Assistance to Small and Disadvantaged Businesses

To enter into successful partnerships between OSDBU and chambers of commerce, community-based organizations, colleges and universities, community colleges, or trade associations, to establish regional Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRCs) to provide business assessment, technical assistance,
technical assistance referrals, business training, and the dissemination of information regarding DOT and DOT funded contracting opportunities, as well as OSDBU services to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business (SB) community in their regions.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: OSDBU grants are not project specific.

The program will continue to support business counseling, internships, education, conferences, seminars and workshops.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
United States Pan Asian American Chamber Of Commerce Education Foundation $ 135,000   2008-12-012009-11-30
University Of Missouri System $ 166,038   2008-07-012009-06-30
Miami Dade College $ 141,509   2008-07-012009-06-30
Miami Dade College $ 283,018   2007-07-012009-06-30
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: a.) Conferences: The SBTRCs participate in conferences to share resources and knowledge within/beyond the transportation learning community, communicating to the public the needs and contributions of transportation. Also, to build partnership linkages in order to promote transportation programs in a seamless manner. We estimate in FY17 the SBTRCs will participate in 205 conferences and provide procurement assistance to an estimated 3,600 DBEs. b.) Short-Term Lending Program (STLP) Workshops: The SBTRCs work with OSDBU?s STLP participating lenders to organize seminars and workshops on this accounts receivable financial access program that is available to eligible DBEs and small businesses. The seminars and workshops cover the entire STLP process, form completion of the STLP loan application and preparation of the loan package to approval and loan management. We estimate in FY17 the SBTRCs will conduct 65 workshops. c.) Bonding Education Program (BEP) The SBTRCs in partnership with Surety and Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) combine classroom instruction and one-on-one meetings with surety professionals to help small businesses obtain a bonding line and apply that capacity to transportation related projects. This effort is facilitated by DOT?s network of regional offices, the SBTRCs around the country, as program partners whose role is to provide outreach, logistics, technical assistance, and coordination for the local program efforts. In FY17 will estimate the SBTRCs will conduct 26 Bonding Education Programs in various cities across the country. d.) Women In Transportation Initiative An SBTRC created transportation-focused career awareness program designed to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The program also advances the development of professional potential by providing quality educational experiences, training, and employment opportunities to students interested in transportation related careers. Annually students are placed in internships with small businesses, federal, state, and local transportation agencies. The students gained valuable work experience to assist them in future career choices. We estimate in FY17 the SBTRCs will recruit 26 students to participate in the internship. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The OSDBU Regional SBTRCs provide business analysis, business counseling and coaching, market research, procurement assistance, serve as liaison between prime contractors and sub-contractors, assistance with access to capital, implement U. S. DOT?s Bonding Education Program, implement U. S. DOT?s Women In Transportation Initiative, and outreach to all small businesses to disseminate pertinent information that support the economic development of small business and DBEs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Established 501 C(6) tax-exempt Chambers of Commerce, Trade Associations and 501 C(3) nonprofit organization, community colleges, minority educational institutions, tribal colleges and universities that have the documented experience and capacity necessary to successfully operate and administer a coordinated, Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) within their regions.

Beneficiary Eligibility

For the purpose of this program, the term small businesses refers to: 8 (a), small disadvantaged business (SDB), disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE), women-owned small business (WOB), HubZone, service- disabled veteran-owned business, and veteran owned small business.


Must be an established 501 C(3) or 501 C(6) tax exempt organization and provide documentation as verification. No application will be accepted without proof of IRS tax exempt status. Have at least one year of documented and continuous experience prior to the date of application in providing advocacy, outreach, and technical assistance to small businesses within the region in which proposed services will be provided. Have an office physically located within the proposed city in the designated headquarters state in the region for which applicant is submitting the proposal that is readily accessible to the public. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants responding to a notice on must submit their applications electronically to OSDBU via

Award Procedures

Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel and selection will be made based upon the evaluation criteria included in the announcement. The Department of Transportation, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization will award the Cooperative Agreements.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


The Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, Title 49, Section 332, Public Law 95-507.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Selections for award are announced on All RFP announcements include a deadline for submission.


Not Applicable.


Awards will be re-competed at a minimum of every 3 years. OSDBU has the option to extend the grant beyond the 1st year for two additional option years, without re-competing the grant.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are generally made for a minimum of 12 months with 2 option years depended on performance and funds availability. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Obligated annually.

Post Assistance Requirements


Implementation Plan and Quarterly Reports; Implementation Plans are due within 30 days of the effective date of the Cooperative Agreement.

Quarterly Reports are due on the 15th day of the month after the quarter ends.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. DOT's Inspector General and the Comptroller General of the United States may at all reasonable times investigate and conduct audits in the offices of the recipient, all documents, papers, books and records, relevant to the execution and implementation of the conditions of this agreement.


Recipient is required to retain all documents, files, books, and records relevant to the execution and implementation of the conditions of this agreement for a period of not less than 3 years, except, if any litigation, dispute, exception, or audit is commenced, the records and other materials shall be retained until the litigation, dispute, exception, or audit is judicially or administratively made final.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $1,900,000; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Average of $150,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

DOT Code of Federal Regulations Parts 26 and 23 as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises; Public Law 95-507; Section 8,15, and 31 of the Small Business Act as amended; OMB 2 CFR 200; Title 49 Subtitle I, Chapter 3, Subchapter II Sec. 332, the Minority Resource Center.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Michelle Harris 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-2253 Fax: (202) 366-7228.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are rated on a numerical point scale using the following factors: Approach and Strategy; Linkages; Organizational Capability; Staff Capabilities and Experience; and Cost.

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