What is the training about and why should I attend these courses?
DBE training courses offer disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) training and support by experienced professionals in the construction industry.
If you are a DBE this program is designed by contractors who have been where you are now. They have put together a comprehensive course to help you get started or improve what you are already doing.
After discovering how to accurately calculate labor and equipment costs for their operations, participants will learn how to incorporate these costs into quantities of unit items. A discussion of Federal prevailing wages (Davis Bacon) is also scheduled.
While examining INDOT standard plans and specifications, participants will learn how to properly estimate material costs for a typical project. Using proven methods, overhead cost allocations will be covered with special attention given to unit costing.
Participants will learn effective takeoff technique and verification of unit quantities. Instruction includes example exercises. Tips, techniques and methods of estimating road construction, stationing as a takeoff tool and Linear and item category identification are included.
Participants will learn proper techniques for project schedule creation. Participant is to complete a construction schedule derived from a unit cost estimate. Items covered will include planning and developing the project schedule, bar charts, basic critical path method and INDOT scheduling performance requirements.
General topics for INDOT procedures covered in the introductory workshop are to be expanded in greater detail. To provide contractors better tools, a thorough review of online resources are included. INDOT structure, as well as requirements for working with INDOT are covered.
Attendees will learn techniques for efficiently managing a small construction business. Topics to be included are business plan development, growth and cash flow management, bonding and lending strategies
Contracting with INDOT involves proper contract administration procedures. We will highlight the most important of these including payroll requirements, equal opportunity compliance Contractor’s Performance Report, Fuel and asphalt adjustments and INDOT procedures on billing and payments.
A contractor’s approach to basic managerial accounting will be included. Participants are to learn techniques for key decision making principals using basic financial reports. Relationships between periodic financial reporting data and daily financial management will be shown.
Learn how to brand your company, design a website and develop a Capability Statement. Understand that costs are not a direct expense but can be good will. Understand community involvement and the positive effect. How to market your business in an indirect way.