Benjamin Muller

Urban Planner & Graphic Designer

Derby City Hall

NVCOG Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

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I directly administered NVCOG’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program for FTA, FHWA, and EPA-assisted projects for federal fiscal years 2016–2018, stewarding over $1,000,000 to DBE firms and ensuring compliance on multiple projects during development, administration, and closeout.

The DBE Program was guided by the NVCOG DBE Program Plan and Goal, both of which I developed after NVCOG’s Triennial Review by FTA in FFY 2016.

The State of Connecticut also has a Supplier Diversity program for state-funded projects that operates in a similar manner, though agencies do not develop their own goals. This program was enacted for FY 2017. For the State’s Supplier Diversity program, I stewarded over $300,000 to small and minority-owned businesses, ensured agency compliance with State standards and statutes, and coordinated with the Department of Administrative Services on goal-setting.