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LEADING EDGE™ for Transportation & Construction

Connecting Businesses to CDOT Opportunities



Get prepared to work on the $1.2 billion CDOT Central 70 Project! We invite small businesses in the highway construction industry to participate in a highly customized, interactive business planning course that will set you up for success. For the first time ever, this program can be FREE for you thanks to the CDOT scholarship program. 

LEADING EDGE for Transportation & Construction is an eight-week course presented by 
 designed to help business owners in highway design and construction how to become more competitive and successful in the transportation industry. The course is designed to help you determine the best growth strategy for your business to successfully perform on projects with the CDOT and other USDOT-funded contracts. By the end of the course, you will have an actionable business development plan in place and a solid understanding of course topics - including strategic planning, construction and managerial accounting, prime contractor marketing, estimating and bidding and project management. 


What to Expect:

  • Peer learning with a group of construction contractors in the transportation industry

  • One-on-one coaching from course facilitators and consultants

  • Eight three-hour weekly workshops including small group exercises and guest speakers (including CDOT Central 70 puruit team members)

  • Introduction to industry mentors and opportunities to connect with prime contractors, community leaders, government agencies and other resources

  • Feedback on your business development plan 


  • Free registration to workshops (excluding QuickBooks I) at the Denver Metro SBDC while enrolled

  • One year subscription to the Bid Express Small Business Network, valued at $2,200

  • Automatic eligibility and entry into the upcoming CDOT Mentor-Protege program

  • Entry into the Colorado SBDC Annual Business Plan Competition with cash prizes for top awardees

  • Invitation to an exclusive Meet & Greet event for LE graduates with the CDOT Central 70 Project Developer (fall 2017)


A 50% scholarship is offered to eligible businesses who register/pay before March 15. A 50% tuition reimbursement will be provided to firms who graduate and attend at least 7 our of 8 sessions, actively participate in course discussion and complete assignments and submit a business development plan.

Important Dates:

                    Info Session

  Registration Deadline       Registration Closed

  Course Sessions TBD

  Graduation TBD

Contact Olivia Rollene at or call 303-620-8076 for questions about the program and upcoming dates.


Standard Program Fee - $645.00

SPECIAL Early Bird Pricing
 - $322.50

*Those who attend at least seven our of eight session and turn in a business plan will be reimbursed the rest of the cost

Location & Parking:

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
1445 Market St., 5th floor
Denver, CO 80202

The Denver Metro SBDC offers discounted valet parking for $6 through P.F. Changs valet service.

Meet the Facilitator: 

Sponsored by:

Jennifer Kurtz

  Jennifer Kurtz