Dr. Teresa Merriweather Orok, Executive Director
Mrs. Kim Davis Vincent, Assistant Director
DBE Supportive Services
College of Business & Public Affiars
P.O. Box 429
Normal, Alabama 35762
The Alabama A&M University DBE Support Services Center (Center) is part of an ongoing commitment by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) to increase the level of participation of women and minorities owned contracting firms doing business in the highway and bridge construction industry. The Center is located on the historical campus of the Alabama A&M University in northern Alabama.
The A&M Center for DBE provides direct one-on-one assistance to DBE's located in the northern region of the state. The nature and scope of services not only involve direct consultation but also reinforced classroom instruction. The Center seeks to provide assistance to the DBE''s that will enable the firms to become viable and independent.
The Center has developed and implemented a criteria and procedures for monitoring the progress of the firms, to determine their need for continued assistance. The Center also utilizes a “need assessment survey” to define and evaluate the level of skills necessary that a firm may require to improve itself to be classified as a “viable contracting firm.” Additionally, the Center imparts advice and assistance to viable DBE/WBE firms, who wish to become pre-qualified to bid on contracts as prime contractors.
Mr. Garry Quinn, Director
DBE Supportive Services
College of Business, Management and Organization
1103 Old Montgomery Road
Tuskegee, Alabama 36088
The primary purpose of the Tuskegee University Supportive Services Program (Program) is to increase the total number of the minority firms participating in the Federal-aid highway program and the eventual self-sufficiency of minority firms. The Program provides to those DBE’s determined to be eligible for participation in the Federal-aid highway program in accordance with 49 CFR Parts 23 and 26 and have a work specialty related to the highway construction industry.
The Tuskegee University Transportation Supportive Services Program is located in the vicinity of the historical campus of the Tuskegee University. The Program’s services are directed at DBE’s located in the central and southeastern tier of the state.
The Program, in collaboration with area high schools provides a summer transportation institute for selected students, who have expressed an interest in the transportation industry as a career option. The summer institute exposes the students to the various modes of transportation systems utilized throughout the state for commercial purposes. The institute also, describes in detail the infrastructure of the highway system in the state and the importance of the construction industry. Students are transported to transportation modes (docks, airports, and rail sites) to obtain first hand knowledge of engineering principals and transportation systems.
Mr. Freeman Webber, Director
Ms. Cynthia Matlock, Asst.Director
Campbell Hall, Suite 401
1301 University Boulevard
Birmingham, AL 35294
Toll Free: 866-346-5339
The Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Services Program has the mission of providing technical and management assistance to disadvantaged business owners and women business entrepreneurs (WBE) interested in doing business with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT). The Program seeks to assure that DBE/WBE business are equipped with resources and the guidance needed to perform Alabama Department of Transportation contracts and compete in today’s competitive markets. The Program is located on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Each year the UAB/DBE Supportive Services conducts an on-site visit with each DBE firm in its coverage area. This coverage area includes the following counties: Walker, Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Calhoun, Clay, Randolph and Cleburne.
- Needs Assessment Forms are utilized in determining the training needs of the DBE firms
- Assist DBE firms in our coverage area with meeting their financial and management needs
- Assess the DBE firm’s progress in the Program
- Assist all newly certified DBE firms in our coverage area to develop a business plan
- Assist existing DBE firms with revising, reviewing or developing a business plan
- Conduct seminars and workshops to assist DBE firms with enhancing their business
The Alabama DBE Consortium 2nd Annual Awards Ceremony was held in Montgomery, AL, on March 10-13, 2009, during ALDOT’s 12th Annual Entrepreneurial Development Institute (EDI) Conference. We are proud to report that Wilkins Lawn Care was awarded Emerging DBE of the Year and Gulley’s Trucking, Inc. was awarded DBE of the Year. Both 2009 EDI Conference award winners were from Jefferson County.
Mr. Kenneth Walker, Director
Mr. Donald Mills, Assistant Director
The University of West Alabama
Division of Outreach Services
122 Guy Technical Complex, Station #35
Livingston, Alabama 35470
It is a pleasure to welcome you to The
University of West Alabama Disadvantaged
Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Services
Program. With more than 50 years of experience
in business development, contracting,
certification and minority business development
programs the staff at The University of West
Alabama is delighted to once again provide
Supportive Services through the Alabama
Department of Transportation (ALDOT) DBE
Our primary program mission is to provide technical assistance and training to enhance contracting activity within transportation related marketplaces in the Southwest and West Central Regions of ALDOT Supportive Services Coverage Areas. Our association with ALDOT’s DBE Supportive Service Program also offers direct access to The Small Business Administration (SBA) resources such as loan programs, business counseling, trainings and government procurement opportunities to include the ASBDC Network’s State Procurement Technical Assistance program and the services of the Alabama Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) Network.