RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways, in partnership with its Office of Civil Rights, is inviting small, historically disadvantaged businesses to learn more about contracting opportunities with the agency.

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, department staff will host a virtual event for NCDOT Division 2, which includes Carteret, Beaufort, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico and Pitt counties.

According to NCDOT, to date, more than 200 people representing more than 150 firms have participated in the events. NCDOT awards contracts for mowing, litter pickup, snow and ice removal, traffic control, painting, striping, road construction and other work.

The events are designed for people who own Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, or DBEs, which NCDOT considers small, woman-owned or minority-owned businesses. The department intends to host the outreach events in all 14 highway divisions this year.

NCDOT requests business owners RSVP if they would like to attend virtually. To RSVP for the Division 2 event, contact Mary Margaret Herring by email at or 252-775-6100.    

(4) comments

David Collins

Just WHO decides which businesses are disadvantaged ? Sounds like the failed attempt to give special treatment and money to black farmers only . Is this the North Carolina version of the same thing ? Let everyone bid for the work equally .


A disadvantaged business is classified as any business that:

-Is 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by women or minorities (e.g., Black, Hispanic, Asian-American or Native American)

-Has not exceeded an average of $23.98 million in gross annual receipts over a three-year period

-Is owned by women or minorities who have a personal net worth of less than $1.32 million

This was easily searchable information.

David Collins

Gee , thanks . Saved me some time as well as provided confirmation .

So , the above described individuals are automatically disadvantaged based on race , gender and income . Better get my wife to quickly form a company and get on this gravy train . No wonder we have so many things that are halfa**ed done .


Having the business is the wifes name to take advantage of set asides is very common. teaching people about how to advance their business via existing programs seems a good thing to me. IE: more profits more taxes paid, more local spending, more local jobs.

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