The N.C. Department of Transportation is planning events for disadvantaged or minority-owned businesses to help them compete for state contracts.

The Division of Highways, working with its Office of Civil Rights, plans to meet with business representatives in each of its 14 districts this month, according to a NCDOT release.

The in-person meetings will offer information on how to do business with the NCDOT.

“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,” Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette said in the release.

“Each project is an opportunity to encourage small and disadvantaged business participation and to provide those businesses access to compete on NCDOT contracts,” he said.

Areas that are often contracted out are mowing, litter pickup, landscaping, snow and ice removal, traffic control, painting, striping and road construction, the release said.

Representatives from the Division of Highways will be on hand at the division meetings to discuss types of contracts, advertisements for upcoming projects and the letting and award process, the release said.

The Division 8 meeting, which includes Lee County, is scheduled from 10 a.m.-noon June 26 at the Highway Division 8 Office, 150 DOT Drive in Carthage.

Business owners and representatives are asked to RSVP if they plan to attend. To do so, contact Reuben Blakely at rblakley@ncdot.gov or 910-773-8003.

Additional information is available at ncdot.gov/highwaysdbe.