Equal Opportunity Office
Q: Why did the Department
create the Business Development Initiative?
A: The Business Development Initiative
(Initiative) is designed to support the Departmentís
efforts to increase competition, lower prices, and
increase support to meet its contracting needs over the
next 10 years. The Initiative is designed to provide
more opportunities and support for small businesses to
move from subcontracting and sub-consulting to prime
contracting and consulting roles.
Q: What is the
A: Eligible firms must meet the small business
definition provided above. Additionally, only firms who
have not been awarded a prime construction,
maintenance, or consultant contract(s) from the Florida
Department of Transportation in the past twelve months
Q: What is the
Departmentís definition of a small business?
The Florida Department of
Transportation will use the US Department of
Transportation (USDOT)definition of a small business as defined
by 49 CFR 26.65. The USDOT definition uses the
Small Business Administration (SBA) definition which has
different size standards for the type of work performed.
The USDOT definition limits the size standard to $20.41
million. A business determines their size by
averaging their annual gross receipts over the last
three years. If their average gross receipts are
under the SBA size standard for a particular type of
work and under $20.41 million, the business would be
considered a small business.
Q: What are the benefits
of this Initiative?
A: Contracts are reserved for competition among
other small businesses with similar capacity. The bid
bond will be reduced and the performance bonds will be
Q: What is the difference
between the Initiative and the DBE Program?
A: In a race neutral program, no contracts are
reserved for DBEs. The Initiative program does not
scrutinize the firm ownerís social and economic status
and the Initiative does reserve contracts.
Q: What types of projects
will be reserved?
A: The Initiative will reserve maintenance,
construction, and consultant contracts. The Department
will identify consultant contracts where an additional
five points in the selection process will be given to
small businesses or those who use small businesses as
Q: Where will the work be
A: The Department will use District 2 as the
primary pilot district. During the second year of the
pilot program, all Districts will be required to
participate in the Initiative. For a Department
district map please log onto -http://www.dot.state.fl.us/MapsAndPublications/distmap/d2map.htm
Q: What is the process
for bidding on a reserved contract?
A: The Equal Opportunity Office website will
have a link that lists reserved contracts. A Bid
Solicitation Notice (BSN) will appear on the website and
will include instructions for ordering plans and
submitting bids. An advertisement will be on the
website for professional service jobs.
Q: How will I know when a
reserved contract is being let?
A: The Department will advertise reserved
contracts in local newspapers and trade publications.
The most recent reserved contracts can also be found on
the Departmentís Contracts Administration, Procurement,
and Equal Opportunity Office websites.
Q: Will my company be
required to get bonded?
A: The Department may waive the bonding
requirement if the Department determines that the
project is of a non-critical nature and noncompliance
will not endanger public health, safety, or property.
The Proposal Guarantee maybe reduced and must accompany
Q: Does my company need
to be prequalified?
A: Bidders on reserved
construction contracts will not be
required to be prequalified. Professional service
projects that are reserved will require
Q: Will all other state
and federal rules and regulations apply?
A: General Liability, Workers Compensation,
Protective Public Liability, and Property Damage
Liability insurance are all required. All other state
and federal rules and regulations apply.
Q: What is the process for providing the
Department with input about the Initiative?
A: The Department will conduct a series of Focus
Group sessions in each District over a six month period
starting in January 2007. The purpose of the Focus
Group sessions is to gather information to identify
strategies that the Department could implement that
would assist businesses in moving from a
subcontractor/sub-consultant to a prime
contractor/consultant and identify barriers that need to
Q: How can I obtain more information about the
Business Development Initiative?
A: For more information about the Business
Development Initiative please visit the Departmentís
Equal Opportunity Officeís website:
or send your e-mail inquiries to: