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. 


Estimating Labor Costs

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.  

Estimating Material & Equipment Costs

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.   

Estimating Quantities​

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.  

How to Schedule a Project

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.  

Working with INDOT

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. 

Accounting & Bookkeeping

 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  

Contract Administration

 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.  

Managing your Business

 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.   

Marketing your Business

 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.