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General Business Assistance

The ICC Project Team provides consultation assistance to and referral resources for DBEs which address the following common concerns: insurance, bonding and financing; MDOT certification; training in the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA); completion of certified payrolls; estimating, bidding, and contracting procedures; marketing your firm for work on the ICC Project.

Certification by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)

All DBEs working on the ICC must be certified by the MDOT Office of Minority Business Enterprise. Applications for certification are available online at www.mdot.state.md.us, or they may be obtained from the Office of Minority Business Enterprise's administrative offices:

Maryland Department of Transportation
Office of Minority Business Enterprise
7201 Corporate Center Drive, P.O. Box 548
Hanover, Maryland 21076
Telephone: 410.865.1269 or 1.800.544.6056
www.mdot.state.md.us

The MDOT Office of Minority Business Enterprise is committed to expeditious processing of the applications for DBE status of firms interested in working on the ICC Project. To assure the most efficient handling of your application, please complete the application in its entirety prior to submitting it for review. Please feel free to contact the Office of Minority Business Enterprise for assistance.

The MDOT does not certify joint ventures as DBEs. It may certify certain partnership arrangements as a DBE.

Operation Guaranteed Help

In addition to certification of DBEs, the MDOT Office of Minority Business Enterprise also provides "emergency" assistance to MDOT-certified DBEs. MDOT-certified DBEs may request assistance in any area of business expertise by calling the DBE Hotline at 800.544.6056. The DBE will receive an initial response within 3 business days, and an appointment for further consultation will be made at that time, or shortly thereafter.

Governor's Office of Minority Affairs

To provide advice concerning the unique issues facing minority businesses, you may wish to contact the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs (OMA) for assistance. The Governor's Office of Minority Affairs may be reached at the following address:

Governor's Office of Minority Affairs
6 St. Paul Street, #1502
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
410.767.8232
www.mdminoritybusiness.com

The Governor's Office of Minority Affairs is the principal advocate for minority businesses in the State of Maryland. Its mission is to facilitate minority business enterprise activities through coordinating and promoting government programs aimed at strengthening and preserving the State's 200,000 minority- and women-owned businesses.

Governor's Office of Business Advocacy and Small Business Assistance

The Governor's Office of Business Advocacy and Small Business Assistance (GOBA), which is a part of the State Department of Business & Economic Development, provides personalized attention to business clients, acting as liaison, ombudsman, and problem-solver to identify and resolve business concerns quickly and efficiently. Through collaboration with other state departments and agencies, GOBA helps guide, stimulate and promote the development of small and minority businesses, and it assists in the development of small and minority business initiatives. GOBA may be reached at the following address:

Governor's Office of Business Advocacy and Small Business Assistance
217 East Redwood Street
10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
410.767.6300
www.choosemaryland.org

Entrepreneurial Development Institute

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) operates a federally-funded assistance program which is located at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. One course is provided each year at the University of Maryland's campus in Princess Anne, Maryland. DBEs in need of training in the areas of writing business plans; operations and human resources management; budget and payroll; technical math; planning and scheduling projects; construction estimating and bidding; as well as computer applications may contact the SHA's Office of Equal Opportunity at 410.545.0315 or 410.545.0325 for further information.

DBE Contractor Bonding and Financing

Access to capital and bonding have been identified as major barriers to DBEs in the conduct of their businesses. Our objective is to assist in the elimination of these barriers for MDOT-certified DBEs.

The US Department of Transportation Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

(OSDBU) offers a variety of programs to assist established small, disadvantaged, and women-owned firms to access the capital needed to participate in transportation contracts. OSDBU has joined state and local governments and the private sector in a cooperative effort to provide certified DBEs with enhanced access to capital, particularly through its Short Term Lending Program (STLP). The Short Term Lending Program may provide up to $750,000 in lines of credit to eligible DBE firms. Currently, STLP Participating Lenders in the Washington metropolitan area are:

Adams National Bank
1130 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC
Attn: Vice President for Commercial Lending
202.772.3721
www.adamsbank.com

Cardinal Bank
1776 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Attn: Vice President for Commercial Lending
202.331.3957
www.cardinalbank.com

For further information about OSDBU programs, including a complete list of STLP Participating Lenders, you may visit the OSDBU website at www.osdbu.dot.gov, or you may call OSDBU at 1.800.532.1169. For information specifically about the Short Term Lending Program, call 1.800.532.1169, and enter Extension 65343 or Extension 65337 as soon as the automated announcement begins. For information about OSDBU outreach programs and other information about OSDBU, call 1.800.532.1169, and enter Extension 65344 as soon as the automated announcement begins.

The Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority

The Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority (MSBDFA), which is managed by the Meridian Management Group, Inc., provides contract financing and surety bonding assistance to eligible firms to begin, continue, and complete work on State contracts. For more information, firms bidding on State contracts needing a bid, performance, or payment bond, or working capital, may contact:

Meridian Management Group, Inc. (for MSBDFA)
826 E. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410.333.4270 or 1.800.248.1960
www.mmggroup.com

Additional resource organizations for DBEs will be provided in the future.




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