NC Launches Newsletter Aimed to Help Minority Contractors

Wed October 27, 2004 - Southeast Edition

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has launched a new quarterly newsletter as a resource for disadvantaged and small businesses.

On the Move is a joint effort between the department’s Office of Civil Rights & Business Development (OCR) and the Minority Contractor Expansion Council (MCEC), an external advisory board appointed by Secretary of Transportation Lyndo Tippett.

“There has never been a better time to do business with the department,” said Tippett. “On the Move provides the perfect avenue for sharing opportunities and other important information to boost growth among the state’s small and disadvantaged businesses.”

The newsletter will be shared with current and prospective disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE), minority business enterprises (MBE), women business enterprises (WBE), as well as prime contractors. The first edition includes a question and answer section for new businesses and a profile on the OCR’s new Director, Queen Crittendon. It also highlights the department’s Unified Certification Program on-line directory of DBEs, MBEs, WBEs and small business enterprises, that is a resource for contractors and department personnel.

On the Move is available on the Internet at The next newsletter will be released in January 2005.

The newsletter is part of Tippett’s efforts to expand opportunities for minority contractors and small businesses. Earlier in the year, Tippett appointed the department’s first female Director of the Office of Civil Rights. The department also has strengthened its Entrepreneurial Development Program,which is designed to provide specific training to DBEs on how to do business with NCDOT.