Business Diversity Programs

NTTA is committed to ensuring participation of D/M/W/SBEs in the NTTA’s procurement process and contracting. In January 2010, the NTTA Board of Directors adopted the Disadvantaged, Minority, Women-Owned and Small Business Enterprises Policy, also known as the Authority’s diversity policy.
The diversity policy incorporates the policies, objectives and requirements of state and federal laws relating to procurement and contracts and outlines the specific programs established by the NTTA to ensure participation of D/M/W/SBEs in NTTA procurement opportunities.

The BDD will use the SBE listing located online.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program Small Business Enterprise Program

Communication and support of NTTA’s business diversity process initiatives by entities that represent or promote D/M/W/SBE interests are crucial elements to a viable and inclusive SBE business process effort. Consequently, the NTTA’s Business Diversity Department has formalized efforts to ensure communication and participation by external D/M/W/SBE-related entities in order to maximize the NTTA’s D/M/W/SBE identification and solicitation efforts. Through various activities, the department is committed to encouraging diverse vendor participation.

Vendor Outreach Symposium – To increase its outreach efforts and to market contracting opportunities to the public, the NTTA hosts a Vendor Outreach Symposium (VOS) each quarter to provide information about upcoming projects. The event is a traveling road show and a one-stop outreach for prospective vendors. Participants have the opportunity to meet staff from various NTTA departments and various certification entities that provide information about how to become DBE- or M/WBE-certified. To learn more about these symposiums or if you have any questions, please email vendoroutreach@ntta.org.

Business Chat Sessions – Proprietors of disadvantaged, minority-owned, woman-owned or small business enterprises who are interested in doing business with the NTTA and who wish to promote their businesses and network are welcome to attend monthly Business Chat Sessions. NTTA staff explains the bidding process and highlights upcoming procurement opportunities with various NTTA departments. The Business Chat Sessions are designed to provide an informal setting for vendors to meet with key decision makers at the NTTA and share information about their respective companies. In addition, the Business Chat Sessions allow NTTA staff to present information to vendors in a manner that is tailored to the vendors’ specific industries.

Relationships and Opportunities Advancing Diversity Program – The ROAD Program seeks to promote and facilitate relationships between prime contractors and consultants to foster opportunities for D/M/WBEs to participate in large contracts with NTTA. The ROAD Program provides opportunities for new and emerging D/M/WBE firms to have expanded access to resources, a broader scope of services, deeper technical knowledge and improved business management and operations processes by partnering with larger, more established firms offering similar services. The program is designed to equip D/M/WBE firms to compete for larger projects.

Cooperative Inclusion Plan – CIP is a comprehensive approach to addressing the lack of D/M/W/SBEs and HUBs in highway contracting. The CIP provides a road map for addressing this challenge and aims to bring together the key highway players and contractor associations to close this gap. The North Texas region is a dynamic and diverse community. The CIP paves the way to build

Business Diversity Advisory Council – NTTA Board of Directors recommended a group of nine business and community leaders to guide NTTA’s new Business Diversity Advisory Council. The group advises NTTA in its efforts to encourage the participation of D/M/W/SBEs in NTTA contract opportunities, assists NTTA’s Business Diversity Department with outreach activities, serves as a primary resource in identifying specific industry groups to target for procurements, and helps identify inclusion barriers experienced in contracting.