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INDOT > Doing Business with INDOT > Economic Opportunity > Supportive Services Supportive Services

INDOT operates the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Services program in conjunction with its DBE program, which is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and administered by INDOT’s Economic Opportunity Division. As required by federal law, INDOT’s Supportive Services program promotes increased participation of DBEs on federally funded highway and bridge contracts. The primary purpose of the DBE Supportive Services program is to provide training, assistance, and services to firms that are certified in the DBE program within the State of Indiana.

The DBE Supportive Services program provides many excellent resources, including individual business assistance, intended to help DBEs excel and graduate from the DBE Program.  The program offers a variety of services and resources to facilitate the firms' development into viable, self-sufficient businesses that are capable of competing for and performing on federally assisted highway and bridge projects.

What INDOT DBE Supportive Services Provides

The Supportive Services program provides training and other assistance to Indiana based firms to assist those firms to become ready, willing and able to participate on INDOT highway and bridge projects.  The DBE Supportive Services program offers resources to facilitate the development of viable, self-sufficient businesses that are capable of competing for and performing on federally assisted highway contracts.  INDOT’s Entrepreneurial Development Institute (EDI) provides specialized management and related training to selected construction and design firms with potential for developing in highway and related construction markets.  The Statewide Indiana DBE Initiative (SINDI) provides DBEs and program eligible minority and women firms in construction and related fields the opportunity to learn more about how to do business with INDOT.  For more information about DBE Supportive Services programs, please contact the Supportive Services Manager. 

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Upcoming Events & Training

Access to Capital and Bonding Education Program is coming to EDI in 2016. The Great Lakes Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center is partnering with INDOT's Economic Opportunity Division to bring education to DBEs on access to capital and bonding.

DBE Bonding Education 

Statewide Indiana DBE Initiative (SINDI):

INDOT will provide three-day management, technology and construction workshops during June, July and August yearly in central, northern and southern Indiana to select Indiana-based heavy highway firms that have the desire to perform in heavy highway work with INDOT.

SINDI 2016

Don't miss an opportunity to Learn How To:

  • Do Business with INDOT
  • Apply for INDOT's DBE Certification
  • Market Your Firm
  • Give Effective Feedback to your Employees
  • Use Automated Spreadsheets to Measure Your Business Performance
  • Apply Problem-Solving Techniques
  • Dollarize Your Product or Service

Presented by W.C. Benton and Associates and sponsored by the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, SINDI (Statewide Indiana DBE Initiative) is a management and engineering education program for minority and women business owners in the construction industry.

For more information please contact Linda McHenry at 502-558-8182 or

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Contact Information

Taryn “Sissy” Guynn
Supportive Services
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN 750
Indianapolis, IN 46204