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LEADING EDGE for Transportation & Construction



Take your business to the next level! Join the elite group of graduates that have completed an interactive business planning course designed specifically for highway design and construction contractors. 

Offered by the Denver Metro SBDC and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), this 9-week course was built on the award-winning LEADING EDGE business planning curriculum and tailored by industry experts to help contractors determine the best growth strategy for their business. If you want to successfully perform on CDOT, City and County of Denver, RTD, and other government contracts, this is a great step to build capacity and gain the contacts that you need to win.

 In this program you will:

  • Create a Business Development Plan tailored to meet your business needs, goals, and objectives for growth.
  • Focus on increasing your business's capacity to successfully perform as a sub and prime contractor on government contracts.
  • Work one-on-one with experienced business advisors to reach your goals.
  • Gain an introduction to industry mentors and prime contractors and connect with community leaders, government agencies, and other resources.
  • Attend all other Denver Metro SBDC workshops for free during the program.
  • Receive preferential enrollment consideration in the CDOT Mentor-Protege Program.
  • Graduate with recognition from CDOT, prime contractors, and more!

Important Dates:

Registration Deadline       April 17

  Course Sessions April 17 – June 12, 2019 | Wednesday evenings | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


$650 $322.50
Thanks to a CDOT Scholarship, registration is 50% off. There is a 100% reimbursement upon graduation, so the class could be totally free! 

*Graduation Requirement: You must submit a business/strategy plan by two weeks after the course and attend at least eight of the nine classes to graduate.*

Register Here

"Thank you for making the Leading Edge for Transportation class interesting and informative, I learned so much from the course. When I started the class, I didn't have a business card, capabilities statement, business plan, SBDC consultant, CDOT prequalification, CDOT MPA, or a DBE certification to list a few. Now I do. In addition, I built so many connections and networks. Thank you for that."  -M Kadir

Contact Rob Rose at or call 303-620-8045 for questions.

Drops: Any drop must be done within the first week. You will receive almost a full reimbursement - $50 will say with the SBDC to cover hard costs. 


  • In business 2+ years (or equivalent industry experience)
  • Minimum of $100k in sales (for single practitioners on the consulting/professional services side, there may be exceptions)
  • May have employees or may be working alone but planning to hire
  • Able to provide a balance sheet, statement of cash flow, income statement and quarterly profit and loss statements
  • Eager to learn and committed to growing your business
  • Certified DBE/ESB/MWBE/SBE companies preferred

Meet the Facilitators: 

  • Cathy Kramer

    Cathy Kramer

    Program Manager

    CDOT Prequalification, Strategy, Certifications, Bidding

  • Jennifer Kurtz

    Jennifer Kurtz

    Business Consultant

    Business Planning, Strategic Growth, Technology, Government Procurement and Certifications, Marketing

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