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Small Business Development Program Training and Registration

Updated Jan 5, 2023

Construction in the transportation market requires a unique and diversified set of skills. The Training Component of the MTA Small Business Development Program (SBDP) is designed to provide you with the technical and business development skills you need to succeed at the MTA and in the transportation industry. The SBDP provides an intensive series of 18 sessions that will support your ability to bid on transportation projects, grow your business and manage your projects.

Pre-qualified MTA Small Business Mentoring contractors

If you are accepted into the MTA Small Business Mentoring Program (SBMP) before the start of a semester, you are required to complete all 18 sessions within that semester. If you have been accepted into the SBMP at any point after the start of a semester, you may complete the full 18 sessions within a two semester period. However, you are required to begin attending courses immediately upon notification of acceptance.

Attendance is mandatory for all SBMP Contractors participating in the program. Failure to complete all courses as outlined below will automatically disqualify your firm from participating as a bidder for SBMP contracts until you have completed all required courses.

Who can participate

All small businesses, including, but not limited to, MTA Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), New York State Certified Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOBs).

Only principals, officers and project managers of a participating firm who have a substantial ownership interest in, or who have substantial responsibilities for, running the business may attend the courses.

At the conclusion of the 18-session program, each successful firm will receive a Certificate of Completion from the MTA.

Available courses

  • How to Do Business with the MTA
  • Bidding and Estimating
  • Prevailing Wage/Compliance and Ethics
  • Project Management/Quality Project Scheduling
  • Safety
  • Change Order and Payment Requisition
  • What Every Small Business Owner Should Know About Government Marketing
  • Your Business In New York Construction
  • Developing a Profitable Business
  • Cash Flow and Financial Management
  • Business Communications
  • Construction Law
  • Access to Capital/ Surety Bonding/ CEO Toolkit
  • How to Be a Prime Contractor