Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward: Creating
Opportunity for Female- and Minority-Owned Businesses
Conference helps small firms grow through
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[March 16, 2018]
The Illinois Department of Transportation will host Today’s
Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward on March 19 and 20 at the President
Abraham Lincoln Springfield Hotel and Bank of Springfield Center.
The two-day conference provides female- and minority-owned
businesses with opportunities to make connections and develop skills
to increase their competitiveness.
“Building a high-quality, diverse workforce strengthens the Illinois
economy and promotes more competition on state projects,” said Gov.
Bruce Rauner. “Getting our small business owners the tools they need
to succeed is a small investment that pays off for years to come.”
The annual conference, presented by IDOT’s Office of Business and
Workforce Diversity, offers workshops, seminars on best practices,
and networking opportunities for firms and contractors wanting to do
business with the state through the Disadvantaged Business
Enterprise (DBE) program.
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Topics covered will include: advanced financing, work category expansion, the
Highway Construction Careers Training Program, erosion control, small businesses
and tax plan changes, subcontractor payment tracking, changes to the supportive
services program, labor agreements, marketing strategies and more. A special
awards presentation will conclude the conference.
“The Illinois Department of Transportation is committed to making diversity a
priority,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Today’s
Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward was designed to foster a more inclusive business
environment by helping disadvantaged businesses grow through networking and
skill-building sessions, enabling them to more effectively compete for state
The event is well attended by subcontractors and prime contractors in
construction, trucking, engineering and other consulting services.
Click here for registration information and other event details.
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