December 31, 2015

Supportive Services

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Civil Rights Division
TDOT Supportive Services​
Small Business Development Program


2017 TDOT DBE Small Business Annual Meeting

Links to Presentation Slides

Updates on Legal Issues For Small Business Owners by Matt Devries and Brian Neal, Burr-Forman, LLP

Doing Business with USDA by Yvonne Stevenson, USDA

TDOT Consultant Engineer Selection Process by Jennifer Lloyd, TDOT Dir. Roadway Design & Aerial Surveys

TDOT Region 4 Construction Activity Overview by Mike Welch, TDOT Region 4 Director of Operations

How DO I Become Your Chosen: Tips for Subcontractor and Consultants by Dewayne Scott, President, SRS, Inc.

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Coming soon …  photos of the 2017 TDOT DBE Small Business Annual Meeting



Link to Business Opportunities:

State of Tennessee Procurement Information      TDOT Construction Letting             TDOT Consultant Engineer-RFI     

Federal Spending                                     FedBizOpps  

Nashville International Airport            Memphis International Airport        Chattanooga Airport         McGhee Tyson Airport (Knoxville)

Metro-Nashville Procurement             City of Memphis Purchasing          City of Chattanooga         City of Knoxville Purchasing  

Knox County TN Procurement            Shelby County TN Procurement     Hamilton County TN Solicitations

City of Clarksville TN Bids                  City of Jackson TN Purchasing   


TDOT Small Business Development Program                    DBE Newsletters                    DBE Seminars
       other Interesting links          Instructional “How To” Slides


The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Civil Rights Office contracted with Tyler Construction Engineers, P.C. (TYLER) to provide DBE firms with management and technical supportive  services assistance statewide. This assistance is provided at no cost to TDOT’s DBE firms.   TYLER will host a variety of workshops, networking sessions and provide one-on-one assistance on an appointment basis. All seminars, workshops and meetings are open to certified TDOT DBEs, to those firms seeking TDOT DBE program certification, to TNUCP DBE-certified firms who hold (or are bidding on) TDOT contracts, and to prime contractors doing business with TDOT.​

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The DBE-SS Program provides training and business assistance services to TDOT-certified DBEs. The benefit of DBEs participating in the activities of this program can help facilitate their development into viable, self-sufficient organizations capable of competing for, and performing on Federally-assisted highway projects.
​If you are interested in additional information on the services offered by the DBE-SS Program or if you are a Prime Contractor seeking quotes from certified DBE firms, please contact supportive services toll free 1.888.385.9022 or email at​.​

Program Services Available to DBEs

​General Services   ​Business Assistance ​Technical Assistance ​

New DBE Orientation

DBE Needs Assessments

How to Do Business with DOT

How to Do Business with Federal

​Bid Notifications

DBE Access Newsletter

Seminars and Workshops

Networking Opportunities

DBE Annual Meeting

Business Plan Assistance

Accounting Training

Financial Analysis

Human Resource Training

Info-Tech Assistance

Loan Packaging Assistance

Bond Packaging Assistance

Marketing Plan Assistance​

Cost Estimating Training

Bid Preparation Methods

Project Scheduling

Contract Plans Reading

Construction Specifications Reading

Cash Flow Planning

Project Management

Project Cost Accounting

​Business Development Program 

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) also contracted with TYLER to develop and administer TDOT’s newest effort, the Business Development Program. This is a voluntary program designed to evaluate and provide a structured process for DBEs to receive firm-specific training and guidance to assist in their growth and competitiveness within the transportation industry. The program will provide each DBE firm with a full detailed business operations assessment, structured one-on-one training based on their business assessment, and a host of other opportunities to increase their competitiveness in the construction industry. Firms who are interested in the Business Development Program must complete the Needs Assessment (required for all DBE firms seeking Supportive Service assistance) and must be construction services, engineering or a material supplier to the highway construction industry.

Services includes:

Detailed Business Assessments

Management & Technical Training Action Plan

Strategic Marketing And Business Development Training

Accounting  Software System Customization  & Training

Leadership Development Coaching

​Employee Manual Development

Spreadsheet Cost Estimating

Detailed Bid Proposal Training

Project Management Development

Teaming/ Joint-Venture Assistance ​

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​TYLER has more than a decade of experience encouraging and assisting small minority and women-owned business in the engineering and construction industry. TYLER dedicated itself on providing responsive, timely professional management and technical services to maximize small businesses’ long-term viability, competitive capacity, and profitability.

Victor C. Tyler, P.E.,  Cost & Pricing Expert / Lead A/E/C Management Consultant
Marshall TabbProgram Manager, Financial Specialist / Leadership Development
Curtis WebbStrategic Marketing Expert / Business Development
Ericka  L. Hayes, CPAStrategic Business Consultant / Business Plan Specialist
​Jay B. Mercer, E.A., QuickBooks Pro-advisor / Small Business Tax Specialist
Sandra T. WebbQuickBooks Pro-advisor Trainer / Certified Payroll Consultant
​Teresa C. Daniel, PHRHuman Resource Consultant / Leadership Development
Our consultants are ready and waiting to assist you with ANY question you have! Have a nagging HR question that has been on your mind? Want to set up a job cost accounting system for your company but don’t know the first step? Want to diversify your business but not sure which direction to take? Want to know the easiest and best ways to maximize your estimating and bidding resources? We are here for you! ​

Our consultants are a valuable resource with a vast range of knowledge and expertise.

– Need advice on how to get your business to the next level?
– Having trouble navigating the right way to diversify your company?
– Need to change your sales strategy but not sure how?
– You need additional training on bid estimating or project budget developing?
– All at no cost to TDOT certified DBEs.

​The answers are at your fingertips with Consultants on Call. It’s that easy! Please contact supportive services toll free 1.888.385.9022 or email at​.​​






















******     2016 TDOT DBE Small Business Annual Meeting Presentation Slides   *****

Cash Flow and the Related Business Impact by Greg Alford – MARCUM LLP.pptx

2016-08 TDOT DBE Contract Law – Matthew DeVries – Burr Forman LLP.pdf

TDOT DBE – Employment – Brian Neal and Matthew DeVries with Burr Forman LLP.pdf

DBE Abuse by Jeffery Burnett-Office of Inspector General.pdf

DBE Fraud by Pamela Kordenbrok – FHWA.pdf

TDOT DBE Goal Information – David Neese – TDOT Civil Rights Division.pdf

TDOT_Contracting_and_Payment_Process by Will Reid – TDOT Construction Division.pdf

  Link to The Uberization of Small Business – Dr. Sybril Brown (Dr. Syb)​



Prime Contractors Seeking DBE Quotes October 2017 Letting