The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) – Northeast Region, located at LaGuardia Community College, helps new and emerging businesses obtain transportation-related contracts. We provide training and advising on marketing to the Department of Transportation, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification and bonding assistance. The SBTRC is funded by the USDOT’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.

    We serve New York State, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.


    The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification is a federal program that enhances your business’ chances of getting transportation work. The SBTRC provides expert-led training and counseling on qualifying for the DBE program.
    • Step-by-step application process and procedure
    • Review and packaging of application for fast processing
    The Bonding Education Program (BEP) addresses what you need to do to get your business bond-ready.
    • 9-week curriculum developed by the surety industry to dispel myths about bonding and get firms on the right path to “bondability”
    • Participating firms are matched with a local bond producer
    • This program is tailored to businesses competing for transportation-related contracts
    The SBTRC assists firms with qualifying for loan guaranty programs. If you have been awarded a government contract, you may be eligible to qualify for contract financing to help finance the receivables of the contract. In New York State we help qualify firms for the:
    • New York State Bridge to Success Loan Program
    • New York City Capital Access Program
    • Small Business Administration Loan Programs


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    Counseling sessions are held in person and via email or phone. Call or email to schedule a free counseling session: (718) 482-5941 or sbtrc@lagcc.cuny.edu