IHCC - Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program

The Illinois Tollway Department of Diversity and Strategic Development is a driving force for increasing economic opportunities in the diverse communities we serve.

 The goal of IHCC's Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Program is to prepare established transportation-related construction firms including disadvantaged minority-and women-owned business enterprise (D/M/WBE) firms, service disabled, veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) and veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) as well as small businesses to participate as prime contractors on highway and vertical construction contracts. 

The program provides contractors with a robust and focused approach to grow their businesses, starting by viewing their businesses as an investor. This shift provides business owners a new perspective for making business decisions directly tied to their growth.

This is a cohort based program which provides individual companies approximately 30+ hours of strategic one-on-one coaching and a series of group conferences to maximize collaboration and peer feedback. 

Program Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Construction company
  • Three years in business
  • Minimum of $250,000 in revenue

Assistance includes group training in the form of a cohort on the following topics:

  • One-on-one coaching
  • One-on-one meetings with primes
  • Post-bid debriefing
  • Post-contract assistance
  • Relationship building
  • Risk management
  • Safety plans
  • Strategic planning and partnership development
  • Access to capital
  • Bonding
  • Business management
  • Business operations
  • Certification
  • Financial management
  • Financing
  • IDOT pre-qualification application assistance

For more information, contact: 
Kelley Francis
Program Director

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