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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s (LADOTD) Business Development Program (BDP) provides tailored training and technical assistance to DBE firms who are actively seeking highway construction projects and those that exhibit the highest potential to successfully bid on these projects. As the program consultant for DBE Supportive Services in Region A, SJB DBE Supportive Services will administer the BDP program on behalf of the LADOTD for selected firms.

The BDP is a two-year business and workforce development program designed to assist in strengthening the business, financial, and technical capacity of DBE firms who have the highest potential to effectively bid, compete, and perform on highway construction projects. In addition, the BDP seeks to assist participating firms in expanding their ability to compete in the marketplace on projects outside of the DBE program. The program provides traditional supportive services to selected DBEs, including:

  • One-on-one and small group advising sessions

  • Capacity-building coaching

  • Technical assistance

  • Strategic business planning

  • Access to market- and industry-specific resources such as bonding and insurance resources



WHO: Existing DBE Owners

WHAT: A two-year, in-depth business development curriculum

BONUS: Participants will have opportunities to network with industry leaders and experts



Each DBE owner must commit to the two-year, in-depth business development curriculum. Only the owner of each participating firm is eligible to participate. The admission to the program is not transferrable and individuals who are not the owner are not permitted to attend.

As a part of the BDP, participants will also have opportunities to network with industry leaders and experts. Many sessions will include guest speakers and representatives from the LADOTD, as well as, other statewide procurement professionals.

For classes held online via webinar, participants will be sent a registration link for each session. All in-class trainings will be held at SJB Group, LLC, 8377 Picardy Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70809, or other specified location. The BDP schedule is subject to change and may be modified at the discretion of the SJB Group DBE Supportive Services and the LADOTD.


In order to participate, DBE firms must apply. Selected firms must be highly motivated and actively pursuing highway-related work. Selected firms must:

  • Be a certified LAUCP DBE firm.

  • Demonstrate high interest in doing business with LADOTD.

  • Commit to the 2 Year Business Development Curriculum.

  • Commit to one-on-one and small group advising sessions.

  • Complete a Strategic Business Development Plan.


*For questions regarding the eligibility criteria, please contact SJB DBE Supportive Services at


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