Technical Assistance Programs

Construction Business Development Center (CBDC)

The Construction Business Development Center (CBDC) is focused on developing flexible, customized training and technical assistance to provide small, minority- and women-owned firms in the construction industry with the skills and knowledge to help them grow and succeed.

The CBDC provides one-on-one support to help businesses compete for and win opportunities to participate as subcontractors and prime contractors on Tollway construction projects.

How It Works

1. Work directly with a Construction Business Specialist who will help create a business profile and action plan

2. Create an individualized Technical Assistance Plan:

  • Outline technical assistance components of your needs
  • Map individual progress toward your goals
  • Submit bid packets to the Tollway

Technical Assistance may include:

  • Finance and accounting
  • Insurance
  • Bonding
  • Estimating and bidding
  • Doing business with the Illinois Tollway
  • How to be successful as a subcontractor
  • Tools for technology
  • Project management
  • Safety and field operations
  • Business and marketing plan development

3. Provide customized technical assistance via one or a combination of:

  • Personalized assistance – typically done with a consultant or other entity that has a particular expertise
  • Seminars/workshops – could be individual or group offering with both classroom and online availability
  • Access to entities with particular expertise

For more information contact Project Director Lisa Zeigler at 708-709-3548.

Construction Coaching for Growth (CC4G)

The Tollway has forged an agreement with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to implement the Construction Coaching for Growth Program for small business owners specializing in heavy highway construction.

This program is designed to provide established small, minority- and women-owned construction businesses targeted training and direct, strategic business counseling in an effort to support and promote business growth and participation in Tollway contract opportunities.

Through participation in the four-month program, which includes one-on-one training and a series of group workshops, participants will develop a multidisciplinary framework to increase their competitiveness, drive revenue growth and profitability.

For more information, please visit http://www.ihccbusiness.net/construction-c4g/.