Supportive Services & Resources

Application Assistance

Project Solutions, Inc. is contracted as the DBE Support Services Consultant. We are committed to ensuring firms understand the application process and assisting them with their application with reviews and guidance throughout. This assistance helps provide opportunities for underutilized businesses to participate in federally funded highway construction contracting opportunities through DBE certification.

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One-on-One Business Consulting

We are committed to the growth and development of small businesses in all capacities. Here are some of the topics we can provide technical assistance with:

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

Our goal is to provide training and guidance that will help firms grow and build their business management potential. Our one-on-one business consulting services offer developed programs 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.
  • Capability Statement Development
  • Virtual Contractor Networking event for currently certified DBE’s! 

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Self-Guided Training Videos

We have an entire library of training videos that you can watch at your own pace. Project Solutions has worked hard to develop video trainings that are relevant in today’s business environment.  

Topics for video trainings include:

  • Plan Reading
  • Financial Reports in Quickbooks
  • Online Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Project Management
  • Onboarding
  • Recruiting
  • Bonding
  • Optimizing Your Business
  • And Much More!


Business Development Program

Do you want to take your business to the next level? The Business Development Program is a great way to start! This full curriculum is designed to give you and your team the knowledge, skills, and resources to grow your business. We work directly with you, the business owner, to identify organizational goals and areas of focus that will help move your business forward. We work hard to develop relationships with our clients to truly understand the personality and culture of your business so that we can uniquely tailor curriculum based on the current stage of your business and help determine growth strategies.



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. 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