Sound Transit's Office of Civil Rights, Equity and Inclusion 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 and state of good repair projects 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 Office of Civil Rights, Equity and Inclusion has also identified partnering opportunities for select trainings and agency-specific trainings hosted by Sound Transit.
Sound Transit also partners with other organizations such as the USDOT Small Business Transportation Resource Center- Northwest Region and the Minority Business Development Agency-Tacoma Business Center to sponsor technical assistance opportunities.
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.
Technical Assistance Programs Updates:
Upcoming Technical Assistance Class:
- 2021 Regional Contracting Forum, Sept. 22, 2021
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 to perform work on transportation-related projects.
For more information about the Capacity Building Mentorship Program, visit the Capacity Building Mentorship Program's website.
Capacity Building Mentorship Program Updates:
- Capacity Building Mentorship Program | Program Update | June 2020
- Capacity Building Mentorship Program | Participant Directory | March 2020
- Capacity Building Mentorship Program | Quarterly Update | February 2020
- Capacity Building Mentorship Program | Quarterly Update | June 2019
- Capacity Building Mentorship Program | FAQ | March 2019