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NEW DATE & TIME!! LEADING EDGE for Transportation - Denver

NEW DATES:  April 17 - June 12, 2019
NEW TIME: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Cost: $322.50 deposit. Thanks to a CDOT Scholarship, registration is now 50% off and there is a 100% reimbursement upon graduation so it could be totally FREE!
Location: Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (FREE parking!)
1445 Market St., Denver CO 80202

Register Today!  Registration provided by the Denver Metro SBDC. 

Have you been looking for a way to get your foot in the door and become a money-making CDOT contractor? Do you want to successfully perform on all types of government transportation contracts? The Connect2DOT LEADING EDGE for Transportation course is a nine-week course tailored to business owners in the highway design and construction industry. The course builds on the award-winning LEADING EDGE curriculum and was customized by industry experts to help you determine the best growth strategy for your business to successfully perform on projects with CDOT and other USDOT-funded contracts.

By the end of the course, you will have an actionable business development plan in place and a solid understanding of course topics - including strategic planning, construction and managerial accounting, prime contractor marketing, estimating and bidding, and project management. You will also receive recognition by the Colorado Transportation Commission, CDOT Project Managers, and Prime Contractors!

What to Expect:

  • Peer learning with a group of businesses in the transportation industry
  • One-on-one coaching from course facilitators and consultants
  • Nine 3-hour weekly workshops including small group exercises, guest speakers, roundtables, and graduation ceremony
  • Introduction to industry mentors and opportunities to connect with prime contractors, government agencies, and other resources
  • Insight and feedback on your business development plan, financials, 3-year cash flow projection, industry market analysis, competition and marketing approach 
  • Free registration to workshops (excluding QuickBooks) at the Denver Metro SBDC while enrolled, valued at over $400
  • To graduate and receive the reimbursement, you must attend 7 of 9 classes and submit a completed business plan and evaluation form


  • Primary line of business in highway design, construction, or other transportation-related industries
  • In business 2+ years 
  • Minimum of $100,000 in annual sales
  • May have employees or may be working alone but planning to hire
  • Able to provide a balance sheet, statement of cash flow, income statement, and quarterly profit and loss statements for the last 2 years
  • Eager to learn and committed to growing your business
  • Certified DBE/ESB/MWBE/SBE companies preferred but all small businesses are eligible

Note: Exceptions to eligibility will be made on a case-by-case basis. Please call (720) 624-6728 if you don't meet the requirements above but would like to attend. 

Questions: Contact Rob Rose at or call 303-620-8045.

"Thank you for making the Leading Edge for Transportation class interesting and informative, I learned so much from the course. When I started the class, I didn't have a business card, capabilities statement, business plan, SBDC consultant, CDOT prequalification, CDOT MPA, or a DBE certification to list a few. Now I do. In addition, I built so many connections and networks. Thank you for that." -M Kadir