From bonding to bidding, free Ill. workshop aims to help contractors

Updated Feb 25, 2019


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The Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program will offer an Equipping Businesses for Success workshop in the Rockford area in February.

The tollway is in partnership with the Construction Business Development Center, GMA Construction Group and Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, for the free workshop.

It will help emerging and established construction firms learn how to participate on highway and vertical construction contracts, including the Illinois Tollway. The organizers hope to draw all types of contractors, including small, minority and veteran-owned businesses.

The workshop will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, at the Illinois Tollway Rockford Maintenance Facility, 7910 E. State Street. Businesses interested in participating are encouraged to register by Monday, February 25, as seating is limited.

Click here to register online.

Topics include:

  • Certification – Learn the certification process and how it may help your business
  • Bonding/insurance – Understand bonding and insurance general requirements
  • Small Business Set-Aside contracts – Discover available opportunities
  • Pricing – Learn key elements of how to effectively price your project
  • Bidding – Identify fundamental preparation and components of a strong bid

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The Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program offers firms “comprehensive, customized business development assistance to build financial understanding and business plans for increased stability and growth in the transportation-related construction industry,” a press release says.

Services are customized to the assessed strengths, challenges and needs of participating firms.

This includes education, guidance and feedback on general business and construction-specific operations, including strategic planning and assistance with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) pre-qualification application.

Programs are designed to prepare established transportation-related construction firms to participate as subcontractors and prime contractors on heavy highway and vertical construction contracts.

Contractors and other businesses participating in the program will receive guidance in gaining access to capital, back-office support, bonding, business management and operations, certification, gaining pre-qualification from the Illinois Department of Transportation and one-on-one coaching.