DBE Support Services

Application and Program Assistance

Project Solutions Inc. is contracted as the DBE Support Services Consultant. We are committed to assisting firms with application and program assistance that helps to provide opportunities for underutilized businesses to participate in federally funded highway construction contracting opportunities.


We are committed to the growth and development of small business firms in all capacities. We can provide technical assistance with the following:

  • DBE Application Process
  • New DBE Orientation
  • Bidding and Estimating Assistance
  • Reading Project Plans
  • Building Bonding Capacity
  • Understanding DBE Program Guidelines
  • Matchmaking with Other Business Development Organizations

For any assistance with the DBE application process or DBE Programming, please contact us.

Business Development Training Opportunities

Our goal is to provide training and guidance that will help firms grow and build their business management potential. To accomplish this, we have developed program trainings that can be customized to your firm’s needs. All our services are provided free of charge to certified firms. Services we can provide upon request include:

  • A private business review to come up with a plan that fits your firms needs and goals.
  • Business Management Consulting with follow-up as needed.
  • Business training webinars and virtual webinar recordings are available here.
  • A complete Business Development Training Program with the creation of a viable business plan and annual reviews to help firms measure their progress and adjust their goals.
  • Virtual Contractor Networking event for currently certified DBE’s! 

For more information on any of our training opportunities, please contact us.

Capability Statements

A capability statement is a one-page marketing statement about your business competencies. Think of it as your business’s resume. What sets your business apart from the competition? Why would someone want to do business with you?


As part of our support services, we can assist your firm with the development of a capability statement to use as a marketing tool for your business. If you would like assistance with creating a capability statement, please contact us.


If it were not for the South Dakota Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, I am certain that I would not have had the opportunity to own & operate a construction business in South Dakota. Buskerud Construction, Inc. became a woman-owned business in 1992 with my purchase of 51% of the shares. This happened largely because my father saw an opportunity and encouraged me to consider moving back to South Dakota to purchase this business. If I had been a male, I might have been recruited to work in the construction industry when I graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in 1986. However, between the mindset of the industry and my own wanderlust, that did not happen. The DBE program was my opportunity. It opened doors in the industry for me. It allowed me to earn respect and be taken seriously as a woman in what is still a very male dominated industry. The program and the associated support services have been an intangible asset to our company. We were not only able to utilize the traditional bidding opportunities provided by the program, we were also able to use support services for training and consulting at different stages in our growth. During one particularly difficult time in our growth transition, we were able to use a business consulting opportunity that in my opinion saved us. We were able to not only survive that difficult time, but we were also able to start an even greater growth path. In 2012, after acquiring another company and growing organically, we re-branded our company to BX Civil & Construction. Today, we are a much larger company and are grateful for the humble beginning that the South Dakota DBE program provided us.
Kari Karst, CEO/President
BX Civil & Construction, Inc & Dell Materials Company