NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – While many small businesses have struggled in recent years, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is trying to change that.
“One thing for small businesses, coming in and working with the DOT gives them the opportunity to grow their business, to maintain their business,” said Trevor Carroll, assistant construction engineer for the division. “And we really want to partner with those companies.”
The NCDOT held a workshop at its Division 3 site in Castle Hayne on Saturday afternoon, giving more information on how companies can get involved in their department. Their main focus is not only to reach small business owners, but also women and minority-owned businesses.
“If you don’t go, you’ll be part of the ‘good old network,'” said Peggie Simpson, equal opportunity contractor compliance manager. “So if you walk in there and let people see you and know what you’re doing, that’s a better opportunity for you.”
Simpson works to ensure that all minorities and women are represented in the field and encourages everyone to come forward in the business world.
“People do business with people they know,” Simpson said. “Attend awareness activities, never give up and keep moving forward.”
The presentation covered everything from road maintenance, mowing, road construction and landscaping contracts. All apart from NCDOT’s efforts for business awareness initiative.
“Our infrastructure is critical to all of us,” Carroll said. “People go to school, transport goods and services for our use as consumers, so that really matters to us. And we want people to associate with us with the same desire to help and to serve.
Their next meeting for even-numbered divisions, such as Bladen and Columbus counties, will be Feb. 19 in Lumberton.
For more information on how to participate, click here.
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