Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Breaking the Barrier Free Seminar

By Kim Kircher, TrANS Instructor

Integrity Grading & Excavating of Schofield will present “Breaking the Barrier” on January 23, 2020, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 1000 Imperial Avenue, Rothschild, WI 54474.

The Breaking the Barrier is a free seminar to discuss, learn and network on what it means to be a DBE in Wisconsin, and the following topics will be discussed:

  • How to build a company profile
  • Where to find work
  • Bidding on Federal and State jobs
  • Handling compliance issues
  • Increasing your workforce
  • Advantages of becoming a DBE
  • Success stories of DBEs
  • Networking
  • Bonding
  • Resources and help

There is a shortage of DBEs and WBEs in the state of Wisconsin, mainly in the northcentral and northwestern regions. Many employers have a hard time finding these companies in these parts of the state.

What is a DBE? DBE stands for “Disadvantaged Business Enterprise”, and this means it is a minority or female-owned business, These businesses meet federal requirements (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) on road building projects.

Who is a minority? In this case, it is a person of color or a female. Many of female-owned DBEs in Wisconsin are also known as WBEs, or a Woman Business Enterprise”, and sometimes refer to themselves as being a DBE (WBE).

Certain state and federal highway projects require a number of minority and female-owned businesses, either being the prime contractor or as a sub-contractor. They get priority over a company that is not a DBE or WBE.

The National Safety Council has said that Native Americans are the least represented in the construction field for DBE businesses, and Wisconsin has the lowest number of Native American DBEs.

This is the second year that Integrity Grading & Excavating is holding this FREE seminar, and this is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to start a highway construction business and but may be overwhelmed on where to start!

You must RSVP if you plan on attending. TrANS graduates who attend the seminar will be reimbursed mileage from Mole Lake. Refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, please call 715-359-4042 or email