GUILFORD COUNTY — The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a meeting locally this week as part of an effort to encourage disadvantaged businesses to compete for state transportation contracts.

The outreach event for DOT Division 7, which includes High Point, will take place from 10 a.m to noon Saturday at the Highway Division 7 Office at 1584 Yanceyville St. in Greensboro.

Starting in June, the DOT’s Division of Highways in partnership with its Office of Civil Rights will host in-person outreach events in all 14 of the state’s highway divisions to educate disadvantaged business owners about how to do business with the state agency, Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette said. Disadvantaged business owners include small, minority-owned and woman-owned businesses.

“Our agency advertises and awards numerous contracts for projects big and small each year, but often many of these businesses may not be aware of how to work with our agency,” Boyette said. “Each project is an opportunity to encourage small and disadvantaged business participation, and to provide those businesses access to compete on NCDOT contracts.”

The agency awards contracts in many areas, including mowing, litter pickup, landscaping, snow and ice removal, traffic control, painting, striping and road construction.

During the outreach events, highway division staff will be on hand to discuss the types of contracts and advertisements for upcoming projects, as well as letting and award processes.

For more information, contact Heather Helms at hhelms@ncdot.gov or 336-487-0000.