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How to Do Business with Transportation Agencies: Colorado Small Business Collaboration Conference

Join us for the first annual How to Do Business with Transportation Agencies: Colorado Small Business Collaboration Conference! This will be a full day of learning and networking with Regional Transportation District (RTD), Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), City & County of Denver (Denver), and Denver International Airport (DEN), along with prime contractors and consultants in the transportation industry.

The conference will feature guest speakers from each of the represented agencies. You'll get a combined perspective on the similarities and differences in contracting with the agencies.

Date: September 21, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Cost: $30 includes breakfast and lunch (scholarships available for qualified firms), $250 prime contractor exhibitor booth
Location: PPA Event Center
2105 Decatur Street
Denver, CO 80211

The exhibitor hall will be packed full of prime contractors, prime consultants, and statewide resource partners. Check out the agenda below and register will go fast!

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Event Sponsorships are available. Please call 303-592-5465 or email for more information.

Exhibitor Display Tables are available for primes and general contractors. Please click the link for general registration and choose the Exhibitor Table ticket type.


7:30am – 8:00am: Registration Check-in & Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 8:30am: Special VIP Guest Opening Session/Remarks


8:40am – 10:00am: Doing Business with the Agencies - Learn how to identify opportunities with each of the agencies and discover the tools and resources you need to get connected.

10:10am – 11:00am: Understanding Your Contract & Negotiation Strategies - Small businesses often fall victim to contract language and terms that don't make sense and end up costing money. You'll learn about common contract pitfalls and identify key contract clauses in each of the agency's contracts. This workshop will also review tools for contract negotiation for subcontractors.

11:10am – 12:00pm :Making Sense of Certifications - Gain an understanding of the various small business certifications available CDOT, City & County of Denver, and RTD. This workshop will review the basic requirements and benefits of each certification to help you identify which certification is right for your business.


12:00pm – 1:00pm: Agency Perspectives on The Future of Transportation from Agency Executives
1:00pm – 1:40pm: Visit the Exhibitor Hall


1:45pm – 3:30pm: From Certification to Contracts - Marketing to Win - Many small businesses get certified but don't know how to turn it into contracts. This workshop will guide you through some of the best approaches to marketing your firm to prime contractors. You'll learn about tactics used by successful subcontractors to target business development activities, get on bidding teams, and build long-term relationships with primes.

1:45pm – 3:30pm: Compliance is Good Business - This workshop will review common compliance principles that apply to government agencies receiving federal transportation funding. The workshop will introduce compliance requirements under Title VI, the Department of Labor and Davis Bacon Related Acts (DBRA), and for the DBE program, including goals, commercially useful function, prompt payment, workforce, and on the job training. Agency staff will provide materials to help you understand the process each agency uses to enforce these requirements.

3:40pm – 4:30pm: Qualifications-Based Selection, Insurance & Establishing Reasonable Rates - The workshop will introduce agency selection requirements under the Brooks Act and Colorado's “Mini Brooks Act” (CRS § 24-30-1401 et seq.) and explain how it impacts your firm during selection. Agency staff will discuss their process for establishing a reasonable rate, as required by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and discuss their insurance requirements for professional services firms.

3:40pm – 4:30pm: Bonding for Construction - This workshop focuses on what surety bonds are and the various types of surety bonds, how to begin the process of obtaining a bond, the role of the agent/producer and underwriter, the pre-qualification process, the costs of bonding, and how to develop a surety bond relationship. This workshop will provide resources on bonding and financial support programs that can assist emerging contractors.