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Compliance and Business

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mr. Freeman Webber, Director
Email: freeweb@uab.edu

Ms. Cynthia Matlock, Asst.Director
Email: cmatlock@uab.edu

Campbell Hall, Suite 401
1301 University Boulevard
Birmingham, AL 35294

Phone: 205-934-8889
Toll Free: 866-346-5339
Fax: 205-934-8540

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.

Program Goals

  • 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.