Annual DBE Workshop and Networking Summit

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) hosts the Annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Workshop and Networking Summit to engage highway contractors, consultants, subcontractors and laborers in effective communications and teambuilding interactions that lead to a diverse and equitable highway contracting environment.

Read about the 2023 Annual DBE Workshop and Networking Summit the fall issue of the DBE Reporter​.

Two Day Agenda

March 2​Two men shake hands at the 2022 Annual DBE Workshop and Networking Summit

On-site registration and exhibits open: 9:30 a.m.
Opening sessions begin: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. 

  • ​ ​​​​​​Workforce development virtual presentation
  • ​​​​Towards Ethical Practice in-person workshop

Secretary’s Golden Shovel Award Luncheon: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.​​​​

  • ​​Featured speakers:  Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Wisconsin​ Division Director and WisDOT Secretary

Professional development workshops: 2:00 to 5:30 p.m 
Networking reception: 5:30 until 7:00 p.m 

March 3

Breakfast opens: 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast Power Hour Panel: 9:00 a.m.
Networking with prime contractors: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Networking with professional consultants: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Networking with Transportation Alliance for New Solutions (TrANS) Graduates : 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Networking with WisDOT staff (Southeast, Southwest, North Central, Northeast, Northwest Regions) : 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Conference ends: 1:00 p.m.

The purpose of the Secretary’s Golden Shovel Award is to recognize DBE firms and industry leaders for their outstanding highway contracting, project performance and program participation during the year, and to highlight individuals, organizations and groups instrumental to the success and progress of the DBE program​.

To nominate an individual, firm or agency for a Golden Shovel award consider their contributions to meeting DBE program objectives in 2022. Complete the nomination form​ and email it to​

​2022 Secretary's Golden Shovel Award Winners

  • ​​Clearcut Solutions (DBE), Secretary's Golden Shovel Awards
  • Jasmine Sonmor, Aura Fabricators Inc. (DBE), Vanguard Golden Shovel Award
  • Michels Corporation, Secretary's Golden Shovel Golden Shovel
  • Monarch Paving, Dan Zignego Diversity and Inclusion Golden Shovel Award
  • Oneida Engineering Solutions LLC (DBE), Secretary's Golden Shovel Golden Shovel
  • ​Tracey Griffith, Payne & Dolan, Inc., Secretary’s Golden Shovel Pioneer Award​

Secretary’s Golden Shovel Hall of Fame Winners

  • Dewayne Johnson, Southeast Region Director, retired
  • Steven Krebs, WisDOT Division of Transportation System Development, Deputy Administrator, retired
  • ​Meghan Vaxman, Rock Road Companies Inc.​​