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USDOT-OSDBU Mission 

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s (OSDBU) mission is to ensure Small Business policies and goals of the Secretary of Transportation are implemented in a fair, efficient and effective manner. OSDBU provides technical and financial assistance, including outreach and training services to the nation’s Small Business community in order to prepare them to compete and participate in federally funded contracts. 
 

Role of OSDBU Field Offices (SBTRCs)

In furthering this mission, OSDBU is home to the USDOT Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRCs), which serve as OSDBU's Field Offices located throughout the country. SBTRCs work closely with the transportation contracting community and technical assistance providers to serve businesses within the eleven SBTRCs regions located throughout the United States and its territories. Utilizing partnerships and industry expertise, SBTRCs provide business counseling that includes market research, certification, procurement and technical assistance, amongst others. SBTRCs also administer the U.S. DOT Bonding Education Program (BEP), Short Term Lending Program (STLP) and Women In Transportation Initiative (WITI).

SBTRC Services and Programs

SBTRCs provide an array of technical assistance and support services in an effort to build the capacity of Small and Disadvantaged Businesses, making the businesses more competitive when bidding on federally-funded contracts. In addition to executing the USDOT’s Bonding Education Program, Short Term Lending Program, and Women in Transportation Initiative, SBTRCs provide free business coaching, technical workshops and information on procurement opportunities to Small Businesses and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs).

Types of services provided by SBTRCs:  

  • Business Analyses and Counseling
  • Market Research and Procurement Assistance
  • Liaison between Prime Contractors and Sub-Contractors
  • Loan and Bond Assistance (STLP and BEP)
  • Women In Transportation Initiative (WITI)
  • Outreach to Small Businesses, SDBs, WOSBs, VOBs, SDVOSBs, HUB Zone, DBEs 

Find the SBTRC in your region

The U.S. DOT establishes agreements with chambers of commerce, trade associations, educational institutions and other business organizations to serve as SBTRCs. To find out what is going on in your region, please click on the SBTRC that covers your region listed below:

Type of Services Provided

  •     Business Analyses, Market Research
  •     General Management & Technical Assistance
  •     Business Counseling
  •     Planning Committees
  •     Outreach/Conference Participation
  •     Loan and Bond Assistance
  •     Women In Transportation Initiative

Eligible Small Businesses

  •     8(a) Firms
  •     Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE)
  •     Women Owned Small Business (WOB)
  •     HubZone
  •     Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB)
  •     Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB)

Washington D.C. Headquarters: 

OSDBU Regional Assistance Division:
Address:
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE - W56-444 
Washington, DC 20590 
 
Phone:
(202) 366-1930 
Updated: Monday, November 17, 2014