contractor, not exceeding $5,000 per duration        Financial Reimbursement Payments
                                                          of time the ESB is in the program.                   a. Payment (up to $5,000) to a prime contractor or
What qualifies as an ESB?                                                                                         consultant who retains an ESB subcontractor or
                                                       b. Where an ESB subcontractor is able to obtain            subconsultant that has never had a contract or
A business must meet certain criteria to participate
                                                          bonding required by the prime contractor,               subcontract on a CDOT project.
as an ESB, including:
                                                          CDOT will pay a certain percentage of the cost
                                                          of the bond obtained by the ESB, not to exceed       b. Payment (up to $7,500) to a prime contractor or
a. An ESB must be an independent business;
                                                          $5,000 per duration of time the ESB is in the           consultant who trains one or more ESB(s) as
                                                          program.                                                subcontractor(s) or subconsultant(s) on a CDOT
b. An ESB must not have exceeded the following
  total gross income limitations:                                                                                 project.
                                                       Tuition Reimbursement Assistance
     1) A total of $2 million averaged over the past
                                                       CDOT will pay up to $300 per year per ESB firm          c. Reimbursement (up to 5 percent of the ESB
     three fiscal years for a business who performs
                                                       to reimburse half the cost of what is spent on             subcontractors award to a maximum of
     consulting or research work.
                                                       training classes to improve the businesss ability to      $5,000) to a prime contractor for costs incurred
     2) A total of $4.5 million averaged over the
                                                       do business in the transportation industry.                if the prime had agreed to waive its bonding
     past three fiscal years for a business who
     performs construction work.                                                                                  requirements for the ESB and the ESB
                                                       Resource Center                                            subcontractor fails to perform.
                                                       CDOT houses a Resource Center to assist ESBs
How can a business become eligible?                    requesting information on Consultant, Contractor
A business establishes eligibility by meeting the      and Purchasing procedures and contract                  Professional Services Consultant Evaluation
terms and conditions of the Rules, which includes:     opportunities in the transportation industry. The       CDOT provides up to 5 evaluation scoring points,
                                                       Center has construction plans available for viewing     or increase the weight given to existing scoring
a. Complete an ESB Initial Eligibility                 and/checking out; a library of CDOT publications;       points if the prime consultant is either an ESB or
   Application.                                        access to the Internet and information on other         will use an ESB as a subconsultant.
b. Submit three years Federal Tax returns or an        CDOT opportunities. CDOT may provide one-on-
   income statement or Federal Tax returns for         one assistance or class orientations.                   Contact the CDOT Business Programs Office if
   the period business has existed.
                                                                                                               you have any questions about the ESB Program or
c. Submit proof that a principal has completed
                                                       Monthly Directory of Eligible ESB Contractors           to request the ESB Application and Rules at
   at least six hours of class or seminars on small
                                                       and Consultants                                         (303)757-9234. Information is also available
   business topics such as taxes, marketing,
                                                       CDOT places a monthly directory of eligible ESBs        on the Internet at CDOT’s website:
   planning, finance, etc.
                                                       in construction and consultant bid proposal
d. Complete a Business Development Plan each
                                                       packages for prime contractors and consultants.         www.dot.state.co.us/EEO/ESBProgramPage.htm
   year in the program.
Contact the CDOT Business Programs Office if
you have any questions about the ESB Program or
to request the ESB Application and Rules at
(303)757-9234. Information is also available

on the Internet at CDOT’s website:

www.dot.state.co.us/EEO/ESBProgramPage.htm

Please complete this form and fax to (303)757-
9019; or

Mail this form to:
                                                                                  CDOT
ESB Program Manager                                                               EMERGING SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM
CDOT Business Programs Office
4201 E. Arkansas Avenue                           Colorado Department of
Denver, Colorado 80222
                                                    Transportation (CDOT)
____Please send Monthly Directory                 Business Programs Office
    of Eligible ESB Contractors &                  1325 S. Colorado Blvd.
    Consultants
                                                    Building B, Suite 404
____Please send ESB Application and Rules to:        Denver, Colorado
Business Name:

Address:                                          Mailing address:
                                                  CDOT-Business Programs Office
City, State, Zipcode:                             4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
                                                  Denver, Colorado 80222
Telephone:

Fax:                                              Phone: (303)757-9234
                                                  Fax:   (303)757-9019
Contact:
____________________________________              CDOT Website Address:
                                                   www.dot.state.co.us

								
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