Annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Workshop and Networking Summit

Save the Date: DBE Annual Event January 28-29, 2025. Glacier Canyon Conference Center at the Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) hosts the Annual 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.

The workshops from the previous summits are posted below for educational and informational purposes

We also congratulate the 2024 Golden Shovel and Hall of Fame Awardees.

The Secretary’s Golden Shovel awards presented during the Annual DBE Summit Awards Luncheon are designed to recognize exemplary efforts and actions in the implementation of DBE Program principles and desired outcomes. Each year hundreds of contractors and consultants participated in the development of WisDOT projects across the state. The Golden Shovel award recognizes nominated contractors, consultants, and/or agencies that have gone above and beyond contractual obligations in implementing the principles of the DBE Program that focus on nondiscrimination, business development efforts, compliance procedures and fair and equitable access.

To nominate an individual/firm/agency for a Golden Shovel award consider what you have observed or knowledge that you have of that individual, firm, or organization’s contributions to meeting DBE program objectives in 2024. Please include examples that support your nomination for the candidate when completing the nomination form.

Email your completed form to If you have any questions on your nomination, please call Rosalind Roberson at (414) 266-1172.

Congratulations to the 2024 Secretary's Golden Shovel Award Winners

ANASA Traffic Control Services (DBE)
HNTB Corporation
Hoffman Construction Company
Lakeside Engineers (DBE)
Zignego Construction Company

Hall of Fame Inductee

James Harris, Sirrah Construction LLC (DBE) Posthumously

On stage at the 2024 annual event, WisDOT staff and Golden Shovel award winners.
Left to Right: Tondra Davis (OBOEC Director); Kristina Boardman (WisDOT Deputy Secretary); Rebecca Burkel (DTSD Administrator); Dustin Hunt, Andy Kowske, Brenda Schoenfeld and Ashley Booth (HNTB); Todd Matheson and Scott Lawry (DTSD Deputy Administrators); Andy Luehmann and Nick Bennett (HNTB)