Minority business industry news + events

25 Feb 2020 8:01 AM | Ricardo Cabrera

Upcoming Industry Info + Events

Aerospace Day at The Colorado State Capitol | March 10 (Denver)

Enjoy a full day of networking and dialogue with our Colorado Legislators discussing how Colorado became one of the largest space economies per capita in our nation and how they can effectively support aerospace in our state.

RTD Upcoming Opportunities For Small/Disadvantaged Business Enterprises | February 26 (Denver)

Come and learn about RTD’s upcoming opportunities in construction and facility maintenance of RTD’s infrastructure while networking with other small business owners and primes. Speakers include RTD personnel from Facilities and Maintenance, Procurement, and Civil Rights/Small Business Office.

CDOT Demystifying DBE Work Codes, Counting, GFE & CUF | March 10 (Denver)

Are you a prime contractor who needs to be in compliance with DBE regulations when you subcontract to DBEs? CDOT's Lead Certification Specialist will demystify the various DBE acronyms associated with compliance and help you understand key elements of the DBE program.

Bridging The Gap To Success @ Denver 2020 2nd Quarter | March 11 (Denver)

Are you a small business looking to offer your services to the City and County of Denver? Here's your chance! Please come to the next Citywide outreach event where small businesses will have the opportunity to talk with agency representatives about upcoming 2nd quarter solicitations (April 2020-June 2020).

AGC Make The Connection With Gilmore Construction | February 25 (Denver)

As a Minority/Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) firm here is your opportunity to connect with the team from Gilmore Construction Corporation, AGC and the AGC Diversity Committee for this Networking Open House Series 

Are You DBE Certified? Add CDOT ESB Certification and Get Access to More Opportunities | March 19 (Denver)

Most certified DBEs are also eligible for the CDOT Emerging Small Business (ESB) certification. The standards are similar but the size standard is 50% of the DBE program. Adding this certification to your DBE certification can open up new opportunities to help you grow your business.

The Opportunity Council Presents Perfect Your Sales Pitch | March 19 (Denver)

All businesses are invited to join The Opportunity Council and Elizabeth Suarez for an educational workshop on how to perfect your sales pitch. Participant's names will be drawn and the selected persons will be able to pitch a room full of other businesses, corporations, small businesses and government entities. Contestants are able to win $500!

National Small Business Development Center Day & Evening Reception | March 19 (Denver)

SBDC Day is a national, collective proclamation of the success and impact America’s SBDCs have across the nation in economic development and the small business community. The Colorado SBDC will be continuing the celebration with an evening reception honoring its success stories. Join us as we celebrate SBDC! Food will be provided.

Colorado Employee Ownership Loan Pilot Program

The Office of Economic Development & International Trade, in partnership with Colorado Housing & Finance Authority launched the Colorado Employee Ownership Loan Pilot Program. Funds from the program are designed to offset transition costs, specifically defined as technical assistance for Colorado businesses converting to an employee ownership structure. Click here to learn more and apply.

Contracting Opportunities


-Request for Proposal (RFP) No. 120FH001

is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide Public Transportation Services Group 30 for Fixed Route Bus Service. For this Contract, RTD has specified a DBE goal of Five percent (5%) for the work to be performed. Written proposals will be received by Contracts and Procurement, RTD, 1660 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202-1399 until 3:00 p.m. prevailing local time on March 25, 2020.


-Request for Proposal (RFP) No. 120DH002

is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide Executive Search Services. Written proposals will be received by Contracts and Procurement, RTD, 1660 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202-1399 until 3:00 p.m. prevailing local time on March 09, 2020Linda.wells@rtd-denver.com

Denver Water:

Contract or Solicitation Number:504365

Solicitation Description:

Denver Water is soliciting statements of qualifications from consultants interested in providing consulting services for ICS design architecture review and development of a plan for implementation and migration. 

For more information and solicitation documents please go to Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System.

Due Date:

March 20, 2020

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