3. DBE/small business technical assistance

Sound Transit's Business & Labor Compliance Office believes in leveling the playing field for all qualified consultants and contractors. It is our mission to help develop emerging and established Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and small businesses (SBs) so they can successfully compete on Sound Transit contracts. The agency's 25-year capital expansion program means the time to build DBE/SB capacity is now.

Through a needs assessment survey and interviews with primes, small businesses, internal staff and business organizations, we have identified training topics and other training considerations. The Business & Labor Compliance Office has also identified partnering opportunities for select trainings and agency-specific trainings hosted by Sound Transit.

Sound Transit's technical assistance program focuses on providing trainings that are meaningful and applicable to our contracts. Our trainings also offer valuable networking to help DBE/SBs build their network of associates.

Capacity Building Mentorship Program

Sound Transit has partnered with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) on a Capacity Building Mentorship Program that began in  April 2019. This is a re-launch of WSDOT’s Mentor/Protégé Program which began in July 2018.

The Capacity Building Mentorship Program’s intent is to foster a more competitive environment for project delivery by building a broader base of certified Minority, Small, Veteran, and Women Business Enterprises (MSVWBE), and disadvantaged businesses that are able to perform work on transportation-related projects. Visit the program FAQs to learn more.