The following survey is voluntary and may be completed anonymously.  Pursuant to federal regulation 49 C.F.R. Part 26, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking comments on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and overall DBE goal for the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA).  In establishing the overall DBE goal, the federal regulations require that MDOT consult with minority, women’s and general contractor groups, community organizations, and other officials or organizations which could be expected to have information concerning the availability of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged businesses, the effects of discrimination on opportunities for DBEs, and efforts to establish a level playing field for the participation of DBEs.  MDOT appreciates your input and requests that you answer the following survey questions.

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* 1. Type of work your firm primarily performs (choose one):

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* 2. How many years has your firm been in business?

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* 3. Is your firm a certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE)?

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* 4. Is your firm at least 51% owned and controlled by a racial/ethnic minority and/or female?

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* 5. Is your firm a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)?

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* 6. If your firm is a certified DBE, have you ever been asked to provide a quote to perform work or participate as a subcontractor on an SHA contract that did NOT have a DBE goal? 

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* 7. Have you ever solicited a minority- or woman-owned business to perform work or participate as a subcontractor on an SHA contract that did NOT have a DBE goal?

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* 8. In the past 2 years, has your firm submitted a bid or proposal on any SHA contract as a prime contractor? 

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* 9. If you submitted a bid or proposal on more than one SHA contract as a prime contractor during the past year, how many of those contracts were awarded to you?

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* 10. What percentage of SHA work performed by your firm was performed as a prime contractor? ( Please estimate percentage of gross receipts received based on total SHA contract work)

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* 11. As a prime contractor, have you ever solicited a minority- or woman- owned business to work with you as a subcontractor on a SHA contract that did NOT have DBE goals?

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* 12. In the past 2 years, has you form submitted a bid or proposal on any SHA contracts as a subcontractor to a prime contractor?

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* 13. How many times did prime contractors accept your bid?

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* 14. How many times was the contractor that selected you for its team successful in winning SHA contracts?

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* 15. What percentage of SHA work performed by your firm was performed as a subcontractor? (Please estimate percentage of gross receipts received based on total SHA contract work)

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* 16. If your firm performed work on SHA contracts as a subcontractor, what percentage of those contracts had DBE goals?

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* 17. In your experience, have any of the following factors negatively impacted your firm’s ability to do business in the Maryland marketplace? (Check all that apply.)

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* 18. Have you ever been treated less favorably due to race, ethnicity and/or gender while participating or attempting to participate in business dealings within the Maryland marketplace?

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* 19. If YES to question 18, choose all types of business dealings in which you have felt less favorably treated.

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* 20. In response to question 19, to the extent you feel comfortable sharing such experiences, please provide details regarding any business dealings in which you were treated less favorably due to race, ethnicity and/or gender.

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* 21. The current SHA DBE overall participation goal is 27.16%. Do you think this a fair goal for disadvantaged business participation?

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* 22. In response to question 21, please explain why or why not?  (For example, explain whether you think the goal reflects the existing availability of minority businesses that provide goods and services sought by SHA).

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* 23. Do you think the current goals should be adjusted?

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* 24. In response to question 23, describe why you think the current goals should increase, decrease or remain the same as indicated above.

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* 25. In response to question 24, identify and or describe any data or evidence to support your position? 

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* 26. Please provide any other input you or your firm has regarding SHA procurement and/or the DBE Program.

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* 27. Please list any construction minority-focused organizations that you would you like to see used to disseminate DBE and  related notices and other information.

THANK YOU FOR COMPLETING THE SURVEY!
 
Note: To request additional information and/or a meeting with MDOT/SHA representatives to discuss DBE goals or this survey, contact the MDOT's Office of Small & Minority Business Policy (OSMBP) at mdotmbeoutreach@mdot.maryland.gov or 410-865-1298.
Note: In addition to the Survey, Stakeholders also have an opportunity to participate in Stakeholder Public Consultation and Listening Sessions scheduled on June 9th, 2021 10:00 Subcontractors Only (10:00 a.m. click here; 2:00 p.m. click here) and June 11th, 2021 Prime Contractors Only (10:00 a.m. click here; 2:00 p.m. click here). Registration is now open. For additional information contact Vashti Pyatt at vpyatt@mdot.maryland.gov

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PROVIDING YOUR NAME AND BUSINESS INFORMATION IS OPTIONAL. IF YOU PREFER TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS, PLEASE STOP HERE.

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