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Office of Equal Opportunity

The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) manages and monitors the Washington State Department of Transportation's External Civil Rights Programs.  These programs include:

  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE)
  • Minority & Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE)
  • Small Business Enterprises (SBE)
  • On the Job Training (OJT)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Contract Compliance (EEO CC)
  • Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) / 504 Rehabilitation Act
  • Title VI
  • Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
  • Environmental Justice (EJ)


Small Business Development Series - Managing Your Business and Preparing for Contracting Opportunities - Free Workshop for Small and Emerging Businesses. 
When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Where: William Factory Small Business Incubator, Tacoma

How to Prepare a Responsive Proposal - Free Class for Small Businesses
When: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Red Wind Casino, Olympia

Northwest Mountain MSDC Member & MBE Development Day - Free event for certified MBEs.
Attend various interactive workshops on topics including marketing, sales, MBE development and contracting with expert panelists and moderators. 
When: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport

Biz Fair 2014 - Free event for small businesses.
Learn how to form and run a small business. Connect with government agencies and business organizations. Attend seminars that cover topics for all stages of business ownership.
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Renton Technical College

USDOT Bonding Education Program - Weekly classes to help small businesses in the transportation field become bond ready.
When: October 16 - November 18, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: New Holly Gathering Hall, Seattle

2014 Business After Hours - Free event for small, veteran, minority and women owned consulting and construction firms to network and establish meaningful relationships with prime contractors, consultants and agency staff, all in a casual and engaging atmosphere.
When: Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Maritime Event Center at Pier 66, Seattle

Port 101 - Free educational event for small businesses.
Learn about doing business with many local Ports.
When: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Bell Harbor Conference Center