The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting the Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward conference on Feb. 10 and 11 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. The conference, now in its 30th year, is hosted by IDOT’s Office of Business and Workforce Diversity and is intended to provide female- and minority-owned business with opportunities to make connections and develop skills to grow and succeed.

Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward will offer workshops and seminars on best practices, as well as networking opportunities, for firms and contractors wanting to do business with the state through the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.

Topics covered will include how to become certified, financing, insurance, bonding, marketing your company, negotiating agreements, cybersecurity and creating a safe working environment. Industry leaders and IDOT staff will be leading sessions as well on how to bid on, participate and deliver projects. A special awards presentation will conclude the conference.

The event is attended by subcontractors and prime contractors in construction, trucking, engineering and other consulting services. Visit idot.illinois.gov for registration information and other event details.