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FDOT Business Development Initiative

The Business Development Initiative (Initiative) is designed to support the Departmentís efforts to increase competition, lower prices, and increase support to meet its contracting needs over the next 10 years.  The Initiative is designed to provide more opportunities and support for small businesses to move from subcontracting and subconsulting to prime contracting and consulting roles.

The initial phase will be implemented in fiscal years 2006-07 and 2007-08, with the first six months using District Two as the pilot followed by the remaining districts in January 2007.  During this phase different strategies will be implemented to determine if they result in increased competition without adversely affecting the end product.  The strategies listed below are those that have been identified that would provide an opportunity for businesses who would not typically bid on DOT contracts.

  • Reserving construction, maintenance, and professional services contracts for small businesses.
    On professional services contracts
    the Department will provide preference points to small businesses and to consultants who utilize small businesses

  • Waiving performance and bid bond requirements for contracts under $250,000.

  • Using the modified qualification process instead of our standard prequalifiaction process for construction and maintenance projects

For more information please review the Business Development Initiative Plan or contact us


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For additional information, please email questions or comments to
Florida Department of Transportation ∑ Equal Opportunity Office
605 Suwannee Street
Mail Station 65 Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0450
Phone (850) 414-4747 Fax (850) 414-4879