Office of Civil Rights, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity & inclusion makes us stronger, as individuals and as an organization. We are committed to creating equitable processes and outcomes across our region.

DBE/small business technical assistance

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 Past Events:

WBEC Pacific is hosting several industry events on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the months of September and October. The series is open to corporations and will kick off on Sept. 14th.

Each session will begin at 1 p.m. with an industry outlook, an expert panel, followed by targeted matchmaking. Learn more

Upcoming Technical Assistance Class: 

Growing Your Business Through Certification

In partnership with the Tulalip Tribes Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO), Office of Minority & Women Business Enterprises (OMWBE), and Sound Transit, Two Rivers Community Development Corporation presents the Growing Your Business Through Certification Workshop. This event will be held on November 12, 2021 at Tulalip Tribe Tribal Employment Right Office (TERO) facility. This in-person workshop welcomes all native entrepreneurs to learn about the benefits of the different types of certifications that may be utilized on multi-agency projects. Register here! 

What is the Capacity Building Mentorship Program (CBMP)?

The WSDOT/Sound Transit Capacity Building Mentorship Program was created in response to the Governor's diverse business participation Results Washington Goals, as follows:  

  • Minority Business Enterprise 10%
  • Small Businesses 5%
  • Veteran-owned Businesses 5%
  • Women's Business Enterprise 6%

Capacity Building Mentorship Program (CBMP)

The program's mission is to support and build capacity for underrepresented firms in obtaining contracts aligned with their availability on transportation projects.

The Capacity Building Mentorship Program pairs successful prime contractors and prime consultants (mentors) with diverse businesses (protégés) wanting to do business on public works projects in Washington state.

How can I be part of the Capacity Building Mentorship Program (CBMP)?

Firms certified by the Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises, or registered as a small or veteran's businesses in Washington's Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) are eligible to participate in this program as Protégés.

To participate as a Mentor, you must have been a prime contractor or consultant with WSDOT and/or Sound Transit in the recent past. If you are interested in participating, please select the link below to apply.

Currently accepting applications for COHORT 5.

Applications will close on Sept. 30, 2021 | Apply

To learn about the Capacity Building Mentorship Program (CBMP) please contact the program administrator at: MBDA@cityoftacoma.org or call 253-591-5239 or visit the website.

Capacity Building Mentorship Program Updates: