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DOT earns A+ for Small Business support

Last Friday, the Small Business Administration announced that, in Fiscal Year 2013, the federal government reached a key goal for the first time in eight years, with agencies awarding 23.5 percent of their contracts to U.S. small businesses.

Here at DOT, we're proud to be a leader among those agencies, earning a grade of "A+" on our annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard.  In fact, we nearly doubled the federal average by awarding more than 43 percent of our procurement contracts to small businesses.

Photo of Secretary Foxx, OSDBU Director Brandon Neal and Symmetra executives
Secretary Foxx and OSDBU Director Brandon Neal with small business executives

Much of the credit for this achievement goes to our Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), which provides a range of support to help small businesses compete more effectively within the transportation industry. As OSDBU Director Brandon Neal said, "It's one thing to say that small businesses are America's 'engines of growth' and 'job creators;' it's another to give those economic engines the opportunity to do what they do best. We're happy to have been able to do that year after year..."

Mentorship, Careers, and Empowerment: Ladders of Opportunity

Last Monday, I spoke to a large group – many of them high school and college students of color – gathered at DOT Headquarters for a day of “Mentorship, Careers, and Empowerment: Ladders of Opportunity for Young Men of Color.” The event was held by our Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (we call it OSDBU, for short), and the students were here to be matched with mentors and to learn about new careers or--perhaps--even land an internship.

Photo of D.O.T.'s James Cole mentoring students

Small Entities

This section of our Web site is particularly intended to provide small entities with information to help them effectively participate in DOT's rulemaking process and implement any final rules that apply to them. 

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