Technical Assistance Program

Program Goal

The Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program is designed to prepare emerging and established transportation-related construction and professional engineering services firms, including small, diverse and veteran-owned businesses to participate on highway and vertical construction contracts.

Program Overview

Our technical assistance providers are available to help construction firms and professional engineering firms interested in working on transportation-related planning and construction projects.

Participants receive comprehensive, customized business development assistance to build financial understanding and business plan development for increased business stability and growth in the transportation-related construction industry. Services are customized to the assessed strengths, challenges and needs of participating firms.

Programs are either self-paced (participants determine how quickly the program is completed) or cohort-based (a group setting that invites a collaborative learning environment). In addition, providers offer support to help firms grow their businesses through networking events and creating partnerships on future contracts, including the Tollway’s Partnering for Growth Program.


The Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program offers construction firms guidance and feedback on general business and construction-specific operations including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Estimating
  • Assistance with IDOT pre-qualification applications
  • Post-award services

Professional Engineering Services

The Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program offers professional engineering services firms guidance and feedback on general business and engineering-specific operations including:

  • Statement of Interest preparation
  • Post-award services

Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program providers offer a range of services for businesses in areas across the Tollway system. These providers manage programs targeted to regional needs and objectives.

  • Inner City Underwriting Agency, Inc.
  • Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC)




Application Requirements

  • Transportation-related firms – heavy-highway, vertical or professional services. 
  • A minimum of three years in business 
    • Firms who are in the initial phase of business (less than 2 years of experience) are considered “start- ups” and will be provided the resources of the Illinois Small Business Development Center network. 
    • Firms whose owners have more than 5 years of experience in similar construction or professional engineering field may be considered on a case by case basis. 
    • Minimum of $100,000 annual gross revenues. 
    • Experience in bidding – prime or subcontractor. 
  • Ability to obtain bonding. 
  • Cooperate with the application, assessment and Technical Assistance Plan and respond to inquiries with documentation and information as requested. In particular, it is critical that participant firms can commit that staff will consistently participate in any cohort or training curricula through to completion.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in economic growth, business development and training activities as recommended by the TA vendor.




How to Get Involved

  1. Submit a completed Technical Assistance Program application to a preferred program provider.
  2. An assessment will be conducted by the provider to determine applicant’s needs and review program guidelines.
  3. A technical assistance plan will be developed to assist participants with business needs.

Applicants who do not meet program criteria will be referred to other resources.