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, short-term lending 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 SBTRC assists you with qualifying for the U.S. Department of Transportation loan guaranty program.
    • Revolving line of credit of up to $750,000
    • Transportation-related contracts are eligible
    • DBE, 8a, HUBZone, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) certified qualify
    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


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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