LIMA — The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will host a workshop for small and disadvantaged business owners from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 3, at the ODOT District 1 headquarters, 1885 N. McCullough St., Lima.
The event is geared toward women and small or disadvantaged business owners to learn about current employment opportunities with ODOT.
Registration is not required but encouraged at https://OpportunitiesWithODOTLima.eventbrite.com.
“This is a chance for women, for small or disadvantaged business owners and for all individuals to learn how to become a partner in business with us and to learn about current employment opportunities with ODOT,” said Chris Hughes, ODOT District 1 deputy director.
During the workshop, ODOT officials will share upcoming construction projects which may provide smaller and disadvantaged businesses with opportunity to participate. Vendors and suppliers will learn how to become eligible to work with ODOT. How to apply for employment opportunities will also be shared, particularly the current posting in the apprentice program which offers individuals the opportunity to earn a CDL while working for ODOT.
“The apprentice program is a unique opportunity. It offers those with little or no experience in equipment or highway work the chance to learn the field while also earning a CDL,” said Hughes.
The workshop was created to reach a broad audience and purposely centers on these three areas. “Many times we find that business owners seeking construction opportunities with ODOT are also looking to provide goods and services. And often they have a family member or friend looking for a job,” said Lisa Washington, northwest Ohio regional outreach manager for ODOT.