DOTD to host DBE networking event January 18

Published 7:34 am Thursday, January 5, 2023

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Baton Rouge- On Wednesday, January 18, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program will host a networking event aimed at introducing businesses with prime contractors and others in the transportation industry.

This business summit will bring together DBEs in the transportation and related industries with prime contractors to provide an opportunity for sub-contractors to meet contractors and establish relationships prior to lettings.

This business event will include remarks from DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Small Business Administration Region VI Administrator Ted James, Federal Highway Administration Equal Opportunity Specialist Charles Harkless and Louisiana Associated General Contractors CEO Ken Naquin.

Following remarks, there will be a presentation on the DBE certification process and how to conduct business with DOTD, as well as information on DOTD’s Electric Vehicle program. Secretary Wilson will also give out awards to prime contractors who exceeded their DBE participation goals for 2020 and 2021.

This event will be held Wednesday, January 18 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To register, click here.


DOTD Auditorium

1201 Capitol Access Road

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

For more information about the DBE program or this event, contact DOTD Program Director Paula Roddy at 225-379-1363.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

For more information, please visit, email, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please let us know how we may better serve you: Customer Service Survey.