DBE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES
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About CEI (Construction Estimating Institute)

About the DBE Supportive Services Programs

CEI is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to improve the skills of individuals working in the construction industry. CEI is the provider of the DBE Supportive Services Program for the Florida Department of Transportation.

​CEI has been developing construction professionals for over thirty years, since its founding in 1982. CEI is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida and provides training and consulting services to the construction industry both nationwide and internationally.
Over 60,000 construction industry personnel have received training and consulting from CEI over the past thirty years. CEI delivers public training courses in the areas of civil estimating, building estimating, project scheduling, construction project management, construction negotiating, construction business management, construction bonding, construction laws, construction safety, accounting and financial management. CEI also provides private training and consulting for construction companies, professional associations and governmental agencies. For more information on CEI, click here.
The purpose of the DBE Supportive Services Program is to increase the number of certified DBE contractors and consultants doing business with FDOT and the dollar percentage awarded to DBEs, as well as contribute to DBEs' growth and eventual self-sufficiency, by assisting with learning how to do business with FDOT, how to comply with all required regulations, and by accomplishing the program's goals and objectives.


The following services are provided through the program:

  • DBE certification assistance to potentially qualified DBEs desiring work with FDOT
  • Orientations for new DBEs
  • Bid matching assistance
  • General matchmaking assistance
  • Capacity building and developmental assistance through the Business Development Program