U.S. Department of Transportation in Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming
DAWA's team is currently contracted by U.S. Department of Transportation’s to provide technical assistance to DBE companies wanting to do work on US DOT projects. The team implements services in a 6 state region. DAWA's team provides DBE outreach, procurement opportunity identification, stakeholder communications, one-on-one coaching with DBEs and weekly and monthly reporting.
Joseph Serna also implements the Bonding Education Program, working with stakeholders - colleges, universities, Associated General Contractors, SBA, tribal entities, DBEs and government agencies. The DAWA team also developed and coordinates events to help DBEs expand their business. DAWA coordinates marketing and video production.
Colorado Department of Transportation
DAWA Enterprises was contracted by the Colorado Department of Transportation through the BOWD Program to provide Technical Assistance to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and Emerging Small Businesses (ESBs) that were actively bidding and proposing on Colorado Department of Transportation work. DAWA provided one-on-one coaching to help clients with: financial systems, business growth, strategic planning, employee hiring, retention and training, creating marketing materials - including websites, Statement of Qualifications, logos, business cards, letterhead and e-newsletters, networking successfully, communicating with prime contractors, creating a winning proposal, bidding on projects, insurance, payroll, applying for certifications - 8(a), SDB, DBE, MBE, WBE and HUBZone. DAWA conducted an initial assessment and then worked with the client to create a strategic plan to take their company to the next level.
Native American Liaison
DAWA Enterprises worked with construction companies to understand the politics and mechanics of doing business on and off the reservation. DAWA helped companies understand the rules and regulations for Indian Preference, TERO, economic development councils, land councils and tribal councils.