ADOT to hold Small & Disadvantaged Business Transportation Expo

PHOENIX – An upcoming event in Glendale will provide tips and tools for small businesses wishing to compete for contracts under the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program.

The DBE & Small Business Transportation Expo, offered in conjunction with the Phoenix Public Transit and Street Transportation departments, Valley Metro and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, is scheduled for 7 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 14, at Glendale Civic Center.

The program allows qualifying businesses to learn about project opportunities, network with industry professionals and business owners, and hear from transportation leaders including featured speaker ADOT Director John Halikowski. Two panel discussions will help smaller firms better position themselves to win contracts, and participants can network throughout the event.

ADOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program helps qualifying small businesses compete for contracts. The companies must be owned by individuals from socially and economically disadvantaged groups, including women and minorities.

To register for this free event, please visit

Although the expo is geared toward Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and small businesses, it’s open to all businesses, public agencies, vendors and community partners with an interest in the transportation industry.

For more on the Expo or ADOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, please contact the ADOT Business Engagement and Compliance Office at 602.712.7761 or visit