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INDOT > Doing Business with INDOT > Economic Opportunity > Supportive Services Supportive Services

INDOT operates the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Services program in conjunction with its DBE program, which is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and administered by INDOT’s Economic Opportunity Division. As required by federal law, INDOT’s Supportive Services program promotes increased participation of DBEs on federally funded highway and bridge contracts. The primary purpose of the DBE Supportive Services program is to provide training, assistance, and services to firms that are certified in the DBE program within the State of Indiana.

The DBE Supportive Services program provides many excellent resources, including individual business assistance, intended to help DBEs excel and graduate from the DBE Program.  The program offers a variety of services and resources to facilitate the firms' development into viable, self-sufficient businesses that are capable of competing for and performing on federally assisted highway and bridge projects.

What INDOT DBE Supportive Services Provides

The Supportive Services program provides training and other assistance to Indiana based firms to assist those firms to become ready, willing and able to participate on INDOT highway and bridge projects.  The DBE Supportive Services program offers resources to facilitate the development of viable, self-sufficient businesses that are capable of competing for and performing on federally assisted highway contracts.  INDOT’s Entrepreneurial Development Institute (EDI) provides specialized management and related training to selected construction and design firms with potential for developing in highway and related construction markets.  The Statewide Indiana DBE Initiative (SINDI) provides DBEs and program eligible minority and women firms in construction and related fields the opportunity to learn more about how to do business with INDOT.  For more information about DBE Supportive Services programs, please contact the Supportive Services Manager. 

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Upcoming Events & Training

The statewide Indiana DBE Initiative (SINDI) is a statewide initiative that provides DBE firms and potential DBE firms with an opportunity to learn:

  • Major Projects going on in Indiana through the Indiana Department of Transportation are the Ohio River Bridges Projects (The East End Bridge), the Illiana Corridor, the I-69 expansion, the Milton-Madison Bridge, U.S. 31, Hoosier Heartland and many more. Where are you going to fit in?
  • How to develop your thinking skills so that you can make a difference in the bottom line.
    Many businesses fail because the owner cannot articulate a vision of the business’ mission and purpose.  Thinking is a critical component of conceiving and motivating a plan for business success.  You will learn how to become a “big picture” thinker and how to harness creative thinking.
  • How to increase your profitability by practicing proven business principles.

Certified DBEs and Non-certified Women and Minority Construction Owners should participate in SINDI.

2015 Boot Camp for EDI Graduates:

Date Title Time
June 26 Velocity: Business at the Speed of Light (Session 1) 6:00 PM - Midnight
June 27 Velocity: Session 2 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
July 10 Fill the Step with Technology 6:00 PM - Midnight
July 11 Fill  the Step: Session 2 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Sept. 11 Pushing the Limits 6:00 PM - Midnight
Sept. 12 Pushing the Limits: Session 2 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Hampton Inn & Suites Indianapolis - Airport
9020 Hatfield Drive
Indianapolis, IN. 46231

Statewide Indiana DBE Initiative (SINDI):

INDOT will provide three-day management, technology and construction workshops during June, July and August yearly in central, northern and southern Indiana to select Indiana-based heavy highway firms that have the desire to perform in heavy highway work with INDOT.

SINDI 2015

Don't miss an opportunity to Learn How To:

  • Do Business with INDOT
  • Apply for INDOT's DBE Certification
  • Market Your Firm
  • Give Effective Feedback to your Employees
  • Use Automated Spreadsheets to Measure Your Business Performance
  • Apply Problem-Solving Techniques
  • Dollarize Your Product or Service

All sessions are schedules from 4:00pm - 8:00pm in 3 Indiana Locations
Hammond, IN. June 11, 18 & 25
New Albany, IN. July 8, 15 & 28
Indianapolis, IN. July 9, 16 & 30

Presented by W.C. Benton and Associates and sponsored by the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, SINDI (Statewide Indiana DBE Initiative) is a management and engineering education program for minority and women business owners in the construction industry.

For more information please contact Linda McHenry at 502-558-8182 or

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Contact Information

Taryn “Sissy” Guynn
Supportive Services Manager
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN 750
Indianapolis, IN 46204