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LEADING EDGE for Transportation - Colorado Springs

Dates: January 16 - March 12, 2020 (Thursday evenings)
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Cost: $200 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: Catalyst Campus
559 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Ste. 101
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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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!

Program Tracks:

  • Chart Your Course: Refocusing your mission, vision, goals, and core values.
  • Show Me the Money: Understand your financial position and forecasting cash flow projections for hiring, equipment acquisition, and expansion.
  • Marketing Magnetism: Successful marketing strategies for small businesses.
  • Mastering Government Contracting: Navigating certifications, target customers, bid opportunities, and the small business sweet spot for successful contractors.
  • Bidding to Win: Understanding how much to charge and using tools and tricks to create more accurate cost estimates (split session for A&E and construction)
  • Operational Efficiency: Improving systems and policies for HR, bonding, insurance, cybersecurity, and more.
  • Meet the Primes: Get the inside scoop on what primes are looking for and how you can stand out from the crowd during an exclusive panel discussion.
  • Business Plan Reinvented: Charge forward with a presentation of your business plan and receive 360-degree input from your coaches and peers.
  • Graduation! Celebrate your success with family, friends, and peers and get recognized by program hosts including CDOT, CO SBDC Network, and more!

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 Pikes Peak 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. 

What to Learn More?

Webinar Info Session: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 (10-10:30 AM) RSVP Here

In-Person Info Session: Thursday, January 2, 2020 (5:30-6:30 PM) RSVP Here