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NCDOT, Local College, Partner on New Business Meeting

​SYLVA – Small, women-owned and disadvantaged business owners wanting to learn how to compete for state transportation contracts are invited to attend a free workshop on Jan. 18 in Cherokee County.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is hosting another round of informational meetings aimed at disadvantaged businesses enterprises, which include small businesses and those companies run by minorities or women. Many small businesses may not be familiar with the letting and award process and how to become prequalified as a subcontractor.

The NCDOT is looking for more companies that can perform contract work such as mowing, roadside litter pickup, snow removal, traffic control, road construction and maintenance.

NCDOT is collaborating with Tri-County Community College for this event to be held from 6-8p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18 in Marble at the Cherokee County Center for Applied Technology, 2415 Airport Road. In addition, four prime contractors have been invited including Wright Brothers Construction.

Any business owner or representative wishing to attend should RSVP to Wesley Grindstaff at 828-631-1148 or In addition, reporters are welcome to come to the workshop and interview NCDOT officials and participants.

The department will adhere to COVID safety protocols such as social distancing and face coverings during the workshop. 

NCDOT’s Chief Engineer’s Office and the department’s Office of Civil Rights began organizing the quarterly outreach events last year for disadvantaged business enterprises. To learn more about the disadvantaged business enterprise outreach initiative, visit this NCDOT page.


1/13/2022 1:21 PM