Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Capacity Building Mentorship Program
The Washington State Department of Transportation's Capacity Building Mentorship Program was created in response to the Governor's Results Washington Goals. Sound Transit partnered with WSDOT under the program’s relaunch.
Equal Opportunity
Our intent is to foster a more competitive environment by building a broader base of certified Minority, Small, Veteran, and Women Business Enterprises (MSVWBE), that are able to perform work on transportation-related projects.
Strengthening Local Businesses
Our objective is to strengthen the long-term stability of certified firms by focusing on critical business skills that contractors and professional firms need to compete successfully.
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The CBMP pairs small, minority, veteran and women businesses with successful prime contractors and consultants. These mentors provide technical assistance and business advice to strengthen the protégés’ capacity to work with Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit projects. This program is intended to enhance the capabilities and participation of underserved businesses that are able to perform work on transportation-related projects.

About The Program Administrator

The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only Federal Government agency solely dedicated to the support of minority businesses enterprise. MBDA was originally established as the Office of Minority Business Enterprise by President Richard M. Nixon on March 5, 1969.

About MBDA-TACOMA

Operating since September of 2016, MBDA-Tacoma Business Center is one of 40 centers providing technical assistance and strategic business consulting to established minority-owned businesses in the Puget Sound region.

WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity, along with Sound Transit, is responsible for the program and the immediate objective is to strengthen the long-term stability of certified firms by focusing resources on those critical business skills that contractors need to compete successfully.

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